The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.


The New Museum, designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, is a seven-story, eight-level structure located at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets, at the origin of Prince Street in New York City.

Studio 231 at 231 Bowery

Studio 231 was a two-year temporary project focused on the creation of new works.


The New Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and public agencies that support our annual programs and general operations. Sincere thanks to all New Museum Members whose support is crucial to our mission and program.


The Internship Program at the New Museum offers participants hands-on training in the museum profession and a comprehensive overview of Museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the world of contemporary art.


The Museum’s Volunteer Docent Program trains qualified volunteers to lead public tours through the Museum. Docents give introductions to, and facilitate discussions of, exhibitions and architecture of the building.

New Museum Café

The New Museum is pleased to house the Hester Street Café, a collaboration with the venerated Lower East Side community market, Hester Street Fair, known as a launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists.

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