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Museum of the City of New York - Public

Life Skills
East Harlem, New York, New York
(17 Reviews)

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.

Our Mission

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.

Reviews of Museum of the City of New York - Public

(17 Reviews)

Maxmoore P.

Attended: Photographers and Social Advocacy

Really interesting. Intelligent people. Yay


Attended: Urban Art Legends

I liked the topic and the fact that there was sufficient time for questions. One of the speakers could've been more enthusiastic, which would have made it more stimulating and energetic.

Zlata A.

Attended: A Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show

It was amazing! Thank you!

Matthaios C.

Attended: Earth Day Celebration

Matthaios C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Leah k.

Attended: Finger-Knitting Bling for Spring

Leah k. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Albert Y.

Attended: Wearable Art

Albert Y. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dina B.

Attended: Wearable Art

Dina B. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Activist New York, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Anonymous gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Nadezda G.

Attended: Body Paint Workshop

Nadezda G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast?

Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St, New York, New York 10029
Museum of the City of New York - Public
East Harlem, Manhattan
1220 Fifth Ave At 103rd St
New York, New York 10029

By Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 or M106 to 103rd Street By Subway: #6 to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west; #2 or #3 to Central Park North/110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street.

Teachers at Museum of the City of New York - Public

Marty Markowitz & Clayton Patterson Ada Calhoun & Luc Sante Alyssa Loorya Amanda Sutphin, Diana Wall & Sharon Wilkins Andrew Solomon Angy Rivera, Abraham Gonzales and Roberto Gonzales Anita Dolce Vita Anne-christine D’Adesky, David France & Tim Murphy Avis Berman Barney Frank, John Banks, Rafael E. Cestero, Ron Moelis Barton Sanders and Sarah Henry Beverly Johnson Bob Mankoff Bruce Weber Calvin Tsao, Lisa Ackerman, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Budd Mishkin Carl Weisbrod Carol Oja Christa Whitney Christine Gaspar, Jill Lerner, FAIA and Paul Selver Daniel Czitrom Daniel Garodnick and Gina Pollara David Y. Chack Donald Albrecht and Nicholas Birns Dr. Bonnie Yochelson & Dr. Thor J. Mednick Dr. Eric Goldman and Marilyn Michaels Elena and Paolo Elena and Paolo Elissa Sampson Eric Foner & Martha Hodes Eunice Lipton Francoise Mouly George Hirsch Gerard Koeppel & Hilary Ballon Gray Brechin & Mason Williams Greg Young, Tom Meyers & Donald Albrecht Harmony Hammond, Sarah Schulman and Bryan Lowder Henrietta Mantooth James Sanders James Solomon and Bill Genovese Jasmin Malik Chua, Timo Rissanen, Tara St. James, Yeohlee Teng Jean-Louis Cohen & Theo Prudon Joan Tucker and Constance Harris Juan Pablo Molyneux and Elizabeth Graziolo Judith Gura, Kate Wood & Larry Lederman Keith Haring Kelly Marie Kendall Fells, Sarah Maslin Nir Jessamyn Rodriguez, Dorian Warren Kyle Cooper & Donald Albrecht Libby O’Connell Liberty Worth Liz Robbins & Mary Wittenberg Liza Donnelly Liza Donnelly, Liana Finck, Marisa Marchetto, & Barbara Smaller Lynne Sagalyn Marla Weber- Green Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Meenakshi Srinivasan & Sherida Paulsen Michael Kamber Michael Miscione, Anthony Wood, Amy Freitag, Seri Worden Mike Burstyn Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis Nikole Hannah-Jones & Brad Lander Phillipa Soo Richard Ravitch Richard Plunz, David Burney and Shola Olatoye Robert Pigott Rodney Evans, Michelle Memran & Conrad Ventur Roger Gastman Ronald Kuby & Shabaka Shakur Roz Chast Samuel Schwartz Sarah Seidman Shelia Pepe and LJ Roberts Simon Levenson Speed Levitch Stan Cox Stephen Vider Steven Jaffe & Donald Albrecht. Susan Freinkel Sydney Hutchinson, Frances Aparicio & 3 other panelists Ted Meuhling, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray & Kiki Smith William Parry William Pedersen & Donald Albrecht
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