Museum Tower – 15 West 53rd Street

Museum Tower is a luxury apartment rental building located in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan. Museum Tower was completed in 1983 and designed by Cesar Pelli as part of a redesigned Museum of Modern Art complex. The 52 story tower includes six floors of museum activities and 240 apartments.The lobby of Museum Tower is home to six permanent art pieces, including work by Picasso and David Hockney. Museum Tower offers both rentals and condominiums, all of which enjoy the prestige that comes with living in the same place as movie star Nicholas Cage, who inhabited a top floor condo in the building a few years ago.

Units and Pricing

There are currently four available rental apartments at Museum Tower, all of which are one and two bedrooms. The smallest available unit is a one bedroom with 634 square feet. It is listed at $3,000/month. A much larger one bedroom, with 1,187 square feet, is listed at $4,950/month. Two bedroom apartments boast 2,250 square feet and are listed at a staggering $15,000/month. The average price per square foot at  Museum Tower is $68.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at Museum Tower feature floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, high ceiling, self-controlled heating and AC, spacious closets, stackable washer/dryer units and walk-out terraces. Kitchens are renovated and baths are done in marble. Residents enjoy a slew of amenities, from a 24-hour attended lobby and 24-hour concierge, a doorman, full-service garage and hotel service to laundry service, valet service, and video security. The building also features a health club, a bike room, a business/meeting room, a garden, private storage, a rooftop terrace and a sauna.


Museum Tower boasts the exquisite location of being part of the MoMA, one of the most famous museums in the world. The building sits in the heart of Midtown on 53rd Street, offering a world of amenities at the drop of a hat. It’s also just a few blocks from Central Park, Penn Station, Port Authority and a bevy of subway lines. Anywhere you need to go, anything you want to do – Museum Tower’s location allows you to go there and do it, quickly and easily.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

For starters, there’s the perk of sharing a home with a superstar like Nicholas Cage, who inhabited one of the building’s condominium units for years. Or, if you’re an art fanatic, there’s the whole “being attached to MoMA” thing, or the fact that the lobby features original David Hockey and Picasso pieces. The location is great, given the proximity to Midtown office buildings and transportation. 53rd Street itself is absolutely nothing special – but what surrounds it is. For a Midtown apartment, it doesn’t get much better than this.