Appropriately located in the world’s foremost vertical metropolis, the museum is dedicated to the study of tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of contruction, investments in real estate, places of work and residence and instances of aesthetic expression molded by these practical needs and forces.
Exhibitions have included Big Buildings, featuring photographs and other documents of 70 of the world’s largest towers; Building the Empire State, highlighting the roles of the architects, builders and workers who constructed the great tower; and FUTURE CITY: 20 | 21 which juxtaposed a retrospective of early 20th-century American visions of the skyscraper city of the future with an exploration of Chinese cities today, pursuing the parallel conditions of rapid modernization and urbanization.
The Museum visit incorporates learning from across the New York State curriculum, including science, mathematics, the arts, and social studies. Educators lead tours (up to 30 students) that allow students to interact with the Museum’s collections. Students leave with an appreciation of skyscrapers and their role in society as well as a better understanding of the methods of constructing tall buildings.
+ Partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation
Teachers may schedule a trip to both The Skyscraper Museum and the Center for Architecture Foundation. Students will first tour the current exhibition at the Museum and then visit the Center for Architecture for a hands-on activity. Read more about it here.
Educational guided tours of the current exhibition are available during non-public hours:
Monday & Tuesday, 10 AM to 6 PM
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM to 12 Noon
The Skyscraper Museum does not have any facilities for students to eat their lunch. If the weather is pleasant, teachers may choose to bring their classes to Battery Park and its esplanade. Otherwise, classes may walk to nearby public spaces such as the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center.
- There should be one chaperone for every ten students.
- Students will be asked to leave their belongings in a secure place in the Museum before beginning the tour.
- No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the gallery.
- Students are expected to respect the Museum exhibits and staff.
The Skyscraper Museum holds a NYC Department of Education Vendor Number.
$2.50 per Student; Instructors and Chaperones free
$35 gallery fee for guided and self-guided tours during non-public hours.
To schedule a 40-minute tour, email education[at]skyscraper.org or call 212.945.6324 at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date. Tours may be cancelled up to three days in advance of a tour with no penalty.