The Panorama of the City of New York

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, in part as a celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure, this 9,335 square foot architectural model include... more

The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, in part as a celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure, this 9,335 square foot architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; that is a total of 895,000 individual structures. The Panorama was built by a team of 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates in the three years before the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. In planning the model, Lester Associates referred to aerial photographs, insurance maps, and a range of other City material; the Panorama had to be accurate, indeed the initial contract demanded less than one percent margin of error between reality and the model. The Panorama was one of the most successful attractions at the ‘64 Fair with a daily average of 1,400 people taking advantage of its 9 minute simulated helicopter ride around the City. In 2006 an up-grade of the lighting system - the first change to the model since 1992 - allowed for the Panorama to be displayed in different light conditions; highlight different buildings... more

The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, in part as a celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure, this 9,335 square foot architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; that is a total of 895,000 individual structures.

The Panorama was built by a team of 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates in the three years before the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. In planning the model, Lester Associates referred to aerial photographs, insurance maps, and a range of other City material; the Panorama had to be accurate, indeed the initial contract demanded less than one percent margin of error between reality and the model. The Panorama was one of the most successful attractions at the ‘64 Fair with a daily average of 1,400 people taking advantage of its 9 minute simulated helicopter ride around the City.

In 2006 an up-grade of the lighting system - the first change to the model since 1992 - allowed for the Panorama to be displayed in different light conditions; highlight different buildings or areas of the City; and even recreate the sounds of the city. And, in the Spring of 2009 the Museum launched its Adopt-A-Building program with the installation of the Panorama’s newest addition, Citi Field, to continue for the ongoing care and maintenance of this beloved treasure.


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The Panorama of the City of New York

The Panorama of the City of New York
10/29/2020 10:00 AM
Thu, October 29
10:00AM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
10/30/2020 10:00 AM
Fri, October 30
10:00AM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
10/31/2020 12:00 PM
Sat, October 31
12:00PM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
11/01/2020 12:00 PM
Sun, November 01
12:00PM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
11/04/2020 10:00 AM
Wed, November 04
10:00AM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
11/05/2020 10:00 AM
Thu, November 05
10:00AM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
11/06/2020 10:00 AM
Fri, November 06
10:00AM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
The Panorama of the City of New York
11/07/2020 12:00 PM
Sat, November 07
12:00PM
$
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
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Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 592-9700

Schedule

October 29, Thursday 10:00AM
October 30, Friday 10:00AM
October 31, Saturday 12:00PM
November 1, Sunday 12:00PM
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