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Address: 39 Battery Place, (at Nassau St.), New York City, NY 10280
Phone Number: +1 212-968-1961
12:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 18:00

Wall Street was the building ground for early skyscrapers, and this museum...

Wall Street was the building ground for early skyscrapers, and this museum is dedicated to studying and enjoying them.

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Interesting, but rude staff

This is an interesting, yet small, museum near Battery Park. Just $5 admission. Plenty of information about early skyscrapers in NYC; post 1900, not so much. Spent around half... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super interesting exhibit on history and development of tall buildings in Manhattan. Intensive study tracking construction of office, residential, hotel and loft buildings during period population zoomed from 1 million to more than 3 million. Photographs, interactive mapline and models. Curator's talk provided greater context and revealed driving factors. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in skyscrapers and New... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting, yet small, museum near Battery Park. Just $5 admission. Plenty of information about early skyscrapers in NYC; post 1900, not so much. Spent around half an hour at the museum. The experience was ruined by the two members of staff; both female were extremely rude when dealing with us and other guests. Both need a lesson... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A small collection of models and photographs focusing on Singapore but it was interestng especially about green buildings

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Very informative and of course, small! But you are able to enjoy the peace and quietness as the museum does not have many visitors. Go to Jewish Heritage Museum after this; just opposite!

Thank Enhan
New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Small museum chronicling the literal rise of New York's skyline. Lots of vintage photos showing the early skyscrapers and the architecture employed. Other modern skyscrapers in other countries are also highlighted. Lady staff at the reception was rude and not helpful.

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This Museum is located in Lower Manhattan and has some nice exhibits about Skyscrapers and it is also very cheap (or free with the NYC Pass) the Museum however is small as it is only located on one floor and won't take too long to explore.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We visited here as it was included as part of the 'New York pass' and we was passing by. Its only a small museum but is packed with information on past and present tall buildings. If skyscrapers interest you its definitely worth a visit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Good for those interested in architecture and building design of the past and present and future new concepts in design, vertical and ecological living. The docent who is and historical architect was very good in presenting her perspective. Small exhibit but interesting.

Thank Kiwi10010
Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I got to see it at the annual Free Night at the Museums in NY. The models are good but I didn't feel it had enough exhibits or was big enough.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

If you are already at the Battery and looking for something else to do, then stop by here for a 1/2 hour look-see. Check the hours first as they are limited. Museum itself is mildly interesting, but not really very good. Many models of skyscrapers that were planned for Singapore but not actually built.

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