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New York City Is Getting Its First LGBTQ+ History and Culture Museum

News LGBTQIA+ Travel
by Olivia Harden Jul 16, 2021

New York City’s first LGBTQ+ museum will be coming to fruition in 2024. The New-York Historical Society is expanding over 70,000 feet to create the American LGBTQ+ Museum, which will be dedicated to the community’s history and culture in the US and worldwide.

The 70,000+-foot museum will envelop the historical society’s fourth floor and encompass two galleries, access to the roof garden, and areas for offices and storage. The space is to be designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and the project will be rolled out in stages until funding is secured, according to a news release.

As New York is the number one destination for American LGBTQ+ travelers, and homes the greatest number of LGBTQ+ people in the country, the city is an ideal place to build an establishment to educate and preserve history. Along with exhibits and collections, the museum will also collaborate with LGBTQ+ centers, cultural organizations, and colleges and universities for programming and research.

“We’re delighted to partner with New York’s foremost museum of history to build a new museum dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the richness and diversity of LGBTQ+ history and culture in America,” said Richard Burns, chair, board of directors, The American LGBTQ+ Museum. “The respect and rigor with which New-York Historical has approached this process, including their consultation with local communities, mirrors our own commitment to building a thoughtful, welcoming, queer, and inclusive experience for our visitors and partners. We look forward to bringing a dynamic new museum to life within this cherished, deeply-respected, and growing New York City landmark.”

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