The New York City Police Museum

The New York City Police Museum

Located near Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, the New York City Police Museum is situated in an early twentieth century police station house. The collection of artifacts on display in this museum’s exhibits tells the story of the history and traditions of the NYPD, the largest police department in the United States.

A Landmark Building

The historic building which houses the New York City Police Museum was built between 1909 and 1911. The first precinct was located here until 1973 when it merged with the fourth precinct and moved uptown to its larger station house.

Constructed in the Neo-Italian Renaissance architectural style, at the time the first precinct was considered to be a model station house. Its design was emulated at police stations all across the country.

The building was dedicated in 2001 as the home of the Police Museum by the city’s mayor at the time, Rudolph Giuliani.

The Collections

This three-story building features a broad collection of fascinating objects on display from the museum’s archival holdings. Visitors can examine exhibits featuring a wide range of items such as notorious criminal Al Capone’s machine gun, vintage NYPD uniforms and radio equipment and historic precinct ledgers that document key moments in New York’s history.

9.11 Remembered and the Hall of Heroes

The New York City Police Museum’s permanent exhibit “9.11 Remembered” depicts how New York’s Finest courageously responded on September 11th, 2001. This stirring multi-media exhibit features artifacts from Ground Zero as well as photographs and interviews.

Another permanent exhibit that honours the brave men and women of the NYPD is the Hall of Heroes. This moving exhibit commemorates the police officers who died in the line of duty since 1857.

For the Kids

Get your mug shot taken, see what it’s like to be in a jail cell and make some noise with a police siren at the Junior Officers Discovery Zone, which features interactive exhibits for children aged three to ten. Kids can check out a patrol car and an emergency service vehicle equipped with authentic lights and sirens, hear radio calls, learn police codes and get their fingerprints taken at the Fingerprint Station. The New York City Police Museum also features event space for hosting children’s birthday parties.

Visiting The New York City Police Museum

The Police Museum is located at 100 Old Slip between Water and South Streets (four blocks south of South Street Seaport.)

Location: 100 Old Slip, New York City, New York.
Phone: 212-480-3100
Fax: 212-4809757
Museum Hours: Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 (closed om National Holidays)

Click here to visit The New York City Police Museum official website.