Are you a new New Yorker? Born and bred in the city and eager to learn more? Visiting for a short time or spending a semester seeing the sites? The Museum of the City of New York can arrange a tour to suit your needs and interests, from general overviews of the city’s history or in-depth explorations of special exhibitions, to after-hours and behind-the-scenes adventures.

About Group Tours

The Museum of the City of New York offers regularly scheduled public tours as well as guided private tours of the Museum's special exhibitions. A guided private tour lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, includes general admission to the Museum, and is available at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm or later. (Additional times may be available on request.) After-hours tours can be arranged for an additional fee. All groups receive a 15% discount in the Museum Shop.

For information or to schedule a tour, please call us at 917.492.3403.

(Pre-K through Grade 12 Student Groups should request a reservation with the Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center).

Guided Group Tour Rates and Information

Museum Scholar-led Tours – Adult

Enjoy a personalized, in-depth tour of the ongoing or special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions.

  • For Profit Rate - $16 per person, minimum flat rate of $320 for up to 20 adults.
  • Not-for-Profit Rate (includes college and university classes) - $14 per person, minimum flat rate of $280 for up to 20 adults.

Curator-led Tours

Enjoy a personalized, in-depth tour with the curator of the ongoing or special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions. $500 for up to 10 adults during regular hours; $650 for up to 10 adults after-hours

After-Hours Tours

Reserve an intimate evening tour led by a guest historian or curator of the special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions. $600 for up to 20 adults

Public Tours

Join a knowledgeable Museum docent for a highlights tour, available daily and free with Museum admission. Tours take place at 2:00 pm Monday–Friday and on Sundays, and on Saturdays at noon and 3:00 pm. All tours are in English and meet in the first floor Rotunda; no reservations are required.
Free, scholar-led gallery tours are also available on select days.

For information or to schedule a tour, submit the Group Reservations Form or call 917.492.3403, or e-mail

Tour Offerings: Summer 2016

Enjoy tours of the Museum’s exhibitions led by local scholars from the city’s universities, who are experts in the fields of urban history, architecture, and art history. Choose from the options below:

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs (Through October 9)

Cartoons from The New Yorker and more. Learn more >>

New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway (Through August 14)

Revisit the theater culture that blossomed on Manhattan's Lower East Side from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, and discover its legacy today. Learn more >>

Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860 (Through September 18)

Portraits of early New Yorkers painted by leading American painters of their day, capturing the aspirations of the rising, upstart merchant city from 1700-1860. Learn more >>

Activist New York (Ongoing)

Immerse yourself in the drama of social activism in New York City, past and present, on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, and sexual orientation. Learn more >>

Gilded New York (Ongoing)

Decorative objects, accessories, and costumes reveal the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. Learn more >>

Highlights of the Museum

During this interactive tour, participants will experience the art and artifacts displayed in the Museum’s ongoing and temporary exhibitions. Participants will view the variety of photographs, maps, documents, and objects on display and discover how each reflects the city’s history. Learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Tour Offerings: Coming Fall 2016

New York at Its Core (Opening November 18 2016)

The first-ever museum presentation of New York City's gripping, four-century story of growth and transformation. Learn more >>

Gay Gotham (Opening October 7 2016)

A look at the gay artistic networks of 20th-century New York City. Learn more >>

Taming the Metropolis: New York and Zoning 1916-2016 (Opening November 9)

The 1916 Zoning Law continues to shape the city we know today in countless, often unseen, ways. Learn more >>

Lunch and Dining Options

Chalsty’s Cafe is open daily from 10 am–5 pm and offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages. For additional dining options and neighborhood restaurant recommendations, please call 917.492.3403.

Reservations and Policies

  • Reservations are required for all guided group visits.
  • All tours are subject to availability and must be booked at least two weeks in advance; however, less notice can be accommodated if the schedule permits.
  • Guided tours are for a minimum of 10 people. If your group is less than 10, you will be charged for the minimum flat rate.
  • Self-guided adult groups do not need to make a reservation ahead of time. Admission will be based on individual rates.