Director's Council of the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum’s Director’s Council is a group of individuals who have established an on-going commitment to the Museum and its mission. Each fall, they host the New York After Dark cocktail party as well as the black-tie Winter Ball gala dinner to raise funds and awareness for the Museum.
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Spring Symposium & Luncheon

At the Museum of the City of New York, it is our charge to celebrate New Yorkers who have made a lasting impact on the cultural landscape of this great city. The Spring Symposium & Luncheon, a beloved annual tradition for more than two decades, will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, when the City of Design Award will be presented to acclaimed designers Jacques Grange and Ralph Pucci. Inaugurated last year and presented to Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, the City of Design Award recognizes those who have made New York the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to our great city.

Mr. Grange will speak at the Symposium on his work and creative process, joined in conversation by Mr. Ralph Pucci. Past Symposium speakers have included Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jamie Drake, Peter Pennoyer, Miles Redd, Bunny Williams, William T. Georgis, and Alexa Hampton.

To learn more about the 2016 Spring Symposium & Luncheon click here.

Chairman’s Leadership Award Dinner

Each year, the Museum of the City of New York presents the Chairman’s Leadership Award to an outstanding corporate citizen in recognition of their contributions to the life and well-being of New York City. This year, we are proud to present the award to Fortress Investment Group LLC and Wesley R. Edens,Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board, at a gala dinner, on Thursday, June 9th.

To learn more about the 2016 Chairman’s Leadership award Dinner click here.

Frederick A. O. Schwarz Children’s Center Benefit

The Museum of the City of New York will host Hotsy Totsy on Fifth, A Speakeasy to benefit the Frederick A. O. Schwarz Children’s Center. We'll enjoy an evening of cocktails, music and dancing in the Museum’s Fifth Avenue building during this first event of its kind. Co-chairs are Kenneth E. Lee and Susan Jang, Kamie Lightburn, Kathy Prounis and Ann Spence.


This fall, the City Museum will present legendary jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis with the Louis Auchincloss Prize at the Cabaret! gala, featuring a performance and seated dinner on October 14th, 2015. The Prize recognizes and celebrates his indelible contributions to New York City’s jazz scene; outstanding work with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy and his enthusiastic support of the next generation of jazz greats. We are pleased to honor one who has ensured the continued vitality of such a uniquely American art form. Past Louis Auchincloss Prize honorees include Philip Glass, Stephen Sondheim, Lynne Meadow, Sheldon Harnick, Ada Louise Huxtable, Pete Hamill, and Elliott Erwitt.

Learn about the 2015 Cabaret! gala here.

Children's Holiday Party

The City Museum’s Children’s Holiday Party has been a beloved New York City holiday tradition for over 40 years. Designed for boys and girls ages 3 to 9 and organized by a volunteer committee of parents, it takes place in the Museum’s landmark building and includes a host of kid-friendly activities and performances, and of course, a visit with Santa.

Learn about the 2015 Children's Holiday Party here.

Events for the Alexander Hamilton Circle

Join us for exclusive receptions and private tours of exhibitions and art collections at the City Museum and beyond.
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2015 Young Members Circle Events

Enjoy walking tours of New York City neighborhoods, curator-led exhibition tours, and behind-the-scenes experiences at the City Museum created especially for our Young Members Circle.
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Winter Thaw

Join the Young Members Circle, a membership group for rising professionals ages 21 to 39, at the Sixth Annual Winter Thaw on April 1st, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Enjoy a specially curated cocktails, dancing throughout the Museum's landmark building, and private access to all of the Museum's exhibitions!
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For more information on these or other special events at the City Museum, please contact Claude Barilleaux at 917.492.3326 or