Why get a crick in your neck—or worse, risk looking like a tourist—while appreciating New York City's famous skyline, when you can visit the Skyscraper Museum instead? At this small museum that shares a building with the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City, you can appreciate highly detailed hand-carved miniature wood models of midtown and downtown Manhattan; explore the past, present, and future of the skyscraper—from New York City's Empire State Building to Dubai's Burj Khalifa (taller than the Empire State Building and Chicago's Sears Tower combined); and examine both the history of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center and the ongoing rebuilding of Ground Zero. Expect models of current or future buildings, videos, drawings, floor plans, talks, and exhibits that reveal the influence of history, real estate, and individuals on shaping city skylines.
Jan 25, 2009
Small and dull little museum with rotating exhibits that are haphazardly and confusingly arranged, mostly made up of small-scale models, posters, plans, and photos. Labeling varies from spotty to overly technical to non-existent. Interior space is attractive, but that's all this place has going for it. And any amount paid is too much for what you get here. Time is better spent at most any other NYC museum -- give this one a miss.