Voted by Tripadvisor travellers as the top U.S. attraction for two years running, the Empire State Building offers more than just views of New York City’s iconic skyline. A recent $165 million reimagination has left the ‘World’s Most Famous Building’ better than ever, featuring an immersive museum with 12 exhibits, two observation decks and dedicated visitor entrance.
All ticket holders get access to the exhibits on the second and 80th floors, as well as the 86th Floor Observatory. Upgrades are available for the 102nd Floor Observatory. Admission is free for children up to five years old.
Step back in time
Visitors will travel through time as they explore the interactive exhibits. A telescope lens transports viewers back to the 1920s to experience the site of the Empire State Building as it would have looked back then. Next, find yourself surrounded by iron workers and masons shouting over the clangs of machinery as you watch the construction of the building, before heading into the streets of 1930s NYC with palpable excitement for the grand opening of the tower.
Claim to fame
Visitors can discover why this building is so iconic in a 72-screen, 180-degree surround-sound theatre that solidifies its place in pop culture, with a montage of 600 clips from adverts, films, TV shows, comics, and games that feature the building. There’s even a Kong exhibit that brings the iconic movie to life with giant gorilla hands that look to have broken through the building’s walls.
There’s a lot to take in so guests may want to consider a guided tour. Offered as part of the Premium Experience, guests can enjoy a 90-minute tour, VIP priority access throughout their visit and a complimentary photograph.
A view like no other
The open-air 86th Floor Observatory offers iconic 360-degree panorama views of Manhattan. For the best views in town, guests can upgrade their tickets to include admittance onto the 102nd Floor Observatory. Uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling views allow guests to see up to 80 miles and over six states on a clear day: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Massachusetts.