I heard about The Queens Museum through the Wikipedia and am so glad that I stopped by while strolling through the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Their museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.
The Museum fulfills its' mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.
The Queens Museum presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents, while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.
While I was there, I was able to have an enjoyable, fantastic art experience and got to see quite amazing art that even included their World's Fair Exhibition, showing pictures and historical memorabilia during that era.
I was especially Impressed with their Model of New York City which is absolutely Gorgeous!
I more than Highly Recommend this Museum to anybody that Loves Art as Much as I do!
You drive by on the Grand Central Parkway and if you're aware enough, you'll see a giant portrait of an Asian guy and giant letters of the QUEENS MUSEUM. Fine you sold be enough to be intrigued and stop in for a visit. Disclaimer: I'm the farthest away from an artsy guy as you can find.
Let's skip right to the best exhibit of them all. The Panorama of NYC exhibit. You're walking on a suspended walkway looking down from a 360 angle of a small scale (literal room size) exhibit of NYC and the boroughs. Only issue is standing and orienting yourself in the right angle to figure out where you actually live, but that all comes with the intrigue of seeing this. Plus you can trick your friends with pictures to pretend you're in a skyline helicopter tour.
Other highlights: There's an exhibit on the extensive NYC aqueducts and waterway system. A room full of delicate Tiffany glass lamps where you'll be afraid if you look at one long enough, it might shatter. Step outside the back entrance and you get a solid view of the Unisphere (aka giant globe) at Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium.
Suggested donation is $8 for adults and student is $4. Coat check, (pricey) gift shop and mini cafe also are on site. This place is good for boring weekend if you don't want to be trapped indoors.
I could of sworn I've reviewed Queens Museum in the past.
Queens Museum is a very underrated museum. Over the years, the museum has gotten much better. It's still undergoing major exterior and interior renovations. The most well known exhibit here would have to be the panorama exhibit of NYC. It's been here for years and it seems to never get old. There are so many details and the mini airplanes that are connected to the ziplines is a nice touch.
I'm really looking forward to visiting this museum again when the renovations are fully complete. Parking is ample and its located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. A beautiful museum located right in front of the Unisphere. It's a great destination for all visitors.
Queens Museum is one of the hidden secrets of Queens. I was not aware of such a fascinating museum until I passed by it one day while walking by the vast globe in Flushing Meadows.
Upon entrance I noticed the suggested donation entrance fee which means FREE + tip. I would suggest you donate, even a small amount, because this museum offers an exclusive miniature display of NYC not seen anywhere else.
Forget the rest of the museum- prison bunk beds, stained glass lamps and furniture, and paintings and portraits which some are interesting to glace over. The highlight of the museum is the NYC panoramic display.
This display should be one of the must-see items for tourist next to the Empire State Building, High Line, and Central Park. In fact you can see the Empire State Building, High Line, and Central Park, and all of NYC famous sites all in one location. It's like viewing New York from an airplane. To note there are motorized airplanes that land in LaGuardia and JKF airports on the display. Every minuscule detail can be seen, the buildings, the parks, the rivers, for not only Manhattan, but Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and west of the city.
The museum is worth visiting once. The 20 minute walk from the train station is totally worth it.
$8 suggested donation for adults, and my three kids (ages 3, 5, and 8) were free. The newly renovated space is beautiful and we stayed for nearly two hours...not an easy task to keep three kiddies entertained for that long, but the artwork on display really caught their attention (and the adults, too!).
My hands-down favorite exhibit in the entire place is the Panorama; it is a 3D expression of the five boroughs and was originally installed decades ago. It has not been updated, so you will see the original World Trade Center and other buildings that are no longer current, but native New Yorkers should enjoy spotting familiar places.
Most people gravitate to Manhattan, but as a Queens native, I spend more time perusing my borough and trying to identify local landmarks and areas that hold personal meaning to me. It's like Google Maps before there was Google Maps. I could literally spend an hour or two just with this one exhibit.
If you are from NYC, if you have a fondness for detail, and/or if you enjoy spending a quiet moment appreciating the passion and craftsmanship that artists pour into their work, you should definitely make time to see this longstanding exhibit.
At an $8 suggested donation, the Queens Museum is well worth your time and money.
If you go to NY , you should definitely go to the Queens Museum . First of all, the view of the NY city is amazing, and is pretty close to the Queens sign. The Queens Museum itself is a nice place, with lots of yes shallow, but still information about the way observatories work, the universe, planets, etc. They have also a solar watch outside and a Foucault pendulum inside the building.
