Free Architecture Tours of NY Buildings During Archtober

Free Architecture Tours of NY Buildings During Archtober

In the design world, October is Archtober, or Design and Architecture Month, in New York City. Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the sixth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.  For 31 days, the entire city opens its doors for design tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character. More than 50 organizations are participating this year, including the Museum of Arts and Design, Queens Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. For more information, visit



Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up an Archtober guide?

For guides and program information, visit the Archtober Lounge at the Center for Architecture. Archtober guides will also be distributed at all participating organizations and preferred hotels.


Does every “Building of the Day” have a daily tour?

Check the AIANY calendar or the Building of the Day tab for tour details and ticketing. Visit the cultureNOW website for daily building features and podcasts.


How can I list my program on the Archtober calendar?

Contact for information about becoming a participating organization.


How much does it cost to attend Archtober programs and exhibitions?

Entrance to the Center for Architecture’s Archtober Lounge and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Other program and exhibition entrance costs vary. Check the websites of participating organizations for ticket information. All events are listed in our Calendar tab.


Is there a pass for special entrance to Archtober activities?

There is currently no pass for Archtober admission to multiple events.




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