Museum of the City of New York: A guide to the historical museum

A complete guide to the Museum of the City of New York: Find ticketing information and current exhibits. Plus: The best things to do nearby.

The Museum of the City of New York, located at the northern end of Museum Mile, contains a wealth of city history and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, military and naval uniforms, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, ship models and rare books. The extensive toy collection, full of New Yorkers’ playthings dating from the colonial era to the present, is especially well loved. Toy trains, lead soldiers and battered teddy bears share shelf space with exquisite bisque dolls (decked out in extravagant Parisian fashions) and lavishly appointed dollhouses. Don’t miss the Museum of the City of New York’s amazing Stettheimer Dollhouse, created during the 1920s by Carrie Stettheimer, whose artist friends re-created their masterpieces in miniature to hang on the walls. Look closely and you’ll even spy a tiny version of Marcel Duchamp’s famous Nude Descending a Staircase.


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Museum of the City of New York venue and ticketing information

Museum of the City of New York

Located at the northern end of Museum Mile, this institution contains a wealth of city history and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, military and naval uniforms, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, ship models and rare books. The extensive toy collection, full of New Yorkers’ playthings dating from the colonial era to the present, is especially well loved. Toy trains, lead soldiers and battered teddy bears share shelf space with exquisite bisque dolls (decked out in extravagant Parisian fashions) and lavishly appointed dolls’ houses. Don’t miss the amazing Stettheimer Dollhouse, created during the 1920s by Carrie Stettheimer, whose artist friends re-created their masterpieces in miniature to hang on the walls. Look closely and you’ll even spy a tiny version of Marcel Duchamp’s famous Nude Descending a Staircase.

  1. 1220 Fifth Ave, (between 103rd and 104th Sts)
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Current exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Tue Jan 26 - Sun Feb 7
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“Unorthodox”

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Tue Jan 26 - Sun Mar 27
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  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th St, 10024
  2. Tue Jan 26 - Sun May 29
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Izumi Kato

  • Free
  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Tue Jan 26 - Sat Feb 27
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Museums and attractions near the Museum of the City of New York

Central Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. 59th St to 110th St between Fifth and Eighth Aves
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Central Park Zoo

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Southeast corner of Central Park (enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St)
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St
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Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 945 Madison Ave at 75th St
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Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 2 E 91st St at Fifth Ave
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The Frick Collection

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1 E 70th St between Fifth and Madison Aves
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Museum of the City of New York

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1220 Fifth Ave between 103rd and 104th Sts
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