Holidays at the Museum

The front entrance of the Museum of the City of New York with a wreath on the door and on two lamp posts on either side.

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at the Museum of the City of New York. With programs and events starting November 30 and running through December 27, there's something for everyone here.

Join us on select Saturdays to get your photo taken with Santa, decorate a cookie, participate in Family Celebrations, and find Holiday gift ideas in the Museum Shop.

See Brand New Exhibitions 

Come see a gallery of historic and contemporary photographs that showcase additions to the Museum's permanent collection in Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious, which opens tomorrow, December 21. A companion gallery featuring objects that run the gamut from the colonial era to the recent past will open in the new year. Together, these beautiful, eclectic, and poignant images and objects illuminate the compelling and layered identity of New York and its stories.

Rearview of Sally Davies' apartment on East 5th Street at night with illuminated windows.
Sally Davies, 2018. "Rearview, From My Apartment on East 5th Street." Inkjet print, 16 H x 20 W in. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Sally Davies, 2019. 2019.9.12

Holiday Shopping 

Let us help you find the perfect gift this holiday season! Browse our holiday items, prep for guests with these hosting hints, and check out our jewelry selection, featuring exclusive and New-York made accessories. Join us in-store for even more unique holiday finds, from hats and scarves to books and prints for New Yorker (or New Yorker at heart) in your life. 


Credit: Victoria Martens

An Exclusive Jewelry Line—Museum of the City of New York X Denise Cox Designs

Fine jewelry designer Denise Cox created an exclusive line of pieces for the Museum inspired by the elegant marble inlay of the rotunda and the award-winning radiance of "Starlight" by Cooper Joseph Studio. View a selection of these works here, and even more in-store. Cox began her career as an art director working for Warner Bros. and Disney. She adapted her graphic skills into creating jewelry and handbags, establishing her own line of accessories. In the tradition of fine jewelry houses, her pieces are crafted with high regard—each mold is handmade, stones are set with care and precision—so that it can be worn for years to come.

Family programs and holiday events are free with Museum admission. Advance registration recommended. Space may be limited for select programs. 

Event Sunday, March 22, 11:00am

Fourth Annual Herstory Day

Join us for a day of activities to learn about the role women have played in shaping the game of basketball.
Event Monday, December 23, 11:00am

Holiday Ornaments

Create ornaments to decorate your home for the holiday. A special holiday snack is included!
Event Tuesday, December 24, 11:00am

Snow Globe Making

Create your own snow globe to decorate your home for the holiday. A special holiday snack is included!
Event Thursday, December 26, 11:00am

Kwanzaa Family Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa and learn about the history and traditions of this African-American holiday.

Collecting New York's Stories is made possible in part by the Charina Foundation, and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

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