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Special Events

MCNY Symposium & Luncheon 

The Fall Symposium was originally on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and is being rescheduled to a later date. 

Each year, this afternoon event looks at the grit and determination it takes to succeed in the capital of the world by looking at a different industry and setting out to answer “How to Be a ____ in NYC?”

The 2022 Fall Symposium will take a deep dive into answering the question “How to be an interior designer in NYC?” by looking inside some of New York’s most extraordinary apartments through a conversation moderated by Stellene Volandes and featuring design experts and authors Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Stewart MangerRichard Mishaan, and Alex Papachristidis! Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, a book signing of the author's newest books, a symposium, and a luncheon.

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Louis Auchincloss Prize

On Monday, November 14, 2022, the Museum will present the 2022 Louis Auchincloss Prize to Anna Deavere Smith in honor of her contributions to New York City’s cultural and performing arts landscape. 

Each Fall, the Museum of the City of New York presents the Louis Auchincloss Prize to writers and artists whose work is inspired by and enhances the five boroughs of New York City. Anna’s impactful work as an actor, playwright, author, professor, and activist encompasses precisely what the Louis Auchincloss Prize seeks to salute each.

Past Louis Auchincloss Prize Recipients
Faith Ringgold ● Toshiko MoriRobert A.M. Stern Jason Robert Brown Machiko KakutaniWhoopi Goldberg Gloria Steinem Tony Kushner Wynton Marsalis Philip Glass Stephen Sondheim Lynne Meadow Elliott ErwittPete Hamill Sheldon Harnick Ada Louise Huxtable Louis Auchincloss

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Spring Gala

Each Spring, the Museum presents its Gotham Icon Award to New Yorkers who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry. The evening features cocktails, dinner, and dancing along with an exclusive look at the Museum's newest exhibition. 2023 will mark the Museum's centennial and celebrate 100 years of the Museum being NYC's storyteller through our chronicling of the peaks and valleys of our city’s evolution, providing context for the past, and a platform to envision the future.

Past Gotham Icon Award Recipients
LL COOL J ● Cyndi Lauper ● Kevin Liles ● Owen D. Thomas ● Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Spring Symposium & Luncheon 

Each Spring, the Museum presents The City of Design Award to recognize those who have made New York the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to our great city.

Past City of Design Award Recipients
Norma Kamali ● Cynthia Rowley ● Elizabeth Graziolo ● Peter Marino ● Jacques Grange ● Ralph Pucci ● Jonathan Adler ● Simon Doonan  

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Director's Circle Benefit

As the Museum of the City of New York prepares to celebrate its centennial next year in 2023, it is thrilled to launch a new event-driven committee of young professionals called the Director's Circle. As the next generation of New York City’s leaders, the Director’s Circle guides and invests in the future of the Museum. This group is for New Yorkers between 21 and 35 years old. 

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the Director's Circle hosted its first benefit. Over 400 guests sipped on cocktails at our open bar, enjoyed the sounds of the world-famous DJ FLO, danced the night away under the stars, and experienced NYC culture in our exhibitions. 

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Member & Starlight Circle Events 

Celebrate the inspiring story of our city. Become a Member of the Museum and get invitations to exclusive events and private tours and beyond.

Based on membership level, these events range from: 

  • Member Appreciation Nights
  • Exhibition Opening Receptions
  • Complimentary tickets to Public Programs
  • VIP, curator-led preview & collection tours
  • Exclusive events featuring visits to private homes and collections, behind-the-scenes tours of Museum collections, and outings to special New York City places


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