I came here on a field trip with second graders. Our museum guide was a really nice guy. Very informative and had a nice attitude with my kiddies. He spoke softly and since my kids don't get a whole lot of male attention they were pretty well behaved for him. Our tour was a total of an hour an change and the kids seemed really impressed.
We looked at the panorama of the 5 boroughs and got a really in-depth looks at each borrow. He pointed our where our school is and gave the kids little facts about the different things they saw. The airplanes that usually land were turned off so we'll have to come back and see that. We had a nice look at how water flows down to NYC and my kids just liked the fact that everything was so tiny and they felt like giants. They had a good time on the glass floors and our guide reminded them to just let us know if they felt nervous or anything like that which I thought was really thoughtful and nice. Kids could start freaking out on those glass floors and wouldn't say a word.
Anyways, for lunch we got to sit in the cafe area since there wasn't much going on. We had an awesome view of the Unisphere and the park outside. Us teachers took a look in the gift shop. The items were expensive but that was expected.
Overall we had a cool trip to the museum. My kids were pretty well behaved and definitely engaged. As we left, we drove by Citi field and my heart melted when one of my kids said, "Heyyy thats the stadium! We saw that at the Queens Museum!" It was so adorable. lol He totally wouldn't have noticed the stadium had we not just gone there. I loved it. A trip is definitely worth while if the kids can remember something like that. Overall worth stopping by.
**I think for older grades they have a more hands on set up. I saw another class building their own panorama model. If I get an upper grade I would totally come back.**
I love this museum. It's a bit farther away than you may be used to with Manhattan museums, but it is so worth the trek. Combine it with a day trip of getting lunch in Flushing and exploring the Flushing Meadows Corona Park for World Fair left-over structures and you'll have a day cut out for you. I saw a couple of modern art exhibits here - including "The Shatterer" by Peter Schumann, which was wonderful with interactive sculptures and books to flip through. Definitely one of my favorite modern art exhibits in a while.
There was also a beautiful exhibit of Tiffany lamps and paraphernalia from the World Fairs that were held in the park. The gigantic panorama of New York City is the real highlight of the visit, so save it for last. I tailed this very informative guide who pointed out some great things on the panorama - including the fact that all the parks in Queens/Long Island are all connected so you could technically spend a day biking along all of them (made a note for my next day trip!)
We visited this museum again after it is being renovated, now it is brighter, bigger and nicer. They give a more proper exhibition space to Tiffany glass lamp and water system 3D model.Not much changes with the NYC panorama, although they DID update the miniature model (find the Brooklyn bridge park section).
They also have temporary art installation from current artists.
Since they already have the water system 3D models and NYC miniature models, I wish they dedicated themselves as museum for miniature buildings or 3D art stuffs, rather than mixing it up with 1900s glass lamps, 1960s models and new pop art exhibit. I'm sure it will be a heaven for architecture lovers and distinguished themselves from other museum in NYC. Just my thought..
But all aside, do come to this place, where else can you find the NYC panorama!
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The museum is small and features very little art. The New York City panorama takes up nearly a third of the museum, and while it's an impressive piece of craftsmanship, it's nowhere near enough to anchor an entire art museum.
The only paintings or prints on display were silkscreens in an exhibit on Warhol.
When attempting to enter the Warhol exhibit, I got yelled at by a rent-a-cop for "entering the wrong way". There was no signage or visual indication of this, and the exhibit was not featured in chronological order (it was housed in one large room).
The NYC panorama is worth the trip alone. the Worlds Fair artifacts and the stainless steel outdoor unisphere are also very good exhibits as is the one on NYC's water supply. The gift shop actually has some '64 world's fair curios for sale, in pristine condition too. The bizarre abstract art is noise to the eyes, and seems to be there to fill the massive space. I recommend the museum's administrator repurpose the space for additional NYC-based exhibits.
Which is awesome upgrade after the renovation. The space is very open and welcoming. Loved the exhibits on view especially david Schumann shattered/shatter house/chapel. The staff were very friendly and welcomed discussions on the exhibits. The open space and large windows was such a treat to bring in all the natural light. The place is definitely a bit inconvenient to get to if you dont have a car but the walk lets you explore corona park.
I really enjoyed the Tibetan exhibition as the paintings were inspirational and engaging. The museum was still undergoing constructionbut the atmosphere with its wide spaces was intriguing and left much space for own thoughts. I also enjoyed the panorama of NYC but I liked the exhibit best which displayed the different societies over time as an ever-evolving macro cosmos.
