Skyscraper Museum

Skyscraper Museum information

New York City , USA
Street 39 Battery Pl
Getting there
subway 4/5 to Bowling Green
More information
admission $5
Opening hours
noon-6pm Wed-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Fans of phallic architecture will appreciate this compact, high-gloss gallery, examining skyscrapers as objects of design, engineering and urban renewal. Temporary exhibitions dominate the space, with one recent exhibition exploring New York's new generation of super-slim residential towers. Permanent fixtures includes information on the design and construction of the Empire State Building and World Trade Center.

The museum is also home to the cutting-edge technology known as VIVA – the Visual Index to the Virtual Archive. This visual-based interface uses a 3-D computer model of Manhattan as a clickable map, allowing users to see the city’s past and present, and to explore the museum’s collections through an online database (accessed via the museum’s website).