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Plaza at 50 exhibition graphic

Empire State Plaza at 50

June 1, 2015 to January 17, 2016
Museum Lobby

In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Marketed at the time as a “Design for the Future,” the Plaza exists today as an icon of 20th century Modernist architecture. This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Empire State Plaza and tells the story of how the center of New York’s capital city became a public space where government, culture, and community converge