The Museum of the City of New York is a history and art gallery museum founded in 1923. It is a private, non-profit educational institution established to preserve, collect and present original materials related to the history of New York City and its people. The City of New York, owner of the museum's building, provides support in terms of programmatic and operating funds through the Department of Cultural Affairs.
On top of individual funding and gifts from the private sector and foundations, the museum receives public contributions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and New York State Council on the Arts. In 1982, the museum was given The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."
The Museum of the City of New York, one of the most beautiful museums in the city, is an imposing structure with white stone columns adorning the fa?ade and marble pavement and staircase that look like a Colonial American mansion. The limestone and red-brick building that the museum occupies was designed by Joseph J. Freedlander in the neo-Georgian style. It was built in 1928 and was completed in 1930. The museum has five floors of exhibits. The fifth floor, which houses a replica of the homes of several famous Robber Barons, including Rockefeller, is open to the public intermittently.
Another gallery has recreations of living rooms from various time periods beginning in the Colonial Era. Here, visitors will find many paintings and other works of art that depict scenes of The Big Apple in its early days, including an exhibit devoted to the city?s history as a major commercial seaport.
The Museum of the City of New York is located at the northern tip of the Museum Milesection of 5th Avenue in Manhattan, between 103rd and 104th streets, facing Central Park. Admission is $10 for adults.
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