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.

  • Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860

    Feb 05, 2016 - Oct 11, 2016

    View 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.

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

    Nov 18, 2015 - May 01, 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.

  • The New York City Marathon

    Oct 20, 2015 - Mar 13, 2016

    Take in more than 100 images made by professional and amateur photographers capturing the energy, enthusiasm, and spirit of community that Marathon Sunday is all about.

  • Jacob A. Riis

    Oct 14, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016

    This retrospective highlights Riis's photographs, handwritten journals, and personal correspondence depicting the city’s slums at the turn of the 20th century, which revealed “How the Other Half Lives."

  • 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.

  • Carl Van Vechten


    Novelist, essayist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten promoted the work of African-American artists and writers. He was most notably associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Timescapes


    Watch the history of New York City unfold over three screens and 22 minutes.

  • 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.