The Skyscraper Museum
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The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.


The Museum visit incorporates learning from across the New York State curriculum, including science, mathematics, the arts, and social studies. Educators lead tours (up to 30 students) that allow students to interact with the Museum’s collections. Students leave with an appreciation of skyscrapers and their role in society as well as a better understanding of the methods of constructing tall buildings.

Educational guided tours of the current exhibition are available during non-public hours:
Monday & Tuesday, 10 AM to 6 PM
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Skyscraper Museum does not have any facilities for students to eat their lunch. If the weather is pleasant, teachers may choose to bring their classes to Battery Park and its esplanade. Otherwise, classes may walk to nearby public spaces such as the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center.

- There should be one chaperone for every ten students.
- Students will be asked to leave their belongings in a secure place in the Museum before beginning the tour.
- No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the gallery.
- Students are expected to respect the Museum exhibits and staff.

The Skyscraper Museum holds a NYC Department of Education Vendor Number.
$2.50 per Student; Instructors and Chaperones free
$35 gallery fee for guided and self-guided tours during non-public hours.

To schedule a 40-minute tour, email education[at]skyscraper[dot]org or call 212.945.6324 at least two weeks in advance of your desired visit date. Tours may be cancelled up to three days in advance of a tour with no penalty.

The Building Stories program focuses on how skyscrapers support communities and the people who live and work in them. In the classroom, students can build a miniature box city and develop their very own 3-D town.

Students learn about the unique building structures of skyscrapers then build model skyscraper frames to test strength and durability against wind forces.

Students learn about building demands within the urban context. In the classroom, students create representations of the businesses and services needed in a city and figure out how to fit them into the fixed city grid.

Students focus on the engineering and design of skyscrapers. In the classroom, students are able to create and test model skyscrapers with different loads and forces, and learn about the balance between the arts and sciences in skyscraper construction.