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MAS tours are designed to help our fellow New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors better understand our built environment, appreciate what has been saved, learn about what has been lost, and get the inside scoop on what's to come. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law as a proud partner of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, tours listed with the Landmarks50 photo icon will specifically focus on landmarked areas, unprotected areas vulnerable to inappropriate development, historic districts, and scenic landmarks. Unless otherwise noted, most tours last approximately two hours and proceed rain or shine.

grand central terminal, new york city
Official Guided Tour of Grand Central Terminal
This 75-minute tour, led by MAS docents, highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s largest train terminal.

$25 Adults / $20 MAS Members, seniors, students, children under 10 & same-day Metro North riders. Group rates are available. Review our FAQ for more information.

Offered every day at 12:30, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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1 Tour Gift Certificate
By popular demand, gift certificates are now available for all the New Yorkers or visitors on your holiday shopping list! Let our award-winning guides take your friends and family on a tour that shows what makes New York, New York. $30 / $20 Members. Give the gift of a MAS tour!

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2016 02/06 - In the Footsteps of Abraham Lincoln in New York
11:00 AM - To mark the Great Emancipator's birthday, architectural historian Matt Postal will lead this tour to revisit the Civil War metropolis, focusing on a particularly historic stretch of lower Broadway, from the site of Barnum's American Museum to present-day SoHo. Stops include various 19th century structures associated with the 16th president and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, including Matthew Brady's daguerreotype studio, the Haughwout department store, as well as theaters, saloons, and related amusements. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/07 - Manhattan's Art Deco Interiors
2:00 PM - The phrase "Art Deco New York" generally conjures romantic images of Manhattan skyscrapers. But just as remarkable as the towers are their sumptuous interiors - which are also far more comfortable to visit on a cold winter's day. On this tour with Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming Guide to Art Deco Architecture in New York City, we'll visit the publicly accessible interiors of half a dozen Deco marvels: the Daily News Building, the Chrysler Building, the Chanin Building, the General Electric Building, and the Waldorf-Astoria. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/07 New! -- A Winter Walk in Fort Tryon Park
2:00 PM - Join NYC naturalist and author Leslie Day on a mid-winter tour of Fort Tryon Park, home to the Cloisters and the beautiful Heather Garden--your guide's favorite. Learn about the human and botanical history of this exquisite park rising up from the Hudson River in northern Manhattan. Gifted by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to the people of the city of New York, this site of the former Billings Estate was transformed into a treasured city park by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead's sons of the Olmstead Brothers firm in the 1920s. We suggest you dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes for traversing hills, and bring binoculars if you have a pair! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 02/12 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/13 - MAS Celebrates Black History Month: Pierre Toussaint's New York
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2016 02/13 - MAS Celebrates Black History Month: Pierre Toussaint's New York
11:00 AM - Pierre Toussaint, a 23 year old slave, arrived in New York in 1797 a refugee from the revolution in Saint-Domingue. He went on to become a society hairdresser and philanthropist--a one-man social service agency. Word around town in antebellum New York was "go to Toussaint" if you were down and out. The Catholic Church says he practiced heroic charity and his cause for canonization is in progress. Join urban historian James A. Sullivan to learn about his remarkable life and the New Yorkers who admired him. Follow Toussaint's footpaths in lower Manhattan, from Wall Street and Trinity Churchyard to Reade and Franklin Street. The tour will conclude at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral where Toussaint was buried in 1853. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/13 - Sold Out: Presidential New York: The New York of Chester A. Arthur and Theodore Roosevelt
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2016 02/13 - Sold Out: Presidential New York: The New York of Chester A. Arthur and Theodore Roosevelt
2:00 PM - America's 21st and 26th presidents were New Yorkers. Chester Alan Arthur served a single term from 1881 to 1885. As vice president he was thrust into the top job following the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Owing in part to his ethically checkered pre-presidential career, and to one unfortunate piece of legislation--the Chinese Exclusion Act--that came out of his administration, he has been rated by historians among our worst presidents. Your guide, architectural historian Francis Morrone, wishes to make the case that he is one of our most underrated presidents. T.R. also became president because of assassination (that of William McKinley), and served from 1901 to 1909. He ran again and lost in a 3-way race in 1912, just as he had lost a 3-way race for the New York mayoralty in 1885. Your guide wishes to make the case that the case can be made that he was our greatest president. Please note that this tour covers almost exactly the same geographical area as last month's Edith Wharton's New York tour, though with only the tiniest bit of overlapping content. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 02/13 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/14 - MAS Celebrates Valentine's Day: Radical Love and Sexual Politics in the Bohemian Village
