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151 Mulberry Street
New York City

Spring 2024

A New Home

in the Heart of Little Italy

The new Italian American Museum (IAM) will serve as a cultural hub and community nexus for Italian Americans and the Little Italy neighborhood. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, robust educational and cultural programming, and collaborations with the community, the IAM will become the preeminent center for learning about and engaging with Italian as a platform for sharing Italian American voices and celebrating Italian American achievements, the IAM will be interesting to both Italian Americans and non-Italian Americans, bringing Italian American culture and heritage to younger generations and a wide range of new audiences.

The Italian American Museum preserves, promotes, and celebrates the culture and history of Italian Americans, serving as living record of their contributions to America and a bridge between the remarkable past and the evolving future of the community.

By allowing Italian Americans to share their story in their voice, the Italian American Museum will encourage a full appreciation of what it means to be Italian American.


Progress Photos

Little Italy Walking Tour


Now Offering:

Italian American Museum Amici Walking Tour

Individuals and families

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (weather permitting)

Schools and Groups

Weekdays by Appointment

To sign up or for more info, please email:


For all other inquiries including media, please email:


Renowned for its important place in American history, Little Italy in Manhattan is one of New York’s most iconic and intriguing neighborhoods, once the largest Italian American social enclave in the nation at the turn of the 19th century

On this tour you will learn about the exciting history of the neighborhood, once the largest Italian American social enclave in the nation at the turn of the 19th century. The treasures of Little Italy include the original site of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the Church of Most Precious Blood, beloved businesses kept in families for generations, and even the home of Italian American hero, NYPD Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino.

Church of the Most Precious Blood (Little Italy, New York City)
For more information call (718) 931-6935 or send an email to ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

Building Update / Annual Appeal 2022

Dear friends,

We sincerely hope this letter finds you and your family safe and in good health this Holiday Season.

We would like to share some good news with you in that we have completed the infrastructure for the Museum (Electrical, Elevator, HVAC, Bathrooms [5] are all completed) as well as our custom facade designed by Op.Al.

We are now about to start the finishing touches on interior (custom lighting, security system, motion detectors, glass railings, signage, custom mill work for the Museum store, flooring [wood and granite] and audio visual equipment).

All this will be done within the next six months so that we can reopen in the Spring.

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President of the Italian American Museum; Fabrizio Di Michele, Consul General of Italy in New York; Fabio Finotti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York during a visit to the site of the new Italian American Museum, Friday, November 18, 2022.

In the meantime, we have started a walking tour program of Little Italy run by our Head of Education, Marie Palladino.  You can contact her directly at MPalladino.IAM@gmail.com if you would like to have a tour of Little Italy sites.

We do look forward to seeing you at the reopening of the “New” Italian American Museum.

At this time of our Annual Appeal, we ask that you please be as generous as you have been in the past.

Thank you for your continued support of our Italian American Museum.


Uff. Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa

Save the Date

Made possible through Alfa Romeo of Westbury / In order to claim the grand raffle prize, the winner must be present at the time of drawing

Our Story

From Columbus to Cuomo

From our beginnings in Little Italy

The IAM is located on Mulberry Street in the heart of what was once the largest Italian community in the United States in the first quarter of the 20th century.

We became aware of the need for our own Museum in 1999, with the launch of the first major exhibition on Italians in America at the New York Historical Society, “The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement”. The exhibit was a great success and we realized that in order to be part of the cultural dialogue in America, we needed our own Museum. So in 2001, we were chartered in New York State as the first Italian Museum in America. In our Museum, we seek to tell our whole story from Columbus to Cuomo and everything in between, our struggles and our accomplishments through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. It has not always been easy but we have much to be proud of, for our contributions to American society are enormous. Now we will have a secular cathedral for all to see, experience and appreciate where we came from and what we have achieved.

Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa
Founder and President
Italian American Museum

Our Future

Invest in the Italian American Museum

Click on the image above to view Vision Book for the new Italian American Museum


Saying Thank You the Right Way is a Priority

Remembering our past by supporting our future

Support the Italian American Museum and choose to make a difference by sustaining a rich visual arts and cultural heritage for future generations. Donors impact the museum in different ways either through immediate or planned gifts. The Italian American Museum is grateful for all levels of support — big or small. The future holds many opportunities for the Italian American Museum to provide enhanced programming, increased access, deeper understanding and broader community engagement. Through our ongoing commitment to create new experiences that challenge and inspire, we are pleased to offer a variety of ways donors and members can be involved.

Donors to the Italian American Museum are more than just supporters. They are a community of believers in the power of art and cultural heritage to help interpret and shape the world. While there are many ways to say thank you to such visionaries, the most meaningful is often a reflection of the donors themselves. That’s why the Italian American Museum’s gift recognition is highly personalized and tailored to the individual wishes of donors.


Members receive a 10% discount on all in-house Italian American Museum events.


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