The Museum of the City of New York explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrates the city’s cultural diversity. It does so through its rich collections, a lively schedule of exhibitions, and an array of programs for adults and children. The Museum is dedicated to fostering an understanding of New York’s evolution from its origins as a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status of one of the world’s largest and most important cities.
The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923, with its first home at Gracie Mansion. The Museum has occupied its current building at 1220 Fifth Avenue since 1932.