Located in New York City's most diverse borough, the Queens Museum boasts a collection of art that spans eras, styles, and genres. The museum exhibits visual and decorative arts, as well as design and architecture. Beyond the galleries, stop in for a family-friendly event or grab a snack at the museum's café.
The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which was originally built for the 1939 World’s Fair, and today includes several galleries that host rotating exhibits and permanent collections; highlights include the impressive display of Tiffany Glass. To get the most out of your trip to Queens, book a private tour and add Queens Museum to your outer borough itinerary. Private tours typically include transport so you can avoid the hassle of public transit.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Fans of urban planning will love the museum's Relief Map of New York's water supply system, and to-scale model of New York City.
- The museum offers free guided tours in English and Spanish on Sunday afternoons.
- The museum hosts educational programs for the community at large, so check the calendar for events and classes.
- Museum amenities include a café and Wi-Fi.
- The Queens Museum is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
You'll find the museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Flushing neighborhood. For public transit access, take the above-ground 7 train to Mets-Willets Point. Alternatively, hop-on hop-off bus tours tend to stop at the museum. Driving is also a viable option, since the museum is conveniently located off the Long Island Expressway at exit Exit 22B.
When to Get There
The Queens Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, and is closed on major holidays. It's a great rainy day destination since most of the exhibits are indoors, and the museum hosts several rotating exhibits annually. Weekends are busiest so visit during the week to avoid the crowds.
How to Learn About the World's Fair
A unique feature of the Queens Museum is its visible storage display of World’s Fair art objects and ephemera. The Queens Museum site originally hosted New York’s World’s Fair pavilions—in 1939-40 and 1964-65—and now provides a home to around 10,000 objects. More than 900 World’s Fair-related objects, from the larger collection, are permanently on display.