Poster House

Poster House museum/shop/cafe Poster House is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters. Through exhibitions, events, and publications, Poster House presents a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s, to their present-day use.

Poster House takes its mission from the medium, aiming to engage and educate all audiences as we investigate this large format graphic design and its public impact. Posters explore: mass communication and persuasion the intersection of art and commerce control of the public domain For a poster to succeed, it must communicate. By combining the power of images and words, posters speak to audiences quickly and persuasively. Blending design, advertising, and art, posters clearly reflect the place and time in which they were made. Through them, Poster House explores everything from avant-garde design, to changing societal norms, and all the fads and fashions over the last 160 years. Poster House was founded in 2015 with an eye towards filling a long-acknowledged gap in the New York cultural landscape. While there are several poster museums around the world, New York, with its long relationship with advertising and design, did not have such a dedicated public institution. After several years of planning and construction, Poster House opened its doors on June 20, 2019. Poster House is a member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association.

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Poster House is open to the public!You heard that right—the wait is finally over! Visit us and see our incredible shows:...
09/04/2020

Poster House is open to the public!

You heard that right—the wait is finally over! Visit us and see our incredible shows: The Sleeping Giant and The Swiss Grid, browse the Shop, order to-go drinks in our Café, and reacquaint yourself with the country's only museum dedicated to posters.

We are reopening with new, reduced hours, from 11am–7pm, Thursday–Sunday. Please see our updated online ticketing platform for timed admissions. We have also implemented a suggested donation admissions system, which we are offering through October 4.

Our staff has been trained on proper PPE usage and state health guidelines, and is excited to safely welcome you back to our space.

Illustration by Studio Klaas Verplancke - Illustration & Animation

We clearly stan anything John Waters! We love the just-announced 58th New York Film Festival Film at Lincoln Center Post...
09/03/2020

We clearly stan anything John Waters! We love the just-announced 58th New York Film Festival Film at Lincoln Center Poster!

We couldn’t be prouder of our amazing intern Maya Rodgers for creating this fabulous posters for us. Can anyone guess wh...
09/03/2020

We couldn’t be prouder of our amazing intern Maya Rodgers for creating this fabulous posters for us. Can anyone guess where she got her inspiration?

09/03/2020

We are open!

How I Got Here: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
09/03/2020
How I Got Here: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr

How I Got Here: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

Having switched from computing to printmaking at the age of 40, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr has since led a life in letterpress. He talks us through his journey

Poster House is reopening tomorrow! City Guide NY
09/03/2020
Tourism Notes for NYC

Poster House is reopening tomorrow! City Guide NY

As the Times put it yesterday, 'if you’re worried about Covid-19, at this point New York is one of the safest places in America.' Not exactly the fiery hellscape some have suggested this week. Enjoy the long weekend!

Shop this wonderful office collection from Craft Design Technology at Poster House Shop shop.posterhouse.org
09/02/2020

Shop this wonderful office collection from Craft Design Technology at Poster House Shop shop.posterhouse.org

09/01/2020
Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories [Part 4: Aux Epices Closes]

As part of our ongoing #ChinatownStories series with Grace YoungYoung, we are sad to share this video of Aux Epices closing its doors.

This is "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories [Part 4: Aux Epices Closes]" by Poster House on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Poster House's cover photo
09/01/2020

Poster House's cover photo

In the 1960s, some Asian American communities attempted to repurpose the racist term “yellow peril” when fighting for th...
08/31/2020

In the 1960s, some Asian American communities attempted to repurpose the racist term “yellow peril” when fighting for their own civil rights. Japanese activist Richard Aoki is the only known Asian American to hold a high level position within the Black Panther Party (field marshal), and was photographed holding a sign saying “yellow peril supports black power.” This poster was created around the same time, and incorporates the iconic Black Panther logo.

It’s Alois Carigiet’s birthday! 🎁 Shown is his 1930s poster for the PKZ department store 🦊
08/30/2020

It’s Alois Carigiet’s birthday! 🎁 Shown is his 1930s poster for the PKZ department store 🦊

08/30/2020
The Sleeping Giant Virtual Tour with Angelina Lippert

Join our Chief Curator on an introduction to The Sleeping Giant, one of our latest exhibitions, on view now!

This is "The Sleeping Giant Virtual Tour with Angelina Lippert" by Poster House on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

How are you spending your last August weekend? Shown is Penfield’s 1895 poster for Harper’s
08/30/2020

How are you spending your last August weekend? Shown is Penfield’s 1895 poster for Harper’s

08/29/2020

Our final video in the Kennedy Prints series! Tell us what else you want to see.

Our shop carries a vibrant collection of original Chinese Cultural Revolution posters. Check them out online, or come vi...
08/28/2020

Our shop carries a vibrant collection of original Chinese Cultural Revolution posters. Check them out online, or come visit our now open store!

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Typeroom
08/28/2020

Typeroom

“Being open isn’t the whole answer”

With Milton Glaser's I ❤️ NY new installation and a stunning tribute to the Swiss Grid, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art & Poster House welcome visitors back after the coronavirus lockdown.

