Upcoming Programs

The book talks and lectures below are held at The Skyscraper Museum from 6:30-8 pm and are free of charge, except when noted. The gallery and exhibition are open for viewing from 6 pm. To assure admittance, guests must either use the RSVP form on this site or send an email to [email protected] with the name of the program you would like to attend.

Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members and employees of Corporate Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

Book Talks continue to be presented as webinars. Past lectures are posted on our website and YouTube channel for full online access. Curator's tours are held in-person in the gallery.


RSVP Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM

The Museum’s director, Carol Willis, will offer a gallery tour of RESIDENTIAL RISING: Lower Manhattan since 9/11, which focuses on Downtown’s doubled population and transformed skyline over the past twenty years. Curator’s tours are FREE, but you must book a timed ticket at 3pm on Eventbrite, through the RSVP button.

New York Art Deco:
Birds, Beasts & Blooms

RSVP Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM
New York City, arguably the world’s Art Deco capital, is well known for its iconic towers. In a new book, New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms, photographer ANDREW GARN and writer ERIC P. NASH illustrate the myriad ways that Art Deco is drawn in steel, stone, terra cotta, brass, and bronze upon the city’s great buildings. Featuring both the legendary landmarks and little known treasures, this new collection of Garn’s photographs richly illustrates the metropolitan menagerie. Join us for a visual feast of Birds, Beasts & Blooms.

Walking Tour:
Residential Rising, Lower Manhattan since 9/11

RSVP Fri, Oct 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Led by Museum Director Carol Willis, the walking tour will cover blocks from City Hall Park, a perfect vantage to admire the new stand-out residential towers, and wind south through the Financial District to Wall Street, where Art Deco office buildings have been converted to hundreds of small rental apartments with lavish amenity spaces. Along the way, we will discuss the zoning changes, financing incentives, and historic preservation and development strategies that have produced a new neighborhood.

Buried Beneath the City:
An Archaeological History of New York

RSVP Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Buried Beneath the City uses urban archaeology to retell the history of New York, from the deeper layers of the past to the topsoil of recent events. The book demonstrates how the archaeological record often goes beyond written history by preserving mundane things—details of everyday life that are beneath the notice of the documentary record.

Unequal Cities:
Overcoming Anti-Urban Bias to Reduce Inequality in the United States

RSVP Tue, Dec 6, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Cities are central to prosperity: they are hubs of innovation and growth. Yet the economic vitality of wealthy cities is marred by persistent and pervasive inequality. In his new book Unequal Cities, economist Richard McGahey argues that deeply entrenched anti-urban policies and politics limit cities’ options to address inequality.

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The programs of The Skyscraper Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The programs of The Skyscraper Museum are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.