Empire State Building(ESB)reimagines the Observatory Experience with New Second Floor Museum

The $165 million project presents the only museum in New York City that is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 2 AM. Located on the second floor of the international icon, the 10,000 sq. ft galleries invite guests on a journey from the building's construction to its current place in pop culture.

The new galleries are part of the total Observatory Experience featuring immersive and interactive exhibits that lead to the one-of-a-kind views from the 86th Floor Observatory. The museum will not be available separately.

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The galleries through which visitors travel to experience ESB's famous views from the center of New York City include:

The Site in the 1920s

A black-and-white panoramic image depicts the site of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as construction of the Empire State Building begins. Through building surveyors, guests can look in and see the New York City streets of the late 1920s come to life in full color.


Inspired by the photography of Lewis Hine, visitors will be transported back in time as hot rivets, and steel beams fly overhead, and the sounds of New York City come alive in surround sound. Visitors can also interact with specially commissioned cast sculptures of construction workers as they work and take their lunch break.

Opening Day

The excitement of opening day is palpable with a newsboy announcing the opening of the Empire State Building as he sells his papers on the streets of 1930s New York City

Modern Marvel

The Modern Marvel exhibit outlines the specific measures taken to make the Empire State Building a world leader in sustainability and a leading example in energy efficiency.
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The Empire State building is a popular destination for celebrities and worldwide talent with many from around the globe visiting its world-famous 86th Floor Observatory. This exhibit highlights some of the most-famous visitors with their images and signed memorabilia adorning the walls.

Otis Elevators

Otis delivered the groundbreaking technology that made the towering height of ESB possible. In a dedicated exhibit, Otis showcases not only how the original elevators operated, but teaches visitors about the latest technology installed in the newest elevators, which transport more than 10 million tenants and Observatory Guests each year.

World's Most Famous Building

Set to an original score commissioned for this exhibit, more than seventy screens display highlights of ESB's starring role in pop culture from every decade since the 1930s. Visitors from around the world will recognize the hundreds of movies, TV shows, commercials, cartoons, comic books, and video games that feature the world's most famous building.
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August 1, 2019

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