The Queens Museum recently opened an expanded space and it looks fantastic. The old galleries had an awkward shape. The panorama totally dominated everything, being so much bigger and taller than everything else, and the main galleries were just filling it out in a square. The exaggerated height and curved walls tapering into narrow corners were just completing the building, not serving the interests of displaying artwork.
But the new galleries, in a former ice rink, are spacious and rectangular and very amenable to displaying all kinds of art. The NYC watershed map and tiffany glass collection (which always seemed like somewhat odd companions for the contemporary art that the museum usually shows) are still around but separated from the other exhibits in a more coherent fashion. Now there's a permanent display of memorabilia from the World's Fair, which maybe had been in the museum before, but I had never noticed it in the old configuration. The old, oddly shaped galleries are still in use, but the way movement flows into them from the central court feels elegant and now the variety of spaces that they contribute to spices up the experience of the museum visit. On my last visit a rounded wedge-shaped gallery featured works by Cuban artists, highlighting the diversity of artistic communities on display at QMA that you don't always find at the big NYC museums. Upstairs in the education area there was a small collection of unlabeled works--a project that encourages people to look at art without consideration of names, a gesture I appreciated. There was a denim jacket with punk stuff painted all over the back that held my interest for a while, and a painting that I'm pretty sure was made by Philip Guston (not that it matters).
One of the exhibitions in the main space was the Queens International, a biennial exhibition featuring artists who live or work in Queens. There was a lot of good stuff here, and great variety. I won't go into detail about it but I remember one video piece with a hip hop soundtrack and a women shimmying around a kitchen in their underwear with hands duct-taped behind their backs that made my friend say "Art is the best!"
The real highlight for me though was the exhibition "Peter Schumann: The Shatterer," which is about the activity of the Bread and Puppet theater, which has been doing performances and participating in activist demonstrations since the 1960s. There are larger-than-life paper-mache puppets, masks, books... It's so richly textured and full material - i felt like I would walk around, take a look from another perspective, and see a whole other layer of drawings and objects that I hadn't noticed before. From nonsense words and stories to grotesque body shapes, pointed renderings of expressive gestures and wistfully dashed-off ephemeral fragments, the two big galleries are packed floor to ceiling with details that are all worth stopping and pondering. It's up through March 30, 2014, and I would urge any art lover to check it out.
All in all, the Queens Museum is great and keeps getting better. I feel proud to live in its borough.
This museum is located right behind the unisphere of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It's easy to get to by taking the 7 train to Willet-Point and walking.
The panorama is really something to look at. I think I spent about an hour just in that one room admiring the detail and precision of the city. You can even try to find your own house! The tiffany glass upstairs is also something interesting to look at. They have videos showing how the glass are made.
The museum has a suggested donation of $8 for adults, but I don't mind it because the panorama is really worth it.
The QMA is currently undergoing some really drastic changes structural wise. The once separate adjacent ice skating rink is currently being transformed into a huge glass box with a beautiful skylighted ceiling and architectural staircase.
They commission very different types of art downstairs. Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore is really quite amazing - I never knew photography can be so intense. While the NYC Panorama is the major attraction of the museum, it would be nice to see some updating (the twin towers is still there).
Loved it. The venue is beautiful and that Peter Schumann exhibit is pretty spectacular even that quite gloomy. When i was there some installations were still being put up and some areas were in the middle of coming together. Would love to see some classics down the road, even a small section, amongst all the pop art. I guess it's all in the hands of their curator. But it's a definite must see - i hereby pledge my following and regular visits.
The permanent exhibits:
Panorama - amazing.
NYC Watershed model - pretty darn cool.
Tiffany lamps - really neat (would love to see more of these on display if they have them).
World's Fair memorabilia - very nice nostalgia (love to see a large scale installation of this sometime as part of a temporary exhibit).
The changing exhibits:
Very VERY weak - and this has been a consistent flaw going back for YEARS. Please please please Queens Museum, get something that is well curated. The art is often of the
"lots-of-text-on-the-pieces" type, the
"incomprehensible-performancey-concept" type, and/or the
C'mon, this is New York. You can do better.
That said, the permanent exhibits always lift my spirits and I highly recommend going here and bringing friends and relatives when they visit.
Also, the recent renovation is just fine - nice and simple.
