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.
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, Gov. David A. Paterson, 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, 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
David C. Clapp, Chairman Emeritus, Mrs. William T. Comfort, Vice-Chair Emerita, Marvin H. Davidson, Trustee Emeritus, Mrs. Charles H. Dyson (June), Trustee Emerita
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, Director of Collections
Miranda Hambro, Registrar
Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Associate Curator, Theater Collection
Matt Heffernan, Registrar
Lauren Robinson, Rights & Reproductions Specialist
Emily Chapin, Collections Access Archivist
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
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
Osman C. Kurtulus, Chief Financial Officer
Jordi Valls, Controller
Harvey Hirsh, Human Resources Manager
Julius Erwin Quito, Director of Information Technology
Polly Rua, Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Claude Barilleaux, Director of Special Events
Ashley Williams, Director of Individual Giving
Olivia Cothren, Corporate Giving Manager
Eboni Gates, Director Special Projects
Corin Infantino, Director of Institutional Giving
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
Jerry Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer
Francesca Bertolini, Director of Event Sales
Kate Ludwig, Manager Visitor Services & Retail
Lindsay Vint, Retail Buyer
Frances A. Rosenfeld, Director of Public Programs
Tracy McFarlan, Manager of Public Programs
- 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.
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.
The Museum is also grateful to the Altman Foundation for its support of digital initiatives.