Skyscraper Museum

by | 07. Aug 2012

Cultural | Feature

Photo: © Grant Peterson, 2004

The Skyscraper Museum opened the doors to its new permanent home in lower Manhattan on April 2, 2004.

The 5,800-square-foot, ground floor gallery is walking distance from the World Trade Center site and the fallen twin towers that were at one time the tallest buildings in the world.


Photo: © Grant Peterson, 2004


The gallery space itself was designed to look modern, and uses a visual trick to expand the look of the place. The ceiling and floor are made of a highly polished stainless steel, which reflect each other and make the gallery seem that much taller.

Lower Manhattan is the birthplace of the skyscraper.  The skyline of lower Manhattan from New York Harbor was the image of New York for much of the 20th century. … Lower Manhattan is the most appropriate and the most poignant place to tell the story.
/Carol Willis
Founder and Director

Photo: © Grant Peterson, 2004


The opening exhibition, “Building a Collection”,  includes photos, drawings, models, books and other items to showcase the construction and history of skyscrapers.

One wall has drawings of current and planned buildings, to show the future of the tall buildings.  They include images of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 1,676 feet, and plans for the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower to be built at the reconstructed World Trade Center site.

This summer, the museum will host an exhibit on the World Trade Center, featuring an original model of the site, and in October, a show focusing on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.


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