Museum Sketches by  Olafur Eliasson , 2015

Museum Sketches by Olafur Eliasson, 2015


Climate change is the challenge of our time. 


We need an informed, confident, and motivated public to drive sustainable progress. And we need a place where people can come together to learn, connect, and be inspired.

The Climate Museum in New York City will be that place. It will serve as a beacon for the optimism, creativity, and ambition needed to address this urgent challenge so critical to each and all of us.

Our mission, adopted by our Founding Board of Trustees in January 2016:

To employ the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement.

Why a Museum

Museums spark interest and critical thinking.

They deepen empathy and change attitudes and behaviors. Museums bring people together and generate dialogue and action. They create memorable lived experiences, making complex, distant subjects clear and tangible.

Remarkably popular and transformative, science and technolo museums captivate us in uniquely powerful ways, stimulating our natural curiosity about the world around us. American museumgoers are interested in learning more about climate change, but climate has been programmatically underrepresented in existing museums.

Welcoming people of all awareness levels, the Climate Museum will sere a large audience, including those interested in climate change but not yet fully informed or actively engaged. The Museum’s programming will be responsive to the spectrum of emotions many if not most of us feel

about climate change—from helplessness to hope. inally, the Museum will mobilize the encouragingly broad support for climate action that already exists. By focusing on solutions and collective eort, the Climate Museum will shift the conversation toward reasoned optimism and real transformation.

An immersive civic center, the Climate Museum will broaden the climate-engaged public by creating a unique space for trust, learning, inspiration, and participation—where we can come together to face climate challenges head-on, share solutions, and commit to change.



The Climate Museum’s exhibits and programs reflect our priorities.



Leaders from many fields—scientists and artists, financial innovators and conservation leaders, designers and social justice advocates—will guide our exhibits and programs.
Our Team is growing all the time.



The Museum will be a center for pathways forward. While telling the truth about the climate crisis, our content will inspire new stakeholders with solutions in existence and those yet to come.



Accessible and dynamic, extending past its own walls, the Museum will build on the diversity of its visitors to increase community participation in the national and global conversation


We're On Our Way

  • MARCH 2014

    Launch of CM Initiative

  • JULY 2015

    NY State Grants CM Official Charter

  • FEBRUARY 2016

    CM Receives 501(c)(3) Non-profit Status

  • SEPTEMBER 2016

    Exhibitions & Programs Publicly Announced

  • FALL 2017

    Launch of First Exhibitions & Programs

  • Interim Museum Space

  • Permanent Home


Our interim space will lead to a campaign for the Museum’s permanent home: a transit-accessible, sustainable, inspiring, and tourist-friendly museum in New York City, international climate leader and museum capital. The Museum will have the capacity to accommodate one million visitors per year.

We are very excited to launch our first programming, starting in the fall of 2017, to build awareness as we establish an interim museum space for ongoing exhibitions and projects.

We have a powerful vision and we’re on a clear path. Join us as we continue to build momentum.

From Our Founder


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