Formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art, the Queens Museum is an art and educational center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, NYC. Housed in the New York City Building, which was originally built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair and later hosted the United Nations General Assembly between 1946 and 1950, the Queens Museum is renowned for its contemporary art exhibitions that reflect the rich cultural diversity of the area.


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Founded in 1972, the Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, a historic pavilion designed by renowned architect Aymar Embury for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. After the World Fair, the award-winning pavilion was the temporary home of the United Nations General Assembly for four years, during which time the pavilion was the site of several defining and historical moments in the UN’s early years. Renovated by architect Daniel Chait in 1964 for the 1964 World’s Fair, the building was used as the New York City Pavilion where it displayed the Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs.

In 1972, the northern half of the New York City building was converted into the Queens Center for Art and Culture (renamed the Queens Museum of Art) and underwent a further renovation in 1994 when galleries, classrooms, and offices were added. The other half of the building was occupied by an ice skating rink for 60 years, which was relocated a new state-of-the-art recreational facility in 2009. The newly renovated and updated museum was reopened to the public in 2013 with a new entrance at Grand Central Parkway.

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The Queens Museum presents a variety of cutting-edge and critically acclaimed contemporary exhibitions and projects, as well as temporary exhibitions and artist projects. The Queens Museum’s permanent exhibitions include ‘The Panorama of the City of New York’, ‘World’s Fair Open Storage,’ where guests can explore the 1964 World’s Fair through a virtual reality game, ‘The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass’ and ‘the Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System.

The Queens Museum Studio Program

The Queens Museum Studio Program is a working studio program that aims to support artists’ creative processes and professional development. One of the only US museums to house such a program, the Queens Museum welcomes four new artists to the program each season who are integrated into existing program.


The Queens Museum presents an array of educational programs and projects, ranging from school programs for pre-K-12 students, tours, and workshops, as well as long-term residencies and professional development courses. School programs include hands-on art-making activities, in-depth observations, and interpretations of art and historical exhibits, and tours and workshops take an in-depth look at both the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Long-term residencies include one-time workshops and multi-year residencies.

Visitor Info: The Queens Museum is located in the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Museum offers free guided tours of the permanent exhibitions on Sunday afternoons in Spanish and English, as well as guided group tours of both the permanent and traveling exhibitions led by artists and educators. The Museum coffee shop and café, COFFEED serve a variety of single-origin coffees from around the world, freshly baked items and snacks, craft beer and wine in a casual, comfortable setting. The Museum’s Lockwood Shop sells a variety of houseware and décor, clothing, art, books, greeting cards, fashionable totes, and gifts for all occasions.

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New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368, hone: 718-592-9700

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