Explore the planning, design, engineering, and technology of these amazing structures

Please note: This exhibition is temporarily closed.

Skyscrapers are among the ultimate achievements in engineering. Learn about skyscrapers' effects on culture, the environment, and even local weather patterns.

Feeling brave? Put on a safety harness and walk on a narrow steel beam above the gallery floor. Young visitors can put on a hard hat and safety vest, then discover how an elevator works, create their own skyscraper design, build a neighborhood with colorful blocks, load wood chips with a real mini-excavator, and stack blocks using an electromagnetic mini-crane.

Visitor info

Location: 1st Floor

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  • Step out on a narrow steel beam and walk the steel 18 feet above the gallery floor.
  • See how buildings are tested for weather resistance as you sit in hurricane-force 100 mph winds and rain.
  • Design your own skyscraper!
We thank our generous partners for sponsoring Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact: National Science Foundation (NSF); The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers; IMPACT; District Council of New York City; District Council of Northern New Jersey; District Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity; New Jersey Carpenter Contractor Trust; Construction Industry Advancement Program of NJ; Komatsu

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