A city within a city and a National Historic Landmark, this is the largest privately owned complex in the world. Begun in the 1930s, it was the first commercial project to integrate gardens, dining, and shopping with office space. Rockefeller Center is the hub of midtown New York, alive with activity day and night. The number of buildings has grown to 19, though the newer buildings do not match the Art Deco elegance of the original 14 structures. Over 100 works of art lie within the complex, including a major mural in each building. Still growing, this site contains one of the most outstanding public art collections in America.

NBC Studios

  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza

  • 212 664 7174

  • tours: Open 8:30am–4:30pm Mon–Fri, 9:30am– 5:30pm Sat, 9:30am–4:30pm Sun

  • admission charge

  • reservations advised

Today Show

  • Rockefeller Plaza at 49th St

  • open 7–9am Mon–Fri

Top of the Rock

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The legendary philanthropist and multimillionnaire, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874–1960) was son and heir to Ohio oil magnate John Davison Rockefeller’s fortunes and took over the family oil business in 1911. Rockefeller, or John D., as he was known, strongly believed his inheritance should be used for the public good. Among his philanthropic donations were contributions to the building funds of the United Nations Headquarters, the Cloisters, and the Riverside Church.

Rockefeller Center Plan

Starting on 5th Ave, walk through the Channel Gardens to the Sunken Garden.

Pick up a self-guided tour leaflet from the lobby of the G.E. Building while looking at the Sert Murals.

For stunning, 360-degree views of Manhattan, visit the Top of the Rock observation deck on the 67th–70th floors.

Top 10 Exhibits
  1. Channel Gardens

    Named after the English Channel because they separate the French and British buildings, the gardens change with the calendar and are lined with glowing angels at Christmas. The six fountainhead figures are by René Chambellan.

  2. Sunken Garden

    A skating rink in winter and leafy outdoor café in summer, the Sunken Garden is a bright spot year round. It is surrounded by colorful flags that represent the members of the United Nations.

  3. Prometheus Statue

    An 18-ft (5.5-m) gold-leafed bronze statue by Paul Manship presides over the Sunken Garden. The pedestal represents Earth and the circle containing the signs of the zodiac represents the heavens.

  4. Atlas Statue

    Sculpted by Lee Lawrie, this 14,000-lb (6,350-kg), 15-ft (4.5-m) figure is perched on a 9-ft (3-m) pedestal. One of 15 works by Lawrie at the Center, it stands at the entrance to the International Building.

  5. G.E. Building

    The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is a slim, 70-story limestone tower. The design features gradual setbacks as the building rises to ensure that no office is more than 27 ft (8 m) from a window.

  6. NBC Studios

    Backstage tours of a major television network’s studios are popular. Visitors can now buy tickets online or write ahead for shows ; tickets may also be available in the lobby of the G.E. building.

  7. Today Show Studio

    This morning TV show can be viewed live every weekday morning from the sidewalk in front of the studio. A camera often films the fans watching the show.

  8. Shopping Concourse

    A variety of stores are found in the underground concourse, also known as the catacombs, of the G.E. Building, including a branch of the Metropolitan Museum shop.

  9. Radio City Music Hall

    Tours of this Art Deco masterpiece and former movie palace are a chance to admire the decor, the stage, and the legendary Wurlitzer organ.

  10. Top of the Rock

    Here visitors are treated to breathtaking, unobstructed views – and even space to move about – on the observation deck’s three levels.

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