Public Programs

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Update

Tours of City Hall and the Public Design Commission Archive have been cancelled until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you to City Hall and the Archive at a future date.

Fifth grade students from P.S. 165 in Manhattan tour City Hall
Fifth grade students from P.S. 165 in Manhattan tour City Hall. Photograph by Ed Reed, Mayoral Photography Office, December 16, 2014.

Since it was founded as the Art Commission by the 1898 City Charter, the Public Design Commission has been located within City Hall and has exercised curatorial advisory supervision over all works of art belonging to the City of New York. With its unique position and mandate, the Commission closely manages City Hall’s collection of artworks, antiques, and decorative objects. The Commission also organizes regular tours to highlight the building's architectural history, function, and unique historic collection.

In addition, the Commission collaborates with other organizations to present public programs that promote the role of design within the City’s priority initiatives.