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2016 02/14 - MAS Celebrates Valentine's Day: Radical Love and Sexual Politics in the Bohemian Village
2:00 PM - Join this tour with guide and historian Kathleen Hulser to learn about the downtown women who pioneered the "free love" lifestyle in the era around World War I, promoting sexual freedom for all. Emma Goldman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Louise Bryant, Susan Glaspell, Mae West and many others pushed the boundaries in the progressive and tolerant atmosphere of the Village. In theory and practice, fiction and journalism, the wild women of the Village experimented with ideas about gender equality and new psychological theories from Freud and others. Margaret Sanger, the model for Wonder Woman in the comics, preached the merits of birth control and published a paper advocating free thinking and open minds. The Village's tiny living accommodations gave women an excuse to avoid family formation, or to do it in unusual ways, like in the case of Crystal Eastman who shared a house with her brother and sister-in-law. Others, like Eleanor Roosevelt's friends, Elizabeth Reid and Esther Lape lived in committed lesbian relationships as they fought for women's equality in the political arena. The cafes and later speakeasies of Prohibition-era Village offered a lover's playground, far from the censorious eyes of America's suburban Babbitts. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/19 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 02/19 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/19 Sold Out: New! -- Steinway & Sons Piano Factory Tour
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2016 02/19 Sold Out: New! -- Steinway & Sons Piano Factory Tour
9:15 AM - If you go to a concert or listen to a piece of music, 98% of the time you will hear a Steinway Piano, the apogee of musical art and the most complex hand crafted object on earth. This tour reveals a perspective rarely seen except to insiders in the music world and The Steinway Factory Tour has a waiting list that usually stretches for many months or even years but we have arranged a special guided tour just for MAS members and constituents. The tour starts earlier than usual so that we can see the special piano "rim bending." Join Executive Director of the Friends of Steinway Mansion and veteran tour guide Bob Singleton as he shares with you company lore he learned from his tutor, the last family member to run Steinway & Sons, the late Henry Z. Steinway, and get an up-close-and-personal tour of the famed Steinway Factory where the world's most renowned pianos are made. Note: This is a tour of a working factory with heavy machinery on four floors with no elevator. The basement space may dusty and smell of varnish. Guests will not be allowed to take pictures, and phones, tablets, etc. must be turned off while in the factory. Guests must wear the provided goggles and must be wearing close-toed shoes. People with pacemakers are not advised to take this tour. This tour is not ADA accessible. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/20 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 02/20 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/20 Sold Out: New! -- Roosevelt House Tour
2:00 PM - Roosevelt House -- the former double townhouse of Franklin, Eleanor and Sara Delano Roosevelt, and now owned by Hunter College -- offers visitors a chance to get closer to a family as unique as the city they inhabited, and to explore the private spaces where some of the most iconic public policy of the 20th century was shaped. Join this new tour with Dr. Deborah Gardner, historian & curator at Roosevelt House to hear about Franklin's rise to the presidency after his struggle with polio, Eleanor's activism for civil rights and human rights, and Sara's philanthropy. We'll explore the rooms where Eleanor gained the leadership skills to become America's ambassador to the world and where Franklin created the New Deal to bring America out of the Great Depression. Hear the voices of the Roosevelts and their friends, view Roosevelt memorabilia, photographs, and period documents, and learn about the restoration of the Neo-Georgian landmark designed by architect Charles A. Platt. Your guide is a long-time member of MAS and served on the Preservation Committee for many years before service on the Landmarks Preservation Commission. For the past three years she has led a tour of Red Hook for the MAS Jane's Walks. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/21 New! -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: American Cultural Primacy and the Preservation of Our Architectural Treasures
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2016 02/21 New! -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: American Cultural Primacy and the Preservation of Our Architectural Treasures