Reasons to book your tickets online aplenty.

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08/28/2020

A Kennedy Prints poster for Art Rights

Happy Birthday Man Ray! Shown is the only advertising poster he ever created, a 1938 image for the London Underground.
08/27/2020

Happy Birthday Man Ray! Shown is the only advertising poster he ever created, a 1938 image for the London Underground.

Head to posterhouse.org for more info about online ticketing, health and safety precautions, and current exhibitions!
08/27/2020

Head to posterhouse.org for more info about online ticketing, health and safety precautions, and current exhibitions!

08/27/2020

A #Juneteenth poster by Kennedy Prints

Did someone say it’s #nationaldogday 🐕?! Well, we thought we’d share a 1960 propaganda poster featuring two of the most ...
08/26/2020

Did someone say it’s #nationaldogday 🐕?! Well, we thought we’d share a 1960 propaganda poster featuring two of the most famous dogs in history - Belka & Strelka are shown being launched into orbit as the first intergalactic canines! 🚀

Summer School 2020
08/26/2020
Summer School 2020

Summer School 2020

Connect with your artistry and add some remote learning activities to your toolkit during the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s hands-on summer workshop series! Join members of our arts in education community for FREE weekly professional developments focused on digital skills-building, self-care,...

Virtual Talk: The Evolution of Chinese Fashion - China Institute
08/26/2020
Virtual Talk: The Evolution of Chinese Fashion - China Institute

Virtual Talk: The Evolution of Chinese Fashion - China Institute

Join fashion historian Dr. Kyunghee Pyun as she virtually guides guests through the fashions on display in The Sleeping Giant. Using the posters for reference, she will talk about the history of Chinese fashion, the modernization of traditional clothing, and the development of Mao Suits. An excellen...

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that established the National Park Service. Shown is a ...
08/25/2020

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that established the National Park Service. Shown is a poster by Louis Moen for Yellowstone.

08/25/2020

Arts & Books 📚 by Kennedy Prints

Anyone else out there feel they need a break from the heat, like this fellow in a 1960s Savignac poster?
08/24/2020

Anyone else out there feel they need a break from the heat, like this fellow in a 1960s Savignac poster?

"While Poster House Museum Director Julia Knight said the pandemic arrived just as the institution was establishing a fo...
08/24/2020
New York City Museums Ready to Reopen, but Some See Unclear Future

"While Poster House Museum Director Julia Knight said the pandemic arrived just as the institution was establishing a foothold in the city, she was glad to introduce a number of innovative virtual programs this summer. One example: an event showcasing posters from the Art Deco period and encouraging online attendees to enjoy a cocktail from the same era, with recipes provided, while they were viewing from home. Ms. Knight said such programs have resulted in poster lovers signing up for memberships, even if they live well beyond New York.

“We have gotten people to join from Texas,” she said."

from The Wall Street Journal

As New York City’s museums get ready to reopen on various dates starting Monday, many are asking whether the return of loyal patrons will be enough to sustain them through the continuing tourism drought.

08/24/2020

Learn about rainbow rolls in this great poster by Kennedy Prints for Langston Seattle

A gentle reminder that history repeats itself. 😷
08/24/2020

A gentle reminder that history repeats itself. 😷

08/23/2020

A fun mix of typefaces in this Kennedy Prints poster for Tee’s Lounge

Hope you’re off to a relaxing weekend! Shown is Rene Gruau’s 1952 poster.
08/22/2020

Hope you’re off to a relaxing weekend! Shown is Rene Gruau’s 1952 poster.

08/22/2020

A beautiful Kennedy Prints poster for the Arts Alive festival in Mobile, AL.

08/21/2020

A Kennedy Prints poster for the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable

VISIT DANTE'S INFERNO POSTER BY PUSHPIN STUDIOThis poster by Seymour Chwast was published in the 1967 issue of Pushpin m...
08/21/2020

VISIT DANTE'S INFERNO POSTER BY PUSHPIN STUDIO

This poster by Seymour Chwast was published in the 1967 issue of Pushpin magazine. The issue’s theme was faux travel posters, and Visit Dante’s Inferno was included as a folded insert.

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119 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
10011

Opening Hours

Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

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Looking forward to a visit to this new museum
America's very own museum devoted to the art and history of the poster opens June 20. (link: http://posterhouse.org) posterhouse.org (link: https://twitter.com/rudynostalgia/status/1125442173602635776/photo/1) pic.twitter.com/AjvdzITypi
Great poster from NYC’s nightlife heyday
goes with the Missouri Girl Poster below
The figures on this poster are life size. I had found out that it was a poster from a Riverboat show. The big paddlwheel showboats that used to travel the Mississippi River, stopping at towns and putting on shows. Any more info on this? I have researched and found nothing.
I love this French Poster we found. Germaine Kerjain. an actress from the golden age.
So happy to finally own this amazing poster. I have seen a few floating around St. Louis. It's huge. Josephine is almost life size.
hop on it , all you artist!!!
Loved this poster that I saw in Italy so much that I got a print of it that now hangs on my wall. :-) Asti, 2006
GREAT IMAGES !