31 Chambers Street, Room 112 · New York, NY 10007
Open to the public Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please Note: The Visitor Center will be closed on Monday, June 23, and will re-open on Tuesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. in preparation for our one-night only exhibit for the Night at the Museums event.
Directions, visitor instructions, and holiday closings available here.
Additional questions please call (212) 788-8609 or fill out this form.
From Vision to Reality... Visitors to the Municipal Archives and City Hall Library have always marveled at the beautiful marble lobby at 31 Chambers Street, but few have had the opportunity to experience the wealth of archival and library treasures preserved behind locked doors. Deputy Commissioner Eileen Flannelly and her team at the Department of Records had long desired space that would highlight the agency and its mission. Recently, with much labor and very little money, the team turned the vision into reality by renovating the City Hall Library and transforming two adjoining rooms into the Visitor Center.
As a gateway to the Archives and the Library, the Center features:
Media Room - equipped with monitors for film and documentary screenings, orientation videos, and for patrons to research the Archives' unique film footage and audio collections.
Exhibitions - drawn from the rich resources of the Archives and Library, the Center features exhibitions highlighting the collections and interpreting themes and topics in city history.
Events - a downtown venue for author book-signings, lectures, and other happenings.
Education Outreach - colleges and high schools are invited to bring students to the Center for orientation classes, presentations, and educational outreach activities.
CityStore - unique products and official city merchandise.
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