Are you a new New Yorker? Born and bred in the city and eager to learn more? Visiting for a short time or spending a semester seeing the sites? The City Museum can arrange a tour to suit your needs and interests from general overviews of the city’s history, in-depth explorations of special exhibitions, and after-hours and behind-the-scenes adventures.
About Group Tours
The City Museum offers regularly scheduled public tours as well as guided private tours of the Museum's special exhibitions. A guided private tour lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, includes general admission to the Museum, and is available at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm or later. (Additional times may be available on request.) After-hours tours can be arranged for an additional fee. All groups receive a 15% discount in the Museum Shop. Dining packages are available upon request.
For information or to schedule a tour, submit the Group Reservations Form.
(Pre-K through Grade 12 Student Groups should request a reservation with the Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center).
Guided Group Tour Rates and Information
Museum Scholar-led Tours – Adult
Enjoy a personalized, in-depth tour of the ongoing or special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.
$16 per person, minimum flat rate of $320
Museum Scholar-led Tours – College, University, and Senior Tours
Enjoy tours of the Museum’s exhibitions led by local scholars from the city’s universities, experts in the field of urban history, architecture, and art history. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a scholar-led tour of your gallery of choice.
$14 per person, minimum flat rate of $280
Enjoy a personalized, in-depth tour with the curator of the ongoing or special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.
$500 for up to 10 adults during regular hours; $650 for up to 10 adults after-hours
After-Hours Tours (Led by scholar)
Reserve an intimate evening tour led by a guest historian or curator of the special exhibition of your choice. Scroll down to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.
$600 for up to 20 adults
Behind-the-Scenes Tours (During regular museum hours & after-hours)
Experience New York City’s history in a unique way with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s rich collections, led by a Museum curator or specialist. Choose one of the following collections: Costume, Photography, Theater Archives, or Manuscripts and Ephemera.
$700 for up to 10 adults
Join a knowledgeable Museum docent for a tour of a select exhibition or a highlights tour, every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Free with Museum admission. All tours are in English and meet in the First Floor Rotunda; no reservations are required.
Free, scholar-led gallery tours are also available on select days.
For information or to schedule a tour, submit the Group Reservations Form or call 917.492.3403, or e-mail email@example.com.
Enjoy tours of the Museum’s exhibitions led by local scholars from the city’s universities, experts in the field of urban history, architecture, and art history. Choose from the options below:
Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy (Available through February 16)
Explore over a century of affordable housing activism in this exhibition that documents the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city. A focus on current and future housing initiatives demonstrates how New Yorkers continue to promote subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity, neighborhood stability, and social justice.
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Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks (Available through January 3)
Visit the exhibition celebrating New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, that was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities.
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Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival (Available through January 10)
In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Explore the sights and sounds of Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, featuring original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video and film footage that trace the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.
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Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand (Available through October 13)
View more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. Rand (1914-1996) launched his career in the 1930s and served as design consultant to leading corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and Steve Jobs's NeXT, for whom he conceived recognizable logos, many of which are still in use today.
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Gilded New York (ongoing)
Explore the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries. Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.
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The Museum of the City of New York Inside and Out: Architecture Tour
Discover the secrets of the Museum’s 1932 building designed by Joseph H. Freedlander. Participants will uncover the architectural features of the Colonial Revival style such as its columns and brickwork as well as the numerous interior features, such as the moldings, lighting fixtures, and inlaid floor designs, unique to the Museum.
This is New York! History of New York City Tour
How did New York City grow into the metropolis it is today? Both newcomers and native New Yorkers will delight in exploring the city’s exciting history through the multi-media experience, Timescapes and guided tours of Activist New York and other complimentary exhibitions.
Picturing New York City History: Highlights of the Museum
During this interactive tour, participants will experience the art and artifacts displayed in the Museum’s ongoing and temporary exhibitions. Participants will view the variety of photographs, maps, documents and objects on display and discover how each reflects the city’s history.
Ongoing or Special Exhibition Tour
Visit the Exhibitions page to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions to request a guided tour of your gallery of choice.
Lunch and Dining Options
Chalsty’s Cafe is open daily from 10 am–5 pm and offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages. For additional dining options and neighborhood restaurant recommendations, please call 917.492.3403.
Reservations and Policies
- Reservations are required for all group visits.
- All tours are subject to availability and must be booked at least two weeks in advance; however, less notice can be accommodated if the schedule permits.
- Guided tours are for a minimum of 10 people. If your group is less than 10, you will be charged for the required 10 people.