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 City Museum can arrange a tour to suit your needs and interests from general overviews of the city’s history, in-depth explorations of special exhibitions, and after-hours and behind-the-scenes adventures.

About Group Tours

The City Museum 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. Dining packages are available upon request.

For information or to schedule a tour, submit the Group Reservations Form.

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(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

$200 for up to 10 adults; $20 for each additional adult participant; $15 for each additional senior

Museum Scholar-led College and University Tours

$150 for up to 10 students; $15 for each additional student participant

Curator-led Tours

$350 for up to 10 adults; $35 per person for each additional participant

After-Hours Tours

$500 for up to 10 adults; $50 per person for each additional participant

Behind-the- Scenes Tours

$500 to up to 10 adults; $50 per person for each additional participant

For information or to schedule a tour, submit the Group Reservations Form or call 917.492.3403, or e-mail groups@mcny.org.

Museum Scholar-led Tours

Museum Scholar-led Tours

$200 for up to 10 adults; $20 for each additional adult participant; $15 for each additional senior.

Museum Scholar-led College and University Tours

$150 for up to 10 students; $15 for each additional student participant.


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

Gilded New York (ongoing)

Explore the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries. Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile (available through September 7, 2014)

Discover the Guastavinos' contribution to some of America's greatest public spaces. Throughout the five boroughs are more than 200 long-overlooked marvels of engineering and architectural beauty. Enjoy this major exhibition exploring the innovations the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company (1889-1962) brought to the science and art of building. Originally organized by MIT’s John Ochsendorf, who is a MacArthur Fellow; it is substantially expanded here to include some 20 key Guastavino spaces in the five boroughs.

The City as Canvas (available through August 24, 2014)

Visit New York in the 1980s through the collection of Martin Wong, a Chinese-American painter who was actively engaged in New York’s downtown art scene and supported the work of young urban street artists. Participants will receive a guided tour of this exhibition featuring seminal works from the City Museum's pivotal collection of historic New York graffiti art.

The Museum of the City of New York Inside and Out: Architecture Tour

Discover the secrets of the Museum’s 1932 building designed by Joseph H. Freedlander. Participants will uncover the architectural features of the Colonial Revival style such as its columns and brickwork as well as the numerous interior features, such as the moldings, lighting fixtures, and inlaid floor designs, unique to the Museum.

This is New York! History of New York City Tour

How did New York City grow into the metropolis it is today? Both newcomers and native New Yorkers will delight in exploring the city’s exciting history through the multi-media experience, Timescapes and guided tours of Activist New York and other complimentary exhibitions.

Picturing New York City History: 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.

Ongoing or Special Exhibition Tour

Visit the Exhibitions page to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.

Curator-led Tours

Curator-led Tours

$350 for up to 10 adults; $35 per person for each additional participant

Enjoy a personalized, in-depth tour with the curator of the ongoing or special exhibition of your choice. Visit the Exhibitions page to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

$500 for up to 10 adults; $50 per person for each additional participant

Experience New York City’s history in a unique way with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s rich collections, led by a Museum curator or specialist. Choose one of the following collections: Costume, Photography, Theater Archives, or Manuscripts and Ephemera.

After-Hours Tours

After-Hours Tours

$500 for up to 10 adults; $50 per person for each additional participant

Reserve an intimate evening tour led by a guest historian or curator of the special exhibition of your choice. Visit the Exhibitions page to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.

Public Tours

Join a knowledgeable Museum docent for a tour of a select exhibition or a highlights tour, every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Free with Museum admission. All tours are in English and meet in the First Floor Rotunda; no reservations are required.

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 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 required 10 people.

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