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In a city known for its impressive skyline, it makes sense that there would be a museum devoted to its skyscrapers. No such museum existed until a pop-up exhibit opened in 1997. After three other exhibition sites, the museum found a permanent home in the Financial District in 2004. The Skyscraper Museum is a small museum which focuses, of course, on the skyscraper. There are three main exhibits, one of which details the sad but interesting history of the devastation, and subsequent regrowth, of lower Manhattan after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Another exhibit discusses the history of skyscrapers in New York City and includes models of the city, pictures of its notable buildings, and information about the architectural elements of the buildings. The museum also features information about the development of skyscrapers in general. There is a timeline that discusses large buildings throughout world history with details about how each was constructed, including facts about recent super-tall structures. A visit to the Skyscraper Museum will only take an hour or two, but it provides lots of information for those who want to learn more about the history of New York and the skyscraper. We recommend checking out this interesting museum, especially if you’re looking for something a little less touristy.

 

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