This is a hidden gem in Flushing Meadow Park. I really loved the Panorama exhibit and the only reason I didn't give it a 5 its because it hasn't been updated in awhile they still have the twin towers.
I really enjoyed going around looking to spot the landmarks and seeing the little plane land and take off from LGA airport.
The expansion and renovation is beautiful and the galleries are now twice as large. Congratulaions to the Queens Museum, you've gotten even better.
The Panorama is the enduring attraction, and I could spend hours analyzing the 5 boroughs from above. There are always additional exhibit spaces related to the World's Fairs, and other shows often have some relation to city life, be it the housing crisis, photographs of working people, or the massive topographical model of the New York water supply system.
The gift shop tempts me with World's Fair memorobilia (yes, I've started a collection). While a convenient place to view a concentrated range of items, you can find most of this stuff online for much less. But hey, sales support the museum.
And who doesn't love an excuse to go to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?
This is a small museum, but I always find something interesting; I look forward to the imminent doubling-in-size.
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Usually I just go into museums and forget everything when I leave.
I gotta give it up to them. I haven't forgotten the giant panorama of NYC. It's like a model kit on steroids on steroids. Such detail.
It's kind of a hike from the subway, but they do provide a shuttle from there too. Or you can take a nice stroll through the park.
Another pay-what-you-wish museum, which I love! There is not a whole lot of art in this art museum, although they have been remodeling for a few years now and thus have less space available for exhibits. Once the remodel is done I plan on paying another visit to check things out (stay tuned for an addendum review!). There is a pretty cool relief map of the NYC water supply system (sounds thrilling, I know, but it actually is interesting to see the photos of how it was made, etc) and there is a way cool giant to scale model of New York City that you can walk around and over top of - worth the pay-what-you-wanted donation that you gave at the door for sure. Last time I was there (which was awhile ago) there was also a very cool installation involving lines drawn all over a very large white room. Not sure if it's still there, but it was awesome.
A few more reasons to check out the Queens Art Museum:
1. It's in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park and literally right next to the World Fair Globe.
2. There is a glass window wall that looks out onto said World Fair Globe, cool.
3. It's not busy, really ever. So you can browse and ponder at your leisure and not worry about too many people getting in your way.
4. Did I mention it's pay-what-you-wish? Because it is.
Okay, so you have to be kidding me with these four and five star reviews. It is sort of cool that they still have a bunch of stuff from the '64-'65 worlds fair and the panorama exhibit is interesting if you can locate buildings that have significance to you. But that's it - there is no art in this art museum. They have about six Tiffany lamps and a model of the New York watershed that they seem overly proud of. That's just about the entire collection unless you count a few photographs of the museum during their recent renovation.
We went to the museum yesterday after an absence of a few years and I *highly* recommend their current exhibit ("Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore", which will be there until January 15). Although it had tremendous resonance for us because we've lived in Detroit, I'm sure anyone would be fascinated with the exhibit; the photos are extraordinary. As always, we spent some time viewing the Panorama and it never fails to fascinate us.
A nice thing is that "senior" admission ($2.50 instead of $5) starts at age 50. Also, the staff is always very friendly (both at the front desk and in the gift shop).
This museum has a Panorama of the City of New York which is realistic. This model includes the complete five boroughs of New York City. Native New Yorkers can pin point buildings and well known streets or even their own house or work place.
Queensters are proud to have the Panorama of the City of New York!
There are many reasons to visit the Queens Museum of Art but by far the most compelling is to see the wonders of the New York City Panorama.
Commissioned by Robert Moses for the 1964 World's Fair (which was conveniently located on the very site), the Panorama is something even an ardent supporter of Jane Jacobs can appreciate. Yes, Robert Moses may have desired highways that cut neighborhoods in half and led to minor urban decay but he knew his models!
The Panorama was actually used for city planning projects and was recently updated to replace Shea Stadium with Citifield. It is interesting to observe what's missing: the entire landfill that is now Battery Park City is nowhere to be seen, the Time Warner Center wasn't around and there are other minor changes. Hopefully updates to the Panorama can proceed but even now it's a historical journey back to how the City was.
The Panorama is definitely the main attraction but there are other interesting exhibits. The World's Fair collection offers up insight into what corporations thought future consumers (mainly housewives) would buy to make their stepford lives even easier.
From Panorama to Futurama, it's an intriguing look into the manufacturing of futures that extend the trends of the at the time contemporary. (1939,1964/65). For instance, there's a poster with red baron-esque prop planes representing,without a doubt, a future where every family has one.
