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Skyscraper Museum, New York City

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History Museum · Educational Site
The Skyscraper Museum is an architecture museum located in Battery Park City, Manhattan, New York City and founded in 1996. As the name suggests, the museum focuses on high-rise buildings as "products of technology, objects of design, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence." The Skyscraper Museum also celebrates the architectural heritage of New York and the forces and people who created New York's skyline. Before moving to the current and permanent location in Battery Park City in 2004, the museum was a nomadic institution, holding pop-up exhibitions in four temporary donated spaces around Lower Manhattan since 1996.

The Skyscraper Museum was founded and is directed by Carol Willis, a professor of architectural history and urban studies at Columbia University. It includes two exhibition spaces for both permanent and temporary exhibitions, a bookstore, and a mezzanine with its office, situated above the bookstore. The museum can be reached by a ramp starting in the basement.
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  • We saw an interesting exhibit on development of high-density housing and how approaches changed. The one drawback is that it didn't really discuss the pros and cons of different plans from the...  more »
  • Much of the museum has to do with how NYC transformed from tenement buildings to the skyline it is today. The museum is primarily photos of skyscrapers and where they are located. I expected a lot...  more »
  • The tenement exhibit was great. The rest was alright. Maybe a little dated. It's hard for museums with contemporary material to keep up. Wish there was a stronger focus on history and tech of small buildings; less focus on whatever is the tallest building right now, and the World Trade Centers (the older building complex). I believe the history of the Trade Centers is important, but there are places that focus just on that with far more resources that (understandably) do a better job. ...But definitely worth a visit for the rotating exhibit.
  • Simple small museum, about 20-30 minutes. It’s really more an urban planning museum. If you are really into an historical look at residential urban density, this is your place.

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