Museum of the City of New York: Where the Past Informs the Future
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The Museum is open seven days a week, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Docent's Choice Tours are available every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:00pm. The tour is free with your Museum admission. All tours are in English.
Exhibits - Ongoing:
Activist New York
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.
An engrossing 22-minute multimedia experience, traces the growth of New York City from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s great cities. Created by Jake Barton of Local Projects and James Sanders, co-writer of the PBS series New York: A Documentary History, and narrated by actor Stanley Tucci, the film features animated maps and archival photographs, prints, and paintings from the Museum’s collections.
Exhibits - Current:
Picturing Central Park
These monumental (some are 15 feet in width!) paintings by Janet Ruttenberg celebrate Central Park and those who gather within its green borders.
A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery (May 15, 2013 - October 13, 2013)
Predating both Central Park and Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery was one of the most important public green spaces in 19th-century America. A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery marks the 175th anniversary of this significant national landmark, exploring how its carefully constructed bucolic landscape reflected changing notions not only of death but of nature, and how Green-wood helped to inaugurate a rising trend of so-called rural cemeteries and public parks.
Marine Paintings from the Collection of the Museum of the City of New York (Opened Feb. 28, 2013)
This installation showcases newly conserved marine paintings from the Museum’s important collection of Maritime art, many of which have not been on public view in decades. The paintings represent a range of artistic styles and movements, from ship portraits commissioned by captains and owners to the romantic riverscapes of the Hudson River school. Together, they illuminate New York’s rich maritime history, including the shipping lines that made the city the nation’s commercial and manufacturing center in the 19th century, luxurious Gilded Age sporting yachts, and naval parades in New York Harbor.
(Exhibits current at time of publication, but subject to closure or change without notice.)
About the Ticket Supplier: Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.