Changing the Face of Democracy

Explore the life and legacy of barrier-breaking Brooklyn-born politician Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to US Congress.

Preservation in Progress

Get a rare glimpse of restoration happening live as we preserve one of the most significant items in the Museum’s collection: Samuel Bell Waugh’s massive painting "The Bay and Harbor of New York."

Byzantine Bembé

Explore the visual storytelling of El Barrio’s own artist and mosaicist Manny Vega.

This Is New York

In honor of the Museum’s centennial, this exhibition, which spans a full city block, is organized around the types of urban spaces where the stories of New York are told.

New York at Its Core

What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.

Through July 20, 2025

Changing the Face of Democracy

Explore the life and legacy of barrier-breaking Brooklyn-born politician Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to US Congress.
Through September 29, 2024

Preservation in Progress

Get a rare glimpse of restoration happening live as we preserve one of the most significant items in the Museum’s collection: Samuel Bell Waugh’s massive painting "The Bay and Harbor of New York."
Through December 8, 2024

Byzantine Bembé

Explore the visual storytelling of El Barrio’s own artist and mosaicist Manny Vega.
Through July 21, 2024

This Is New York

In honor of the Museum’s centennial, this exhibition, which spans a full city block, is organized around the types of urban spaces where the stories of New York are told.
Through October 5, 2025

You Are Here

“You Are Here” draws on the rich archive of movies set in New York, combining thousands of cinematic moments across 16 screens.
Ongoing

Raise Your Voice

This immersive installation by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is inspired by the resiliency of New York’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Ongoing

New York at Its Core

What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.
Ongoing

Activist New York

Delve into the drama of social activism in New York City, past and present, with issues as diverse as immigration, civil rights, and sexual orientation.
Ongoing

Timescapes

Watch the history of New York City unfold in this 28-minute film.
Ongoing

Starlight

This brilliant light installation suspended above the Rotunda is one of the Museum’s most photographed features.
November 22, 2024 - August 17, 2025

Above Ground

Enter a window into a vibrant subculture of young creators and highlights previously unseen treasures from the Museum’s major collection of graffiti-based art.

Ongoing

The Greatest Grid

Explore the history of Manhattan’s famous grid of numbered streets and avenues—the largest feat of urban planning in the city's history.
Ongoing

America's Mayor

Learn about the controversial tenure (1966–1973) and dramatic times of New York's 103rd mayor, John V. Lindsay.
Ongoing

Reginald Marsh

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) is well-known as an American realist painter and printmaker who was based in New York City.

Traveling

In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson

Take a behind-the-scenes look at baseball legend Jackie Robinson, including never before seen images of the Brooklyn Dodgers player, the team, and his family.
Traveling

The Mythic City

Discover stunning black and white photographs of New York City’s iconic skylines and bridges, sleek modern interiors, and signature skyscraper by Samuel H. Gottscho.
Traveling

Through a Different Lens

Explore the compelling and unusual photographs of New York City created by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick during his time as a staff photographer at Look magazine.
Traveling

A City Seen

Visit post-World War II New York City through the timeless work of Todd Webb, a photographer who captured the people and places of the city from 1945 -1960.
Traveling

City as Canvas

Immerse yourself in street art through the collection of Martin Wong, an East Village artist and graffiti art collector. Works include paintings, photographs, and sketches.

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