The Panorama of the City of New York

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. 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 include... more
The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. 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. The Panorama was built by a team of 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates in the three years before the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. In planning the model, Lester Associates referred to aerial photographs, insurance maps, and a range of other City material; the Panorama had to be accurate, indeed the initial contract demanded less than one percent margin of error between reality and the model. The Panorama was one of the most successful attractions at the ‘64 Fair with a daily average of 1,400 people taking advantage of its 9 minute simulated helicopter ride around the City. In 2006 an up-grade of the lighting system - the first change to the model since 1992 - allowed for the Panorama to be displayed in different light conditions; highlight different buildings... more
The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. 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.

The Panorama was built by a team of 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates in the three years before the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. In planning the model, Lester Associates referred to aerial photographs, insurance maps, and a range of other City material; the Panorama had to be accurate, indeed the initial contract demanded less than one percent margin of error between reality and the model. The Panorama was one of the most successful attractions at the ‘64 Fair with a daily average of 1,400 people taking advantage of its 9 minute simulated helicopter ride around the City.

In 2006 an up-grade of the lighting system - the first change to the model since 1992 - allowed for the Panorama to be displayed in different light conditions; highlight different buildings or areas of the City; and even recreate the sounds of the city. And, in the Spring of 2009 the Museum launched its Adopt-A-Building program with the installation of the Panorama’s newest addition, Citi Field, to continue for the ongoing care and maintenance of this beloved treasure.

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The Panorama of the City of New York

Wed, December 07
10:00AM
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$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
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$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
Fri, December 09
10:00AM
$
Suggested donation
$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
Sat, December 10
12:00PM
$
Suggested donation
$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
Sun, December 11
12:00PM
$
Suggested donation
$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
Wed, December 14
10:00AM
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Suggested donation
$8 - Adults
$4 - Senior
Free for children 18 and under

Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID
Free for all NYC Department Of Education employees with ID
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Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 592-9700

Schedule

December 7, Wednesday 10:00AM
December 8, Thursday 10:00AM
December 9, Friday 10:00AM
December 10, Saturday 12:00PM
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