Watch the history of New York City unfold over three screens and 22 minutes.

Timescapes, an engrossing 22-minute multimedia experience, traces the growth of New York City from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s great cities. Created by Jake Barton of Local Projects and James Sanders, co-writer of the PBS series New York: A Documentary History, and narrated by actor Stanley Tucci, the film features animated maps and archival photographs, prints, and paintings from the Museum’s collections.

Timescapes runs every half hour beginning at 10:15 am. The last viewing of the day is at 5:15 pm. 

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Educator Programs

School Program: Who Is New York? Mapping Immigration Then and Now for Grades 4-8
Following a viewing of Timescapes, a 22-minute multimedia documentary on the city’s history, students will discuss immigration today.

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    Timescapes is made possible by Marvin H. Davidson and Jeremy H. Biggs.

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