by Michael Hsu, 03/17/2014 [Updated 09/09/2015]
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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New York City Building, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, 718-592-9700
The Queens Museum presents work that speaks to the broad diversity of the borough. Perhaps the most famous exhibition is the Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs that depicts every building built before 1992 (with a few modifications since, to include places like Citi Field, Battery Park City and Brooklyn Bridge Park). Conceived by Robert Moses and created for the 1964 World's Fair, the display is the largest architectural model in the world, with 895,000 tiny buildings (the Empire State Building is about a foot tall) that took 100 people approximately three years to construct. The museum's art shows are curated with a distinct voice that speaks to the community. The institution, formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art, finished a major expansion in late 2013 that doubled the size of the institution: additions include a sweeping entrance and atrium, thousands of square feet of new exhibition space, a café and a museum shop. The Queens Museum also houses a stunning collection of Tiffany glass, including windows and lamps.