2:00 PM - From quietly influencing the powerful people she was surrounded by, to direct personal action, "Jackie O" fought to advance an enlightened cultural agenda inspired by her storied upbringing. Join popular guide Deborah Zelcer on her new tour which reveals the very important role that our nation's most unforgettable First Lady played in defining good taste, high culture, and the importance of preserving the livability and distinctive architectural character of American cities--especially our own! We will visit buildings associated with her charmed and often not-so-charmed existence, and consider her very important advocacy work in shaping and preserving New York. The tour will include a brief visit to Grand Central Terminal to view the new memorial honoring her leadership, in partnership with MAS, in saving our iconic train terminal when it was threatened with destruction in the 1960s. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/26 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 02/26 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/27 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/27 MAS Celebrates Black History Month: New! -- Bayard Rustin Uptown
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2016 02/27 MAS Celebrates Black History Month: New! -- Bayard Rustin Uptown
1:00 PM - In 2013, fifty years after the 1963 'March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom" , it's chief architect Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. Rustin was a remarkable African American man, openly Gay, Quaker pacifist who had been tirelessly organizing for peace, justice and racial integration and equality since the 1930's. From the time of his arrival in NYC in the later 1930s, Bayard Rustin moved about extensively in many places but particularly in Harlem and Greenwich Village and it's environs. In January and February in honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, this two part tour series will explore Bayard Rustin's New York: Uptown and Downtown. When Bayard Rustin first arrived in NYC in the late 1930s, he lived with an aunt in Harlem. Although Harlem's "heyday" of the roaring twenties was over, during the Great Depression its intellectual, cultural and political life still thrived, and Rustin was as immersed in those circles as he was in circles downtown. During these early years he was mentored by the great labor and socialist activist A. Phillip Randolph, with whom he worked closely for many decades. He was also involved with the Harlem Ashram which was organized on Gandhi's principles of nonviolence. It was in Harlem that Rustin's headquarters for organizing the 1963 March on Washington was located. Here in Harlem, Rustin had an uneasy relationship with preacher-turned-politician, Adam Clayton Powell, who pushed him out of Martin Luther King's movement due to homophobia. In a gesture of true Gandhian action and solidarity, Rustin still defended Rev. Powell when he came under congressional inquiry. Join urban planner and guide Laurence Frommer as we explore Rustin's involvement in "The Capital of Black America" in Harlem. Note: all tour-goers must bring a metro-card at least three fares. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/28 - Sold Out: Special Access: Woolworth Building Lobby Tour
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2016 02/28 - Sold Out: Special Access: Woolworth Building Lobby Tour
12:00 PM - On this tour led by noted historian, author and tour guide Anthony W. Robins, we'll discuss the importance of the Woolworth Building in the development of lower Manhattan, visit hidden corners and staircases that are not seen by most visitors, and we'll be given a unique perspective from the mezzanine with an up-close view of its extraordinary mosaic ceiling and historic murals. Come see its wealth of ornamentation, and get a detailed look at the building's unmatched polychromatic terra-cotta exterior, along with an in-depth discussion of its landmarked lobby including exclusive access to the mezzanine level. This tour will also include a look at Cass Gilbert's first New York City skyscraper, the nearby Broadway-Chambers Building, and a contain a discussion of how Gilbert's work led to the creation of the tallest skyscraper in the world and his impact on skyscraper design and the development of future skylines.The first 30 minutes of this tour will take place outside the building and include a brief walk along Broadway to Chambers Street. The remainder of the tour will take place inside the building. Please note that this tour includes stairs, walking and significant time standing and you are welcome to bring a folding seat. Cost: $50 / $40 Members

$50.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 02/28 Sold Out: New! -- A Winter Walk in Central Park
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2016 02/28 Sold Out: New! -- A Winter Walk in Central Park
2:00 PM - Central Park is a wonderland throughout the year. In each season, one can see things not visible the rest of the time. Winter is the time to see the park with bare-limbed trees etching beautiful patterns against the sky. It is also the best season in which to take a close look at the park's structures designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, including the spectacular Terrace with its improbably intricate carvings. It's also the best time to look at the park's wealth of sculpture, some of it great (like the Indian Hunter and Angel of the Waters), some of it not so great. On this walk with architectural historian Francis Morrone, we'll tour the park's southeastern quadrant, and we will look at Vaux's bridges, "Literary Walk," the Conservatory Water, the Obelisk, and much more, and consider the contributions to the park of Robert Moses and of the Central Park Conservancy. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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