Dare to Dream

Chronicling the Planning and Construction of the World’s Most Famous Building

This exhibit is located on the 80th floor before your final elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory.

The story of the Empire State Building is the story of the American dream. Our Dare to Dream exhibit captures the building’s history, engineering and construction. Curated by and with content from the New York The Skyscraper Museum's archives, Dare To Dream pays tribute to the pioneering work of the architects, builders, and laborers of the day.

Exploring Dare To Dream, you’ll find original documents including period photographs, architectural sketches, construction notes, and daily bookkeeping documents, as well as reproductions of photos and mementos from the more than 3,400 workers who helped create history.