Explore New York's past, present, and future through the City Museum's exhibitions. Admission to all special exhibitions is included in your General Admission ticket.


    May 27, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016

    Step into images from the Museum’s collection in this special installation.

  • In the South Bronx of America

    May 07, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016

    Photographs by Mel Rosenthal.

  • Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City is My Muse

    Apr 23, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

    The City is My Muse presents recent works by this lifelong New Yorker that depict the vibrancy and vitality of the city he loves.

  • Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs

    Apr 14, 2016 - Oct 09, 2016

    Cartoons from the "New Yorker" and more.

  • New York's Yiddish Theater

    Mar 09, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016

    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.

  • Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860

    Feb 05, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016

    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.

  • Gilded New York


    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.

  • Timescapes


    Watch the history of New York City unfold over three screens and 22 minutes. Film plays every half-hour from 10:15 am–5:15 pm.

  • Activist New York


    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.

  • Also on View


    A series of smaller exhibitions—some rotating, others permanent—round out the visitor experience at the City Museum.