New York City — home of the iconic Stonewall rebellion that sparked a global movement towards gay liberation and equality — is opening a new national museum dedicated to telling LGBTQ stories, documenting key moments in the movement towards equality, and inspiring pride. By
The museum is expected to open in 2024, but virtual programming has already begun.
The American LGBTQ museum will eventually be housed in an expansion to the New York Historical City, which opened in 1804 and is New York City’s oldest museum. In the meantime, stories of the LGBTQ community will be told through events and through two galleries at the New York Historical Society.
Several educational programmes also are in the works.
Plans for The American LGBTQ+ Museum began coming together in 2017. In the time since organisers have surveyed 3,200 LGBTQ+ people across the US to inform the museum’s creation. The diverse group of those consulted included academics, activists, social service providers, and more than 144 LGBTQ+ New Yorkers from all five of the boroughs.
“The respect and rigour with which New York Historical has approached this process, including their consultation with local communities, mirrors our own commitment to building a thoughtful, welcoming, queer, and inclusive experience for our visitors and partners,” Richard Burns, chair of the museum’s board of directors, said in a statement.
The museum is the first major museum to focus broadly on LGBTQ+ history, culture, and identity in New York.