Join us for a weekend focused on architecture and urban design, as Queens Museum takes part in the 13th Annual Open House New York weekend, organized by Open House New York. Housed in the historic New York City Building, site of both the 1939 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs and the first home of the United Nations, the Queens Museum has become the principal center for modern and contemporary art in the borough as well home to a collection of world’s fair memorabilia.
The New York City Panorama, built by Robert Moses for the 1964-64 World’s Fair is the crown jewel of the Museum’s collection. This 9,335 square foot architectural model includes 895,000 buildings in all five boroughs. The Museum also houses a model of NYC’s watershed and the exhibit “From Watersheds to Faucets: The Marvel of New York City’s Water Supply System.”
In November 2013, the Queens Museum ushered in a new phase in the institution’s history, completing an expansion project with the design insight of Grimshaw Architects. Doubling in size to 105,000 square feet, the museum been now embodies the overarching philosophy of openness. With daylight streaming into the new Museum through a series of skylights, and with soaring 48 foot ceilings, the entire space rings with an airiness that fits in well with its setting in a park.
Sunday Tour Info: OPENDIALOGUE discussions with renovation architects from Grimshaw Architects will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. Bilingual English/Spanish Tours of the Panorama with museum educators will take place at 2 and 4:30pm.
Access Notes: Please note that pets are not allowed unless they are service animals for individuals with disabilities.
About Open House New York
Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the buildings, infrastructure, and public spaces of New York City. OHNY celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps catalyze a conversation about the city’s future to sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. For more information visit ohny.org
About Open House New York Weekend – October 17-18, 2015
For two days each October, OHNY Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.
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