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Behind the Scenes: Central Park Arsenal Tour

March 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, for a tour of The Arsenal (1847-1851)including a trip to the roof! The Arsenal, now the Parks Department headquarters, the Central Park building has a rich history of past uses, including a stint as the American Museum of Natural History. The Arsenal was designed by Martin E. Thompson (1786–1877), architect of The Second Branch Bank of the United States (1824), formerly on Wall Street (now the centerpiece of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and The Kellogg Club (1838) in Morristown, NJ. The personalized tour by Mr. Kuhn will point out significant alterations to the building by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, including the WPA-era murals (1935) by Allen Saalburg followed by a curated tour of the Arsenal’s current exhibit,  Zane York: Nature Morte (March 9–April 27, 2017).  The tour will conclude with sweeping views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue as participants stand on the roof of the Arsenal.



Paid Reservations must be received by Wednesday March 15th.
$25 for members, $30 nonmembers
Checks payable to Metropolitan Chapter VSA and mailed to
Metropolitan Chapter VSA-Tours
232 East 11th Street
New York NY 10003

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Participants in our educational tours must be in excellent health and able to participate safely in the activities involved. If you have any doubt about your ability to participate fully due to health conditions or disabilities, contact Victorian Society New York at or (212) 886-3742.  Victorian Society New York reserves the right to decline to accept or refuse to retain any person as a member of our tours at any time.


March 22, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Central Park Arsenal
830 Fifth Avenue
New York , NY 10065 United States
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