Look Skywards – at Battery Park City’s Skyscraper Museum

New York is home to stunning sky-high buildings - and a museum dedicated to these impressive skyscrapers found its home in Battery Park City.

The Skyscraper Museum, located at 39 Battery Place, is "the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis".

It "celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines."

You can see Mike Chesko's hand-carved miniature wooden models of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan - models "so small that ten city blocks can fit in the palm of your hand".

Permanent exhibits include "Maps and Photographs of Lower Manhattan", exploring the history of Lower Manhattan from the 50s to the 70s" and, coming up in October, you can explore "Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s": "MILLENNIUM revisits this recent history of lower Manhattan in the years just before Downtown’s identity was recast as Ground Zero."

 The museum also offers family programs on Saturdays, and frequently has events and book talks. On Oct 12th, Kevin D. Murphy will discuss his compilation, "Skyscraper Gothic".

Interior photo of The Skyscraper Museum

(The Skyscraper Museum)