When it first opened in 1853, the exhibition was the country’s first opportunity to showcase its technological and artistic achievements alongside an impressive collection of works from around the world. Owing to the breadth and complexity of the materials gathered, guidebooks became a popular and necessary companion for the locals and tourists who flocked to witness the Palace’s many wonders. This interactive, which is modeled after a period illustrated newspaper, is a reimagining of those guidebooks and will provide you with information about the Crystal Palace, the Latting Observatory, and many other attractions around New York City during the mid-nineteenth century. Explore each of the images throughout to learn more. We hope you enjoy your visit.
From its glorious dome to its dramatic steel and glass exterior, The New York Crystal Palace building is as much a marvel as the exhibits within its halls. Explore the detailed lithograph by Nathaniel Currier to learn more about the many features of this edifice and the inspirations behind its design.