And who knew that the World's Fair had pavilions set up for Protestants, Catholics and Pakistan? (Amongst other faiths and countries).
The touch phone and automatic typewriter were also futuristic items on display back in '64/65.
Another exhibit of note is about the NYC aqueduct system and just how much water is needed from suburban areas to fill the mouths of thirsty city dwellers.
The recommended entrance fee is $5 for adults. There is also a small gift shop that has T-shirts with the word "Queens" and other souvenirs.
By mass transit, one can take the 7 to either 111th Street or Mets-Willets Point (for the longer walk). The former route will take you past many tempting grills run by Ecuadorian women whereas the latter has you going through the northern part of the park. I recommend visiting a stand serving up delicious tacos, sausage and papas (besides other treats) by the soccer fields. It's the stand that also has tables to sit by.
The QMA and the surrounding environs represent what's best about the borough-- visit Queens and you truly see the world. (Not just the Unisphere but that's also a plus)
They are currently renovating and so my review is at best a partial one.
I went with my daughters class and we toured the grounds. I love the fact that the "Sphere" is still present. Memories of my childhood but memories of "Men in Black" for my little one. LOL But, Why haven't they done more to spruce it up? It is a beautiful sculpture and a part of New York history and it should really be up to par with other sites in the city.
For any New Yorker, the indoor model of the five boroughs of New York is just fabulous! I mean you can find sites around New York that you are familiar with, Empire State Building, World Trade Center (very sobering) and even the most unassuming places around the city (NYCHA's Astoria Houses! LOL) So much work has gone into to making of this panorama that you can't help but take notice of the hard work of those 100 persons who put this whole Cityscape together. Wow!
I promised my daughter we would come back, and we will. I truly enjoyed it and it's worth the tour.
They also have a museum shop that offers a Yelpers discount when you check in! So, Yelpites take advantage and go visit!
Great panorama of NYC! It's freakin' huge, and a cool sight to see. I'd also come here to see the unisphere outside. However....that's about it.
A group of us came in and out of this museum after 20 minutes. The staffers were pretty rude-we had 10 kids but they kept raising their voices as they repeated, "Don't touch anything and don't be loud." Wow. These kids were the cutest and kindest bunch-was that really necessary??
The cafe is a joke-it's a small space with a few tables and chairs, a microwave and a small fridge with trash and a soda can in it.
There were other exhibits that were closed, which may have boosted this place up. It's suggested donation and I donated $ for the group, and the lady looked angry that I didn't give what she said was suggested-$2.50 a kid. I'd rather go elsewhere where I'm not judged based on my donations or company.
The Queens Museum of Art is a small museum located right by the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park. It's a really outdated museum that looks like it hasn't been cared for since the 80s. Luckily though they do have some good exhibits (like their collection of Tiffany glass) and the $5 admission is suggested. The gift shop is small with few options but they actually have some original memorabilia from the 1964 World's Fair for sale (though they do charge a pretty penny for the items). The main reason for coming here however is the NYC panorama which is an exact scale replica of the entire city of NY (all 5 boroughs). Here are some mind boggling facts:
-The model is 9,335 sq feet
-It was originally constructed for the 1964 World's Fair and was completely updated in 1992
-The scale is 1:1200 (1inch = 100ft)
-The model took 100 people 3 years to construct and contains over 895,000 buildings
This model is one of the most amazing things you can see in NY and for next to nothing it's one of the biggest bargains in the city.
It's quite a trek from Manhattan but it's a MUST do. Just to see the exhibit of all five boroughs....it's breathtaking. I was like a kid in a candy store. I'm sure someone else has written this but it's a much cheaper way to take a "helicopter" ride around the city to see it from above. The details may not be exactly up to date but it's amazing. The pieces from the World's Fair exhibits were interesting.
It is a bit of a hodge podge museum but it's worth the trek. The Flushing Meadow Park is BEAUTIFUL and seriously underused.
I also saw the Detroit Disassembled exhibit which was really well done. The photos were larger than life, the colors and compositions were excellent.
