Skyscraper Museum
Skyscraper Museum
3.5
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Wall Street was the building ground for early skyscrapers, and this museum is dedicated to studying and enjoying them.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Bowling Green • 5 min walk
  • Rector St • 5 min walk
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  • Josh D
    New York City, New York474 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very metallic!!
    I enjoy museums that I am interested in because when I go to art museums I usually get very bored quickly!! I happen to be a history buff and I also enjoy the Museum of Natural History because there is no way I’m going near a blue whale or a bear!! I happened to look up interesting museums in NYC and this showed up!! I went with my good pal in January and I reviewed it back then but I like to rewrite old reviews!! The museum had all the OG buildings in the world including the Tokyo Skytree and the Burj Khalifa!! I am thinking about climbing the Tokyo Skytree and pretending to be King Kong because I’ll be in Tokyo next year but I would probably get kicked out!! All of you city buffs or urban studiers must come here!!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Katie S
    Doncaster, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit when in Lower Manhattan
    The Skyscraper Museum is well located to visit when you are in Lower Manhattan. The museum is currently free of charge. There are interesting facts and stories about the world's tallest skyscrapers, with a focus on those in NYC. I was at the museum for about 30 minutes, as a lot of the exhibits are images and written explanations / information. There are some cool scale models of skyscrapers too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Jemlnlx
    Bronx, New York4,766 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easily worth the price (free) of admission...
    Great free and informative museum in downtown Manhattan. Although it is free, reservations online are required in advanced for entry. (As of July 2023) Although small, it is free and contains lots of information on the concepts, structures and building process of many skyscrapers all over the world. It takes you through the history of skycrapers and looks into a few future projects. I believe this may be more interesting to those who like engineering and want to know the "why" and "how" behind many of these incredible structures. It is conveniently located in downtown Manhattan, nearby the Freedom Tower, Jewish Museum, Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Ferry areas...so can easily be worked into a site-filled itinery while exporing that area. I was able to see and read almost everything within an hour. So, it shouldn't take up too much time out of your day. Staff there was nice and informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • robyn4569
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little museum with lots of information
    This is a great little museum located in Lower Manhattan. Due to sponsors for the museum admission was free when I went, but a timed reservation was still required. Despite being a small museum (one floor), it has a lot of information and interesting displays! It covers a lot of different aspects of buildings and skyscrapers. When going to museums I like to look at basically everything so we were there for about an hour and a half including looking through the gift shop. The gift shop is at the entrance when you walk in and there is a coat rack for you to put your coats and baskets if you'd like to leave other items. They're not secured, but we had no issues with leaving our jackets there! There is also bathroom, small water fountain, and a few chairs/places to sit among the displays which was nice. Overall I highly recommend this museum as it contains a lot of interesting information and the staff working there were very nice!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
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robyn4569
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a great little museum located in Lower Manhattan. Due to sponsors for the museum admission was free when I went, but a timed reservation was still required. Despite being a small museum (one floor), it has a lot of information and interesting displays! It covers a lot of different aspects of buildings and skyscrapers. When going to museums I like to look at basically everything so we were there for about an hour and a half including looking through the gift shop. The gift shop is at the entrance when you walk in and there is a coat rack for you to put your coats and baskets if you'd like to leave other items. They're not secured, but we had no issues with leaving our jackets there! There is also bathroom, small water fountain, and a few chairs/places to sit among the displays which was nice.

Overall I highly recommend this museum as it contains a lot of interesting information and the staff working there were very nice!
Written 26 November 2023
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY4,766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great free and informative museum in downtown Manhattan. Although it is free, reservations online are required in advanced for entry. (As of July 2023)

Although small, it is free and contains lots of information on the concepts, structures and building process of many skyscrapers all over the world. It takes you through the history of skycrapers and looks into a few future projects.

I believe this may be more interesting to those who like engineering and want to know the "why" and "how" behind many of these incredible structures.

It is conveniently located in downtown Manhattan, nearby the Freedom Tower, Jewish Museum, Battery Park and Statue of Liberty Ferry areas...so can easily be worked into a site-filled itinery while exporing that area. I was able to see and read almost everything within an hour. So, it shouldn't take up too much time out of your day.

Staff there was nice and informative.
Written 29 July 2023
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Katie S
Doncaster, UK25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The Skyscraper Museum is well located to visit when you are in Lower Manhattan. The museum is currently free of charge.
There are interesting facts and stories about the world's tallest skyscrapers, with a focus on those in NYC.
I was at the museum for about 30 minutes, as a lot of the exhibits are images and written explanations / information. There are some cool scale models of skyscrapers too.
Written 12 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josh D
New York City, NY474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
I enjoy museums that I am interested in because when I go to art museums I usually get very bored quickly!! I happen to be a history buff and I also enjoy the Museum of Natural History because there is no way I’m going near a blue whale or a bear!! I happened to look up interesting museums in NYC and this showed up!! I went with my good pal in January and I reviewed it back then but I like to rewrite old reviews!! The museum had all the OG buildings in the world including the Tokyo Skytree and the Burj Khalifa!! I am thinking about climbing the Tokyo Skytree and pretending to be King Kong because I’ll be in Tokyo next year but I would probably get kicked out!! All of you city buffs or urban studiers must come here!!
Written 26 June 2023
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Amy D
London, UK295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I was left slightly disappointed by this museum. I thought it would be more immersive and bigger than it was, but it was only really one room. I would recommend if you're staying very close by or happen to be on a nearby street but I wouldn't travel across the city for this.
Written 24 January 2023
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Julia M
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This museum would benefit from getting advice on how to lay out displays to lead people through the story of how skyscrapers came to be, and the challenges faced. I would suggest getting a curator from the American Museum of Natural History, as their displays had a natural flow and interesting, informative descriptions.
Written 2 January 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
It's a small museum, but anyone who is interested in architecture or urban planning would enjoy it. Temporary expo on the tallest buildings in the world was interesting and well-curated. Plan on spending about an hour.
Written 5 November 2021
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JerseyJoe00
North Brunswick NJ50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a small museum in the Battery Park area of Manhattan. The main exhibit was on the proliferation of tall buildings in both New York and the world over the last twenty years or so. I was stunned at all the new construction in New York. This museum was able to put all this new construction in perspective.

I especially liked that they covered the new tall skinny buildings that have started to pop up around New York.
Written 21 October 2021
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Jon
164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We saw an interesting exhibit on development of high-density housing and how approaches changed. The one drawback is that it didn't really discuss the pros and cons of different plans from the standpoint of the people. Sponsored by the real estate industry so perspective is not surprising.

The good side of the real estate sponsorship is the price is just $5 -- cheap for a private museum in NYC
Written 21 February 2020
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bklyntraveler2017
Brooklyn, NY15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I thought the museum would be about skyscrapers, with more exciting exhibits, but it was more about population density in buildings. Each photo had a lot of explanations but overall, just so-so.
Written 19 December 2019
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