Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building surrounded by skyscrapers in New York City
Chrysler Building surrounded by skyscrapers in New York City

Chrysler Building Tours and Tickets

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One of New York City's most recognizable and distinct skyscrapers, the Chrysler Building is considered a masterpiece of art deco architecture designed by architect William Van Alen. The tallest building in the world when it debuted in 1930 at 1,046 feet tall (319 meters), it was soon surpassed by the Empire State Building. Today, however, the Chrysler Building remains the world's loftiest brick building.

  • 405 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, 10174

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Q:Can you tour Chrysler Building?
A:Unlike other famous skyscrapers—like the Empire Building—the Chrysler Building doesn’t have an observation deck, although there are plans to open one. Many guided tours of Manhattan include a quick stop inside this architectural landmark, but you don't need a tour to visit the lobby, which is free to the public.
Q:What do you see on a Chrysler Building tour?
A:There's no designated tour of the Chrysler Building, but its lobby is a stop on many New York City itineraries. Architecture buffs will appreciate a small-group Midtown tour that covers celebrated art deco landmarks including the Chanin Building and Grand Central Terminal and also visits the Chrysler Building's lobby murals.
Q:Should you book Chrysler Building tours in advance?
A:Yes. If you want to book a tour that includes a visit to the lobby of the Chrysler Building (or its exterior), then you’ll want to reserve it in advance. Options include everything from small-group walking tours to nighttime bus tours; you can even catch views of it by yacht or helicopter.
Q:Is there parking at the Chrysler Building?
A:No, there is no parking at the Chrysler Building itself, but there are plenty of paid garages nearby. Expect to pay at least US$30 for several hours. You can also try street parking, but spaces are rare in Midtown. Subway lines, train lines, and buses stop nearby.
Q:What is the best time to visit the Chrysler Building?
A:The lobby of the Chrysler Building is open weekdays 8am–6pm, except for federal holidays. There are no tickets to enter; just walk right in. Until the new Observation Deck opens to the public, only the lobby is accessible to tourists. Still, it’s well worth a look.
Q:Where can I take a picture of the Chrysler Building?
A:Tourists are free to photograph the Chrysler Building's lobby. If it’s the building's exterior you’re interested in, then you’ll find a lot of excellent vantage points within Midtown. A couple of top ones are from the Grand Central-42nd Street station entrance (with the tip of the Chrysler showing) and from Tudor City.