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 Tower Tube is a tool kit for New York City teachers designed to enhance The Skyscraper Museum’s exhibitions and programs. The primary source materials and activity guide included will help teachers prepare students in NYC for a museum tour. In addition to serving as pre-and post visit materials, the Tower Tube supports classroom instruction on the following social studies concepts and themes:

• New York City history
• Skyscrapers and the development of the urban environment
• Community and neighborhood exploration

The Tower Tube holds a collection of historic images showing New York City skyscrapers, streets, and skylines. These resources – including PHOTOGRAPHS, DRAWINGS, and MAPS – are just a few of the museum’s rare artifacts that tell the story of skyscrapers and their unique place in the history and life of cities.

The Tower Tube Includes:
• 14 enlarged images from The Skyscraper Museum collection
• User manual with comprehensive information about each resource
• Teaching strategies for object based inquiry
• Suggested activities for K-6 lessons and Secondary School activities
• Connections to New York State Regents Exam requirements and Learning Standards in Social Studies

Click here for a preview of the K-6 Tower Tube User's Guide.
Click here for a preview of the 7-12 Tower Tube User's Guide.


To Order a FREE Tower Tube
Tower Tube resources are re-usable and one Tube may serve for several classrooms. We will consider written requests for additional tubes in New York City Public Schools.

Please use the form below to request a Tower Tube.

Tower Tubes are only available for New York City Educators. Please call or email us for more information.

Teacher Name:
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Provide a short profile of the school and classroom where the Tower Tube will be used (2-3 sentences). How do you think the Tower Tube will fit into your current curriculum?
* Please note, K-6 teachers will receive the elementary Tower Tube, while teachers for grades 7-12 will receive the Tower Tube for secondary school. Indicate a request for an alternative preference here, as necessary.

Have you already scheduled a tour for your students? If not, why?
We hope you are interested in a tour for your students as the Tower Tube works best in conjunction with a gallery visit. Please see School Visits for complete information on scheduling a tour.

How did you hear about the Tower Tube?

This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the NewYork City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Councilon the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Printing services for the reproductions in the Tower Tube have been generously donated by A.Esteban & Company and MPX.