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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


    Michael Bruno, Jill Chalsty, 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 Jain, Robert A. Jeffe, William M. Kahane, Stephen J. Ketchum, Stanford G. Ladner, Kenneth E. Lee, Jeanne Manischewitz, Gurudatta Nadkarni, Jane B. O’Connell, Gov. David A. Paterson, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathryn Prounis, James E. Quinn, Nathan Romano, Arthur J. Rosner, Valerie Rowe, Alan Siegel, Lawrence J. Simon, Mitchell S. Steir, Jeffrey S. Tabak, Elizabeth Farran Tozer, Remy W. Trafelet, Daryl Brown Uber, 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. Melissa Mark Viverito

    Trustees Emeriti  

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

    Trustees Council

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


    Select Museum Staff

    Office of the Director 

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

    External Affairs/Development 

    Polly Rua, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
    Claude Barilleaux , Director of Special Events
    Gabi Barton, Director of Individual Giving
    Olivia Cothren, Corporate Giving Manager
    Alice Stryker, Director of Grants and Sponsorships


    Jerry Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer
    Francesca Bertolini, Director of Event Sales


    Lindsay Turley, Director of Collections
    Miranda Hambro, Registrar
    Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Archivist
    Bruce Weber, Curator of Paintings & Sculpture
    Phyllis Magidson, Elizabeth Farran Tozer Curator of Costumes and Textiles

    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
    Autumn Nyiri, Manager of Curatorial Affairs
    Sarah Seidman, Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism

    Marketing and Communications

    Jacob Tugendrajch, PR Manager
    Marissa Martonyi, Design Director

    Public Programs 

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

    Education Programs 

    Franny Kent, Director of Frederick A.O. Schwarz Center
    EY Zipris, Assistant Director, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center
    Joanna Steinberg, Manager of Student Programs
    Stephanie Dueno, New York City History Day Coordinator


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

    Information Technology

    Julius Erwin Quito, Director of Information Technology

    Annual Reports

    • 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 web site 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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