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.
- ADA Compliant Restrooms
- Coat Check
- Disability Access
- Gift Shops
- Space Rental
Books and gift items relating to skyscrapers and New York City
The Skyscraper Museum’s mirrored gallery is an ideal setting for cocktail receptions. Located directly across the street from Robert Wagner Park, with its views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, the gallery sits at the base of the Ritz Carleton Battery Park City. The 5,000 square foots space can accommodate up to 175 guests and is completely handicapped accessible. Availability: The gallery is available for rental evenings after 6 PM, seven days a week. Self-catered corporate event: $3,000 Guests must arrange their own catering service. Discounted rates apply for businesses and orginzations in Museum-related fields, including non-for-profit organizations, real estate, construction, architecture, and urban planning. For more information, or to book an event, please call (212) 945-6324 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The museum schedules tours and group visits to community organizations, seniors groups, and corporations. To schedule a 40-minute visit for your group, or to inquire about rates, please email email@example.com at least two weeks in advance (requests must be made in writing). Guided tours are offered during non-public hours: Mon, Tues, 10 am-6 pm; Wed-Sun 10 am-noon.