Valentine's Day at the Museum
Valentine's Day at the Museum
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the New York City way with a range of festivities from art-making for children to private after-hours tours at the Museum of the City of New York during the Three Days of Valentine's on February 11, 12 and 14.
Visitors will also have the chance to delve deeper into the city’s history and culture with New York at Its Core, the brand new, critically acclaimed, interactive exhibition that tells the story of the city like never before, and other world class exhibitions like Gay Gotham and Mastering the Metropolis.
Love Themed Museum Wide Scavenger Hunt
All Day: Saturday, February 11 – Tuesday, February 14
Museumgoers hoping to find love in a culturally rich place will have the chance to search the Museum while interacting with the Museum of the City of New York and other participants on social media; participants who tag posts #MCNYVDay will be entered to win a free family-level membership!
Acapella Love Songs by The Perfect Fifths
Sunday, February 12, 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday February 12, the Museum’s rotunda will be filled with the sounds of love songs performed by The Perfect Fifths, an acapella group based out of Astoria with a style ranging from jazz to Broadway to folk to top 40. Performances will be every hour on the hour, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Love Yourself Project 10,000 Hearts Campaign
Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m – 3 p.m.
The Love Yourself Project uses a simple yet beautiful medium, the origami heart, to invite people to participate in the thought provoking experience of asking: “What do you love about yourself?” The campaign encourages people to inwardly explore and discover what they love about themselves. Through this awareness, the Love Yourself Project seeks to plant a small seed and spread the consciousness of self-love. The Museum will host the Love Yourself Project in its rotunda under its acclaimed Starlight installation.
NYC Love Stories: Valentine’s Day
Tuesday, February 14, 2:30pm
Love is all around the city. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, join us for a special family scavenger hunt throughout to find objects such as the original “I ❤ NY” sketch. Then write a love letter using creative shapes inspired by what you find!
Family programs are free with Museum admission and for members, geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old, and include a snack. Programs are designed for adults and children to complete the activities together.
Register for Family Programs
For The Special One(s) in Your Life: Private Gallery Tours
Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ticket for Two Tours: I Heart NY
Guests are invited to take an after-hours tour through New York at Its Core to discover the weird, the cool, the famous, and the infamous sites of romance in this fabled city. There is a $100 fee – $85 for Museum members – for two tickets that includes Museum admission, guided tour, and a champagne toast in the Museum’s rotunda, under Starlight
Interested in booking a private tour of any of the Museum’s exhibitions including Gilded New York, Gay Gotham, and New York at Its Core? Gift a tour for two to your loved one for a unique and special Valentine’s Day experience.
About The Museum
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.
The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.