New York at Its Core

What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.

Muslim in New York

Highlights from the Photography Collection

Mastering the Metropolis

New York and Zoning, 1916-2016

Activist New York

Passions and causes of an in-your-face kind of town.

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    New York at Its Core

    What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.
    Through March 26, 2017
    Last
    Chance!

    Gay Gotham

    Art & Underground Culture in New York. Part II, 1960 to 1995, is open through March 26.
    Ongoing

    Gilded New York

    Lavish jewelry, accessories, and decorative objects from the end of the 19th century.
    Ongoing

    Timescapes

    Watch the history of New York City unfold in this 28-minute film.
    Ongoing

    Starlight

    The dazzling focal point of the City Museum’s main entry space, this brilliant light installation is suspended above the Rotunda.
    Opens April 20, 2017

    A City Seen

    Todd Webb's Postwar New York, 1945-1960

    Ongoing

    Reginald Marsh

    Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) is well-known as an American realist painter and printmaker who was based in New York City.
    Ongoing

    America's Mayor

    Learn about the controversial tenure (1966–1973) and dramatic times of New York's 103rd mayor, John V. Lindsay.
    Ongoing

    The Greatest Grid

    Explore the history of Manhattan’s famous grid of numbered streets and avenues—the largest feat of urban planning in the city's history.
    Ongoing

    Activist New York Online

    Connect with issues of activism in the city today, discover a wealth of educational resources and more.

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