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Special Events

Spring Symposium & Luncheon 

At the Spring Symposium & Luncheon, the Museum awards the City of Design Award to recognize those who have made New York the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to our great city. Past recipients of the City of Design Award include Cynthia Rowley, Elizabeth Graziolo, Peter Marino, Jacques Grange and Ralph Pucci, and Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan. Learn about the 2019 symposium & luncheon.

The 2020 Spring Symposium & Luncheon will honor Arne and Marc Glimcher of the Pace Gallery. More information on the 2020 Spring Symposium & Luncheon to come.


Chairman's Leadership Award Dinner 

Each spring, the Museum of the City of New York presents the Chairman’s Leadership Award to an outstanding corporate citizen in recognition of their contributions to the life and well-being of New York City. Past recipients of the Chairman’s Leadership Award include Tracy V. Maitland, Blair W. Effron, Wesley R. Edens, and Scott L. Bok.

The 2019 Chairman's Leadership Award Dinner honored James G. Dinan in recognition of both his status as a New York City business leader and his outstanding leadership of the Museum where he served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for over thirteen years. Learn more about this past year’s award.

More information on the 2020 Chairman’s Leadership Award to come.


Louis Auchincloss Prize Presentation & Reception

Each Fall, the Museum of the City of New York presents the Louis Auchincloss Prize to writers and artists whose work is inspired by and enhances the five boroughs of New York City. Past honorees include Jason Robert Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Michiko Kakutani, Tony Kushner, Wynton Marsalis, and Philip Glass.

The 2019 Louis Auchincloss Prize was presented to architect, teacher, and writer, Robert A.M. Stern, in recognition of his impact on New York City and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP. Learn more about this past year's event.

More information on the 2020 Louis Auchincloss Prize to come.


Winter Ball

Each winter, the Museum of the City of New York hosts an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of one of our blockbuster exhibitions and presents the Gotham Icon Award to individuals who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry.

The 2020 Winter [Basket] Ball celebrated the game of basketball and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it. The inaugural Gotham Icon Award was presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Owen D. Thomas.Guests also enjoyed a sneak peek of Cty/Game: Basketball in New York, which captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban gameLearn more about this year's ball.

More information on the 2021 Winter Ball to come.


Member & Alexander Hamilton Circle Events 

Celebrate the inspiring story of our city. Become a Member of the Museum and get invitations to exclusive events and private tours and beyond.

Based on membership level, these events range from: 

  • Member Appreciation Nights
  • Exhibition Opening Receptions
  • Complimentary tickets to Public Programs
  • VIP, curator-led preview & collection tours
  • Exclusive events featuring visits to private homes and collections, behind-the-scenes tours of Museum collections, and outings to special New York City places

Join us today! Learn more here.


For more information, contact:

  • Jackie Zirman, Director of Special Events • 917.492.3414 • jzirman@mcny.org
  • Samantha Fleck, Associate Director of Special Events • 917.492.3443 • sfleck@mcny.org 
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