In 1858, New York City was growing so fast that new roads and tall buildings threatened to cover much of Manhattan. People needed a green place to be - a park that could be accessible to everyone, with ponds to row on and paths to follow among trees and over bridges.
A citywide contest for plans for a new park was announced, and Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design. Then the hard work of implementing their ideas to make a great green park began.
Learn more about the construction of New York's Central Park in this delightful picture book.By Ashley Benham Yazdani
Now Offering In-Store Pickup
We have reopened to the public and we can’t wait to see you! We are pleased to offer in-store pickup as a way for you to get your order quickly when you come to visit us. We have greatly limited our capacity in the store, which may incur a wait time. If you are coming to the Museum, we encourage you to place your order with us before your visit so we can have it ready right away for you. Just select "pickup" as your delivery method at checkout and we will notify you when your order is ready.