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Special Events

As we look ahead to our 2021 events, we are putting plans in place for safe, socially distanced fundraisers that will enable us to keep the Museum, its mission, and our community thriving. We’re proud that the Museum was able to provide reprieve to so many New Yorkers over the past year, and, working in accordance with local and state mandates, look forward to seeing you all back at the Museum soon.

Museum of the City of New York Gala

Each year, the Museum of the City of New York hosts an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of one of our blockbuster exhibitions and presents the Gotham Icon Award to individuals who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry.

Our 2020 Gala celebrated the game of basketball and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it. The inaugural Gotham Icon Award was presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Owen D. Thomas. Guests also enjoyed a sneak peek of City/Game: Basketball in New York, which captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game.

Information on the 2021 Spring Gala to come.

Spring Symposium & Luncheon 

At the Spring Symposium & Luncheon, the Museum awards 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 recipients of the City of Design Award include Cynthia Rowley, Elizabeth Graziolo, Peter Marino, Jacques Grange and Ralph Pucci, and Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan. 

Information on the 2021 Spring Symposium & Luncheon to come.

Louis Auchincloss Prize

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. Past honorees include Jason Robert Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Michiko Kakutani, Tony Kushner, Wynton Marsalis, and Philip Glass.

On November 19, 2020, the 2020 Louis Auchincloss Prize was presented virtually to Toshiko Mori in honor of her architectural contributions to New York City's cultural, art, and educational centers.

Information on the 2021 Louis Auchincloss Prize to come.

NYC Champions & Change Makers

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, we paid tribute to countless acts of heroism happening across the five boroughs during the COVID-19 crisis while shining a light on the way New Yorkers have historically persevered no matter the circumstances.  It was a celebration of the change makers around our city working towards a more safe, just, and equitable world, the evening will share New York’s stories of hope and great bravery – past and present. 

The evening featured a live welcome from the Museum's Director, followed by special guest appearances and ended with a salute to the 7 pm clap out for New York's front-line workers. 


Member & Alexander Hamilton 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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