Get into an Empire State of Mind, with entrance to the building's second-floor galleries included as part of your ticket. Learn more about the face of the Big Apple, from its inception and construction to its intertwined history with Hollywood – you'll find exhibits devoted to King Kong and the building's other most famous celebrity visitors.
Think of it as a museum for all things Empire State. Try hands-on experiences that'll leave you feeling like you played a hand in constructing the tower, walk through the photography of Lewis Hines (including his iconic image of workmen lunching on a steel beam high above Manhattan), experience opening day in the 1930s, and learn about the pioneering technology of the original elevators.
The Big Apple is always buzzing, but if you can't decide between day or night views from the famous Empire State Building, you can visit twice in one day with this special ticket. Skip the lines at the ticket counter and zoom right up to the observatory in sunlight – and then by moonlight!
The Empire State Building was completed on April 11, 1931, and remains the fifth tallest skyscraper in America. It has survived giant apes (sorta) and stays open 365 days a year from 08.00 am till 02.00 am, so if there's one thing you should check off your NYC must-see list, it's this!
After a short security check, ascend up this triumph of Art Deco and marvel at Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building Observatory. Witness panoramic views of up to six states from the surrounding open-air promenade and climate-controlled viewing galleries.
You'll also get to see the newly renovated Art Deco lobby and its stunning murals. Check out the factual Dare to Dream exhibition, and the Sustainability exhibition. Just watch out for King Kong – you never know when he'll be back.
Empire State Extras
For your own digitally guided tour from the ground floor right up to the top, the Official Empire State Building Guide app is a must-have. Download it for free from the App Store and Google Play.
Hungry up high? The Empire State Building boasts seven eateries. Choose a pre-fixed dinner package at the State Grill and Bar, which also serves local craft beers and cocktails. Starbucks, Chipotle, and Sushi-teria are also close by.
For something different, the Empire Lights'Wich is an Instagram-worthy homemade ice cream sandwich that changes to match the lights each night!
New York and Boston have always been rival cities. Look closely at the lobby mural to find where Massachusetts was intentionally spelled incorrectly!