Queens Museum of Art

Queens Museum of Art

This art museum is home to the famous Panorama, a scale model of the five boroughs of New York City. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Museum of Art (QMA) features a dynamic schedule of art exhibitions, educational programs and special events. In addition to the Panorama, the museum’s permanent collection boasts a dazzling display of Tiffany glass made at the Tiffany Studios in Queens in the early 1900s.

Art and Programs for the Community

The Queens Museum of Art strives to offers art exhibits and programs that relate to New Yorkers and the residents of Queens, one of the most diverse communities in the U.S. Past exhibitions include Queens International, a exhibition of works by artists from around the world who live or work in Queens and Hassan Khan’s The Hidden Location, which was the first New York museum installation by the Egyptian video artist.

On permanent display at the museum is The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, which features the works of Louis C. Tiffany in the New York metropolitan area. This extraordinary collection includes Tiffany windows, lampshades, and more than two hundred pieces of flat glass.

This museum also offers many fun and educational programs and events for the community including outdoor theatre and music festivals, International Home Movie Day and the New New Yorkers program which offers a variety of classes including language and computer skills for immigrant adults.

The New York City Building

The QMA is located in the New York City Building, which was built to house the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. It was one of the few structures built to be permanent and is the only building that remains from the 1939/40 Fair. From 1946 to 1952, it housed the United Nation’s General Assembly.

Designed by architect Aymer Embury III, who also constructed the Central Park Zoo, the New York City Building became a recreation center after the World’s Fair with a roller rink and an ice rink. The north side of the New York City Building today houses the Queens Museum of Art.

The Panorama

Created for the 1964 World’s Fair by Robert Moses, the Panorama is a scale model of New York City. It took three years and a team of 100 people to create. It was a spectacular display in the New York City Pavilion, attracting over 1,000 visitors each day eager to experience the simulated helicopter ride. The Panorama is still open to the public today and is considered the jewel of the QMA’s permanent collection.

This architectural model of New York City is the largest model of its kind in the world at 9,335 square-feet. There are almost one million individual structures that were built on a scale of one inch for every 100 feet, representing every single building built in the five boroughs before 1992.

Visiting the Queens Museum of Art in New York City

The QMA is located in the New York City building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York. Admission is by suggested donation. A cafe is located on-site and the museum’s gift shop features hand made goods by local artisans.

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York
Phone: 718-592-9700
E-mail: info@queensmuseum.org

For more information including hours of operation and scheduling tours, call 718-592-9700 or visit the Queens Museum of Art website.