Museum of Illustration

128 East 63rd Street
The Permanent Collection of the Society of Illustrators is the home for hundreds of works of art by many of the greatest names in American painting and illustration. These works are cataloged with portions of the Collection constantly on display. T... more
The Permanent Collection of the Society of Illustrators is the home for hundreds of works of art by many of the greatest names in American painting and illustration. These works are cataloged with portions of the Collection constantly on display.

The Museum schedule features a variety of the Museum of Illustration exhibitions; contemporary, historical, one-man, group, annual Student Scholarship and Government Service Shows. The Annual Exhibition, on display for eight weeks, is a comprehensive retrospective of the best of the preceding year's illustration. This exhibit attracts thousands of visitors and is chronicled in a hardbound, full color volume which has been published annually since 1959.

The Norman Price Library houses numerous volumes relevant to the art of illustration,m while the archives include unique biographical and historical material available to all.

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Upper East Side Description

Museum of Illustration is located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. How best to describe one of the most famous neighborhoods in the United States? Aside from the extreme concentration of the rich and the famous, their opulent dwellings, and the army of doormen, butlers and chauffeurs who serve them, the Upper East Side is also a showcase for some of America’s finest cultural establishments.

Walk along Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile which features a veritable plethora of artistic and cultural institutions. For some of the best contemporary art collections, visit the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the recently renovated cylindrical wonder that is the Guggenheim. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim has always prided itself on being home to innovative and at times controversial works of art since its inception in 1959. There’s also the Jewish Museum, one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture.

Of course, no visit to Museum Mile would be complete without to the city’s crown jewel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many special exhibits complement the permanent displays at the Met, yet the collection is so vast that the huge storage areas under Central Park are bursting with pictures, sculptures and other objects d’art. From rare, ancient Egyptian relics to medieval coats of armor to a costume gallery that spans seven centuries it’s almost impossible to see everything in one visit, so multiple trips may be necessary. In addition, visit the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art and see thousands of works of art including collections by seminal artists such as Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder and Reginald Marsh. The Asia Society Museum, and Frick Collection are also nearby.

The official residence of New York City’s mayor, Gracie Mansion, is at the northern end of Carl Schurz Park on 89th Street. The main floor of the mansion is open to the public and is a showcase for art and antiques created by New York designers, cabinetmakers, painters and sculptors. Tours must be reserved in advance however.

From glamorous Fifth and Park Avenues to the fashionable townhouses in the East Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, there are too many noteworthy addresses to list, but a veritable Who’s Who of American society can be found here and if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of it. For your best bet, try dinner at Elaine’s. While the food is essentially secondary to the patronage, it remains a great spot for celeb-spotting. Named after its famed, cantankerous owner who can still be spotted their nearly every night attending to customers, the casual bistro is a frequented by a high celebrity clientele and counts Woody Allen, Michael Caine and Jackie Onassis among its devotees. Good luck getting a reservation. If it's fresh seafood you're craving try Atlantic Grill. Sample the daily selection of oysters and clams on the half shell from the raw bar. Or try their unique take on sushi and sashimi. Restaurant Daniel is another great dining option renowned for its award-winning French cuisine and elegant atmosphere.

The Upper East Side is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in New York. There's the classic Carlyle, which has been called home by leaders in world affairs, business, society, entertainment and the arts since its debut in 1930. The Carlyle remains a landmark of elegance and refined taste. Other prestigious hotels in the area include The Mark, which has been cited as one of the top 100 U.S. and Canada hotels in a Travel + Leisure's readers' poll and the sophisticated Lowell. A bit further south at the southeastern corner of Central Park, of course there's the most legendary hotel of them all, The Plaza, which set the standard for luxury when it opened over a century ago. The tradition continues following a recently completed $400 million, two-year renovation. The passion and uncompromising service, which made the hotel a legend, has returned with a new and contemporary spirit.

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128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 838-2560

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Admission And Tickets

Adults: $15
Seniors & Students: $10
Children 10 and under: Free

This Week's Hours

Sun - Tue: Closed
Wed - Sat: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Nearby Subway

  • to Lexington Ave -- 0.1


The Student Scholarship Competition 2023 exhibit is now available to view online! The online gallery includes images and links to the student’s portfolios and social media. View here: Image by scholarship winner Samael Hanein-Chagoury June 02

New Online Gallery for Digital Members! Works from our Permanent Collection selected by Guest Curator Mike Mignola. Join as a Digital Member! Learn more here: June 01

The OA 2023 is now accepting entries! Publishers, illustrators, agents, & authors may submit books to the 43rd annual exhibition. The deadline to enter is Monday, June 19! For more information: Image: Illustration by Leo Espinosa May 22

Doaa el-Adl is regarded as a rebellious critic of patriarchy. Learn how she deals with censorship & intimidation for her iconic cartoons which push for the equal rights of women in DRAW ME EGYPT. Join #HRWFFNY on 6/3 for the World premiere + live Q&A May 16

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