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    About The Museum

    The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

    Our History

    The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.

    Board of Trustees

    James G. Dinan, Chair, Whitney W. Donhauser, President & Ronay Menschel Director, Newton P.S. Merrill, Vice Chair & Chairman Emeritus, Ronay Menschel, Vice Chair, Bruno A. Quinson, Vice Chair


    Elizabeth Belfer, Cynthia Foster Curry, Todd DeGarmo, Barbara J. Fife, Thomas M. Flexner, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Mark F. Gilbertson, Leslie V. Godridge, Lorna B. Goodman, Robert Goldstein, Elizabeth Graziolo, David Guin, James E. Hanley, Sylvia Hemingway, Stephanie Hessler, Robert A. Jeffe, William M. Kahane, Stephen J. Ketchum, Stanford G. Ladner, Kenneth E. Lee, Jeanne Manischewitz, Gurudatta Nadkarni, Jane B. O’Connell, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathryn Prounis, Nathan Romano, Arthur J. Rosner, Valerie Rowe, Alan Siegel, Michael T. Sillerman, Lawrence J. Simon, Mitchell S. Steir, Jeffrey S. Tabak, Remy W. Trafelet, Daryl Brown Uber,  Peter Volandes, William C. Vrattos


    Ex Officio Members

    Hon. Bill De Blasio, Hon. Eric Adams, Hon. Gale Brewer, Hon. Ruben Diaz Jr., Hon. Carmen Farina, Hon. Tom Finkelpearl, Hon. Letitia James, Hon. Melinda Katz, Hon. James Oddo, Hon. Mitchell Silver, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Corey Johnson

    Trustees Emeriti  

    David C. Clapp, Chairman Emeritus, Mrs. William T. Comfort, Vice-Chair Emerita, Marvin H. Davidson, Trustee Emeritus, Mrs. Charles H. Dyson (June), Trustee Emerita, Elizabeth Farran Tozer, Trustee Emerita

    Trustees Council

    Marjorie K. Fortgang, Stephen S. Lash, Martin J. McLaughlin, Hebe Dowling Murphy, Suzanne Randolph


    Select Museum Staff

    Office of the Director 

    Whitney W. Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director & President
    Colleen Blackler, Executive Assistant & Manager of Board Relations


    Lindsay Turley, Vice President of Collections
    Miranda Hambro, Registrar
    Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Associate Curator, Theater Collection
    Matt Heffernan, Collections Manager & Registrar
    Lauren Robinson, Metadata & Rights & Reproductions Specialist
    Emily Chapin, Collections Access Archivist
    Todd Ludlam, Director of Exhibition Installation

    Curatorial Affairs 

    Sarah M. Henry, Deputy Director & Chief Curator
    Donald Albrecht, Curator of Architecture and Design
    Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs
    Steven H. Jaffe, Curator
    Susan Johnson, Director Publications, Senior Curatorial Associate
    Autumn Nyiri, Director of Curatorial Affairs
    Sarah Seidman, Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism
    Phyllis Magidson, Elizabeth Farran Tozer Curator of Costumes and Textiles

    Education Programs 

    Franny Kent, Vice President of Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center
    EY Zipris, Assistant Director, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center
    Joanna Steinberg, Manager of Student Programs
    Sarah Greenbaum, Education Manager
    Cody Lee, Associate Education Coordinator
    Lauraberth Lima, Education Coordinator
    Maggie Bordonaro, Education Manager
    Jaiwantie Manni, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow
    Maeve Montalvo, Education Coordinator


    Osman C. Kurtulus, Chief Financial Officer
    Jordi Valls, Controller
    Harvey Hirsh, Human Resources Manager

    Information Technology

    Julius Erwin Quito, Director of Information Technology

    Institutional Advancement 

    Polly Rua, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
    Claude Barilleaux, Director, Signature Events
    Gabi Barton, Director, Development Operations
    Eboni Gates, Director, Special Projects
    Corin Infantino, Director, Institutional Giving
    Ashley Williams, Director, Individual Giving
    Jackie Zirman, Assistant Director, Signature Events
    Olivia Cothren, Manager, Corporate Relations
    Bridget Mazet, Grants Manager
    Lizzy Marmon, Grants Associate
    Erin McGinn, Development Assistant

    Marketing and Communications

    Sheryl Victor Levy, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    Jacob Tugendrajch, Communications Manager
    Marissa Martonyi, Design Director
    Nate Lavey, Multimedia Producer
    Christina Watson, Digital Content Editor
    Joan Bright, Group Tours Coordinator
    Meredith Duncan, Social Media Manager
    Chie Miyajima, Digital Producer


    Jerry Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer
    Francesca Bertolini, Director of Event Sales
    Kate Ludwig, Manager Visitor Services & Retail
    Lindsay Vint, Retail Buyer

    Public Programs

    Frances A. Rosenfeld, Director of Public Programs
    Tracy McFarlan, Manager of Public Programs

    Annual Reports

    • To view the Museum's Biennial Report for 2015–16, click here
    • To view the Museum's Biennial Report for 2013–14, click here
    • To view the Museum's Biennial Report for 2011-12, click here.
    • To view the Museum’s Annual Report for 2010, click here.
    • To view the Museum’s Annual Report for 2009, click here.
    • To view the Museum’s Annual Report for 2008, click here

    Form 990

    • To view the Museum’s IRS Form 990 for 2014 (FY2015), click here.
    • To view the Museum’s IRS Form 990 for 2013 (FY2014), click here.
    • To view the Museum’s IRS Form 990 for 2012 (FY2013), click here.
    • To view the Museum's IRS Form 990 for 2011 (FY2012), click here.

    Audited Financial Statements

    • To view the Museum’s Audited Financial Statements for FY2015 and FY2014, click here.
    • To view the Museum’s Audited Financial Statements for FY2014 and FY2013, click here.


    The relaunch of the Museum of the City of New York’s website has been made possible in part by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation in honor of Susan Henshaw Jones.

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    The Museum is also grateful to the Altman Foundation for its support of digital initiatives.

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