One of the best ways to start your acquaintance with New York is a visit to the Museum of the city of New York, set in the historic Colonial American mansion; it is a large red-brick building with white stone columns accenting the entranceway and marble floors and stairways. The museum was founded as a non-profit art gallery and city museum in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people as a significant learning resource. The Museum of the City of New York embraces the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrates the city's cultural diversity. It does so through its rich collections, a lively schedule of exhibitions, and an array of programs for adults and children. The Museum is dedicated to fostering an understanding of New York's evolution from its origins as a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status of one of the world's largest and most important cities. The Museum's first home was Gracie Mansion; its current home opened its doors in 1932.
The Museum of the City of New York occupies five floors. The history of the city is presented from the Dutch settlers of Amsterdam to the present day, with period rooms, dioramas, slide shows, films, prints, paintings, sculpture, and clever displays of memorabilia. An exhibit on Broadway illuminates the history of American theater with costumes, set designs, and period photographs. Maps, nautical artifacts, Currier and Ives lithographs, and furniture collections constitute the rest of the museum's permanent displays, while special exhibitions cover all aspects of the city's colorful history. The fifth floor, which houses the Rockefeller rooms, is a recreation of the houses of several famous Robber Barons, including Rockefeller. There are also recreations of living rooms from various time periods starting in the colonial era. Of course, there are plenty of paintings depicting scenes of New York.
The Museum of the City of New York is the perfect place to go to find out more about the city.