We currently have limited availability to respond to research inquiries and cannot host onsite appointments. Following guidance from government and health officials, the Museum is closed in the interest of the health and safety of our MCNY community and the greater community at large. In the meantime, please visit the online Collections Portal where you will find over 200,000 images from our collection; you can also review select collection finding aids at http://mcnycatablog.org/. While these do not yet represent the entire collection, researchers are encouraged to begin their research with these online tools.
If you would like to inquire about the possibility of making an appointment at some point in the future, you may fill out the Collections Access Request Form below. Museum collections staff will be in touch if we are able to accommodate your request. Any questions not addressed by the form may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be answered in the order received and based on staff availability
Please keep in mind the Museum does not have the staff or reference resources to assist patrons who wish to conduct general research into New York City history. If you have research of this nature, we suggest contacting the New York Public Library, the Municipal Archives (www.nyc.gov/records), or the New-York Historical Society.
The Museum makes collections loans to qualified cultural institutions, domestically and abroad. To learn more about this process, please email MCNY-Registrars@mcny.org.
The Museum is thankful for the many donations to the collection we have received over time; however, we cannot accept unsolicited donations or pass unsolicited donations on to another institution.
If you have objects that you believe would complement our collections – either as donation or purchase - please send a description (including the size, content, condition, historical significance and provenance), as well as photographs or scans of the objects to (email@example.com) and indicate if you are offering it for gift or purchase.