Is the Museum of Broadway in New York City Worth Visiting

Is the Museum of Broadway worth including in your NYC trip? Today I am sharing my review and if the Museum of Broadway is worth visiting.

Broadway is one of the most popular reasons people plan a trip to New York City. Seeing your favorite performer up on the stage is an incredible experience and can only be found in New York.

The Museum of Broadway is a newer attraction in the big apple that features all things Broadway with immersive experiences and a visual history of Broadway.

We have been wanting to plan a visit ever since it opened and finally had an opportunity on a recent trip.

The Museum of Broadway caters to a serious Broadway fan. If this is you, you will love the museum. If you are interested in the history of Broadway and how it played a part in the growth and development of New York City, this museum is for you.

costumes from phantom of the opera museum of broadway in nyc

NYC is a popular destination in the United States, and with so many things to see and do visitors often have to prioritize where they want to spend their time and money. As a family of five we wondered if visiting the Broadway museum would be worth it for us.

We are pretty big Broadway fans. We love musicals and the excitement of seeing a show on Broadway. If you are visiting with small children and/or not interested in Broadway this may not be a good fit.

Including a visit to Broadway, always enhances our trips to New York City. With our love of all things Broadway we were really excited to check out the Museum of Broadway that recently opened.

What to Expect at the Museum of Broadway NYC

The Museum of Broadway is a self-guided walking tour through three floors of exhibits featuring the history of Broadway. It starts with a short video about the origins of Broadway history and how it ended up in the Times Square area.

It is located in the heart of Times Square on West 45th Street. Within the building there are photo opportunities within set designs, rare costumes to see up close, and it really is a theater lovers dream.

After the video, guests can walk through at their own pace, stop at the photo-ops, read all the informational exhibits, check out the immersive experiences, and ask questions from the museum ambassadors located at numerous spots.

The rooms are one-way to keep the flow of the museum going. If you have mobility issues there is an elevator available.

map of broadway theartres

Single-timed ticket pricing start at $34.00 and there are discounts available for students and seniors. Guests 4 and under are free. Strollers are not allowed inside the exhibits and may be checked at arrival.

A portion of each ticket sales goes towards Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS.

They suggest using the restroom before you start your tour and there is a coat check as well. Guests will enter and exit the museum at the gift shop. Be sure to spend a few minutes checking out the gift shop.

We found merchandise for shows that have closed as well as some unique Broadway themed gifts.

museum of broadway exterior

What Exhibits are at The Museum of Broadway

Guests will start on the third floor and work their way down through the exhibits. The exhibits are in order by a Broadway timeline. Your tour starts with the earliest days of Broadway and finishes with present day Broadway.

If you are not okay with stairs an employee is available to assist you.

The exhibits feature tony award winning musicals as well as the groundbreaking moments that shaped American theatre.

On the third floor you will start in the Playbill room that features current shows. There is a QR code available to purchase tickets for the shows. Then you go to the short film about Broadway in the map room.

playbill room the broadway museum

After that you can tour a series of exhibits at your own pace starting with the timeline of Broadway from 1752-1907, 1907-1927, 1927-1943, 1943-1957, and all the way up to 1975.

Theatre historians will appreciate this area that features the early 1900s and the birth of Broadway.

On the third floor you will see exhibits based on Showboat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Cabaret, and Hair.

There are rare photos of Broadway’s history, interactive photo-ops and original costumes. Some of these shows we were familiar with and some not so much.

hair photo op at broadway museum

Next you walk downstairs to the second floor. The second floor spans 1975 to present day. This covers the musicals we are more familiar with.

There are costumes from The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. A scene from Rent that you can take pictures in. Costumes from Hamilton, Parade, Funny Girl, and Six.

As we started touring this area we were excited to learn more about the musicals we have grown to love! I thought it was really cool they had costumes current and more recent shows.

There was Ben Platt’s suit from Parade and Alex Brightman’s Beetlejuice costume. Seeing the costumes up-close allows you to appreciate the details and creative designs that go into the creation of these costumes.

current musical and broadway costume display at museum of broadway in new york city

The last area to visit is the first floor and it is a behind the scenes of musicals area. It gives more insight into the making of a Broadway show.

It features details on how the technical, writing process, and marketing of musicals happens. We found this area to be very interesting because it is not the things you often see or think about when seeing a show.

There is also a special exhibit area on the first floor. During our visit it was a Chicago exhibit that ran until October 30th. The next special exhibit will be about the musical Six and opens November 6th. Check the latest special exhibition information here.

There was a large photo-op area in this space that was fun to play around in.

chicago exhibit at the museum of broadway

You can spend as little or as much time walking through the exhibits as you like. Most visitors should expect to spend between 1-3 hours.

During our visit their were people reading every detail on the walls and going through at a slow pace. We are a bit quicker and spent around an hour visiting.

We stopped to take photos and read about the musicals that interested us the most. If you want to take photos without people around book the first time slot at museum open and move a bit faster than the rest of the crowd.

We had the place to ourselves for most of our visit and could take a lot of fun photos during our tour.

Is the Museum of Broadway Worth a Visit

The Museum of Broadway is worth a visit for a Broadway fan. It is a fun celebration of musicals and the theater that we enjoyed.

If you are trying to stay on a budget during your trip and are visiting with a family, think about what your kids will like and if this is a good fit for them.

My daughter and I visited but I do not think the museum would be a good fit for the five of us. My younger boys would like it but I don’t think it would be worth the cost for our family.

I would visit again with my husband and daughter but with school aged kids that are not interested in all things Broadway it might be worth skipping.

It is a great addition to things to do in Times Square! If we go again I would plan a Broadway day. Visit the museum and see a show!

The Museum of Broadway experience is a great addition to any Broadway fans New York City trip.

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