The Queens Museum of Art opened in 1972 to serve as a cultural center for the borough. It only occupies part of the New York City Building, but plans for a renovation will expand it into the rest of the building.
The Panorama of New York City at the Queens Museum of Art:
Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair, the Panorama was refurbished in 1993. Since 9/11 the Twin Towers have been swarthed in the red, white, and blue ribbons, but they will soon be replaced by a memorial.
Queens Museum of Art - Exhibits and Events:
The Museum is undergoing a renaissance. The range and quality of art displayed has grown steadily since the early 2000s.
Permanent exhibits include the Panorama, the 1939 amd 1964 World's Fairs, and the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Art.
Queens Museum of Art - Hours and Admission:
- September to June
- Wednesday to Friday: 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Summer (July 18 - September 5)
- Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children and seniors.
Queens Museum of Art - Address and Directions:
- Subway/LIRR: The 7 subway or LIRR train to Willet's Point/Shea Stadium and walk south toward the Museum (look for the Unisphere).
- Car: Exit #9P (or #9E) from Grand Central and turn right. Van Wyck exit #11 southbound only.
- Q48 to Roosevelt Avenue and 111th Street, then walk south into the park.
- Q23 or Q58 to Corona and 51st avenues, and walk east into the park.
- There are more entrances for pedestrians.
Queens Museum of Art - Food and Drink:
Also nearby in the park, there are plenty of vendors with everything from Peruvian BBQ to ice cream.
Or head over to nearby Flushing by car or subway for great Asian restaurants.
Queens Museum of Art - Shopping:
There are books and photographs on Queens and art. The shop is a great place to find a gift for someone who grew up in Queens or visited the World's Fairs.
It served as the headquarters of the United Nations from the end of World War 2 until 1951. It was in this building that delegates voted on the partitions of Palestine and Korea.
In 1964, the building again served as a pavilion for the World's Fair. A permanent exhibit documents both World's Fairs.
Queens Museum of Art - Education and More:
Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11369