Its located right next to the park. Super easy to get to by train, just take the 7 to mets-willets exit. It's not the biggest museum, two stories. Pay as you wish prices. Free for columbia students. The only thing that is really really really awesome about this place is the panorama of the 5 boroughs of New York. Such detail! you can spend an hour just looking at all the details. although the twin towers are still there...need to update that. but i really like the airplane going in and out of the airport. pretty cool. id say its a one time deal to come to this museum, not like the other big ones in manhattan. the cafe consists of muffins and cup noodles and bottle soda/water. the gift shop is pretty tiny too, selling little globes and nick naks. i still dont understand why museums say no photography. should just say no flash instead. people come to these things to take pics and remember their moments!
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This is my second event held by Jando, and it was a smash hit. Who would of thought a museum party would rock. I've been to a couple that were held to a strict code with suits and classical music. This was completely different. This was more modern, more hip and more of upbeat. its been a while since i have been here until I went here for a Yelp Summer Bash. Not only did I enjoy the food and music, I was able to re-live my childhood and enjoy my love of museum and art. The music was hitting the best of the best music mixes and wat was even interesting it was done by none other than the DJ Rugg-meister LOL. Next to Ruggy, there was a huge line for a photo booth. The food did not disappoint. There was some awesome mini-burgers that had a store that sold various meat such as snake, kangaroo, gators, etc. Another type of food I enjoyed was the sandwiches with a Korean / Vietnamese blend. Then I topped it off with some terrific Arepas and custom marshmallows (my favorite was the mint chip). On my way out, I took a slow walk down the ramp taking an over view of the small scaled but very detailed city and its 5 boroughs with actual motorized planes incoming and going from laguardia airport. I actually loved this party that I ended up looking for some worlds fair historic memorabilia on ebay to purchase. If you missed this party....why? Overall Jando again has gone above and beyond. I cant wait to visit these restaurants/business on my own. Thanks man for opening my eyes to more food. LOL.
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This place is worth a somewhat harrowing drive from Mineola (then again, for me ANY drive is harrowing:S). The miniature panorama brings me back to my childhood obsession with miniatures, and the World Fair exhibit is super enlightening. Other exhibits are very user-friendly---this is an unpretentious museum. But Target Free Fridays, with music, movies and dancing, remain my favorite feature!
This museum is a bit of a mixed bag from my perspective. Much of the focus is on postmodern art, and not of the good variety. Not that there is that much good PoMo art out there, although I'm probably biased in that regard. Lots of installation and conceptual art, along with some audio-visual exhibits that are reminiscent of the Whitney, albeit on a smaller scale.
Those critiques aside, there are some quite amazing aspects of this museum, including a stunning architectural model of New York City called "The Panorama," which is aesthetically breathtaking There's also a mockup of the New York City watershed map that's extremely fascinating for anyone interested in exploring the history of New York. On the second floor there are also some great artifacts from the two World's Fairs that were held here, including some fantastic blueprints drawn up by Salvador Dali.
Overall, I think this museum serves its purpose, and is definitely worth visiting if you happen to find yourself in Flushing Meadows for a day. After all, what else are you going to do? Watch the Mets?
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Mission: The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for …Learn more about Queens Museum , Opens a popup
The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community.
The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.
Besides hosting exciting contemporary art exhibitions, we house the Panorama of the City of New York. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World's Fair, in part as a celebration of the City's municipal infrastructure, this 9,335 square foot architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; that is a total of 895,000 individual structures.
Established in 1972.
The structure was built to house the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair. From 1946 to 1950 it housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations. In preparation for the 1964 World's Fair the New York City Building was again renovated. The building once again housed the New York City Pavilion and the most dramatic display there was the Panorama of the City of New York, which remains in the building and open to the public as part of the Museum's collection.
In 1972 the north side of the New York City Building was handed to the Queens Museum of Art. Almost twenty years after it opened, the Museum undertook its first major renovation. In the near future, the Museum will begin a second renovation; it will double in size by expanding into the south side of the New York City Building. The architects for this new expansion are Grimshaw/Ammann and Whitney.
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Tom Finkelpearl is the Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art where he is working on an expansion that will double the size of the museum. The Queens Museum is situated in America's most ethnically diverse county, and it seeks to serve as a cultural bridge in the community. He spent 12 years at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, returning in 1999 as Deputy Director and working on the organization's merger with the Museum of Modern Art. Between his P.S.1 stints, he worked for six years (1990-96) as Director of New York City's Percent for Art Program where he organized over 130 public art projects and as Executive Director of Program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a residency program in Maine for advanced visual artists (1996-1999). Based on his public art experience and further research, he published a book, Dialogues in Public Art (MIT Press, 2000). He received a BA from Princeton University (1979) and an MFA from Hunter College (1983).
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