Thursday, June 16, 2011

Skyscraper Museum: 39 Battery Place

This tiny museum is a very specialized spot downtown.  If you are interested in architecture (see model photo below right of the Fiat factory -- they have a test track on the roof!), NYC development (after all, this is the birthplace of the skyscraper), the Twin Towers (the largest buildings (by square footage) in the world (although not the tallest for quite some time), or the planning and construction of the new World Trade Center) this is the place for you. 

The museum currently describes the development of urban factories and how they transformed modern life.  There is also a small area that depicts the tallest buildings around the world (including a model of the Burj Dubai--the world's tallest building), as well as an interesting display of the development of downtown Manhattan (see photos below that show the progression from the mid 1950s through the 1960s).

Admission ($5 for adults), current exhibits, and hours are available at Skyscraper Museum Info.  As I said, if architecture is your thing, this could be a great visit for you, but if not, you may want to prioritize amongst the many other places of interest downtown (e.g., The Jewish Heritage Museum, St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church, the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, and of course, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty).

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