What's to Do and See?
The Museum of New York City has a huge collection of items spanning the history of New York City from 1623. Books, manuscripts, military items, furniture, period clothing and toys are just some of the interesting articles available at the museum. In addition, the museum is famous for its collection of photographs that cover New York from a number of angles and time periods. Visitors can view remarkable photographs from the Depression era for example.
The Museum of New York City offers visitors the chance to view ever-changing exhibitions on subjects relating to the past, present and future of this exciting city. Current exhibitions include the “The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community” which reveals the fascinating history of this newspaper which once boasted readership greater than the New York Times itself. Another current exhibition is entitled “New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac” which celebrates the remarkable photography of this man who served for three decades with the New York City Department of Bridges/Plants and Structures.
- “Timecapes” : A multimedia showing that traces the history of New York City from its days as a tiny settlement for a handful of Europeans, Native Americans and African slaves, until its present day status as the greatest metropolitan on earth. The show runs for 25 minutes right through the day.
- “Perform” : This exhibition explores the history of theater in the New York. It presents a variety of costumes, props and photographs to see how the theatrical life changed in the city over time and how the city was influenced by the arts.
- “ New York Interiors”: This exhibition examines the domestic environments of New York City inhabitants from the early days of the first Dutch settlers until modern times. Recreations of living rooms from different time periods are just some of the interesting facets of this collection.
- “ New York Toy Stories”: For a bit of nostalgia, nothing beats this collection of toys from yester-year, including dolls, cars and games. A focal point of this exhibition is the famous Stettheimer dollhouse. A separate dollhouse gallery is also a great place to visit, although the gallery is currently being renovated and visitors should check to see when it will be open to the public again.
- The Rockefeller Rooms: The fifth floor of the Museum of the City of New York exhibits the recreation of houses belonging to several men known as the Baron Robbers, including Rockefeller.
The Museum of the City of New York offers visitors the opportunity to take part in a number of regular programs. Some of these are free with a museum admission ticket, while others are subject to a fee. More information about upcoming programs can be obtained through the museum’s offices. Visitors can choose from programs dealing with a wide range of topics, such as discussions on the role of women during the Spanish Civil War, ethnic diversity in the city, famous sportspeople and theater in the city. The museum also offers programs geared especially towards families which offer participants the chance to partake in hands-on workshops, active discussions and culture-enrichment events.
The museum’s store is open from Tuesday to Sunday (and holiday Mondays) from 10 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. The store offers a wide variety of items relating to the history of New York City, as well a large choice of books, maps and posters.