The Skyscraper Museum
World Trade Center under construction and completed
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.


Detailed information about the World Trade Center and Ground Zero on this site:

VIVA2: The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 (FLASH)
The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 is an interactive interface providing access to The Skyscraper Museum's unique collection of more than 1,000 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers.

GIANTS: The Twin Towers and the Twentieth Century
“GIANTS: The Twin Towers & the Twentieth Century,” an exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum from September 2006 through April 2007, commemorated the original World Trade Center, viewing its creation in the context of the technological ambitions of the 1960s and the hundred-year evolution of New York’s skyline.

The Viewing Wall at Ground Zero
An installation running along the edge of the World Trade Center site consisted of a screen-like grid of galvanized steel which carried a series of large fiberglass panels that feature information on the buildings and rebuilding, as well as 17 history panels that picture the evolution of lower Manhattan from colonial times through the Twin Towers in a series of maps, skyline views, historic photographs, and postcards. Special alcoves of recessed bays contained panels with the names of the victims of September 11, 2001. The installation also allowed visitors to see into the Trade Center site.

World Trade Center Original Model
From June 2004 through July 2006, the Museum added to its gallery the original model of the World Trade Center created for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by the architect Minoru Yamasaki. The recently-conserved model, minutely detailed and more than 9-feet tall, was on loan to The Skyscraper Museum from Prints and Drawings Collection, The Octagon, the Museum of the American Architectural Foundation, Washington, DC.

WTC: Monument
An exhibition by The Skyscraper Museum at The New-York Historical Society, a tribute to the Twin Towers, examined the history of the complex in its conception, design, and construction from the 1960s through the mid-1970s -- and their destruction on the morning of 9/11.

Downtown New York Web Walk
The Downtown New York Web Walk offers four interactive virtual walking tours through Lower Manhattan's skyscraper canyons, including the site of the World Trade Center and its surroundings. In addition, four downloadable versions, featuring text and photographs in Adobe PDF format, are also available for touring on foot.

Big Buildings Exhibition
Includes information about the Twin Towers as well as 7 World Trade, 2 World Financial Center, 3 World Financial Center and 1 Liberty Plaza, six of the biggest buildings in the world.

World Trade Center, Big Buildings Exhibition
Specific data about the Twin Towers.

The World's Tallest Towers
Illustrating all the structures from 1890 to the present day that have been, successively, the world's tallest building.

Other sites of historical or analytical interest:

The Center of the World - New York: A Documentary Film
The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.

World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

New York New Visions: A Coalition for the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan
Architectural Record's WTC News