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151 Mulberry Street
New York City

Summer 2024

A New Home

in the Heart of Little Italy

The new Italian American Museum (IAM) will serve as a cultural hub and community nexus for Italian Americans and the Little Italy neighborhood. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, robust educational and cultural programming, and collaborations with the community, the IAM will become the preeminent center for learning about and engaging with Italian as a platform for sharing Italian American voices and celebrating Italian American achievements, the IAM will be interesting to both Italian Americans and non-Italian Americans, bringing Italian American culture and heritage to younger generations and a wide range of new audiences.

The Italian American Museum preserves, promotes, and celebrates the culture and history of Italian Americans, serving as living record of their contributions to America and a bridge between the remarkable past and the evolving future of the community.

By allowing Italian Americans to share their story in their voice, the Italian American Museum will encourage a full appreciation of what it means to be Italian American.


Progress Photos

Little Italy Walking Tour


Now Offering:

Italian American Museum Amici Walking Tour

Individuals and families

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (weather permitting)

Schools and Groups

Weekdays by Appointment

To sign up or for more info, please email:


For all other inquiries including media, please email:


Renowned for its important place in American history, Little Italy in Manhattan is one of New York’s most iconic and intriguing neighborhoods, once the largest Italian American social enclave in the nation at the turn of the 19th century

On this tour you will learn about the exciting history of the neighborhood, once the largest Italian American social enclave in the nation at the turn of the 19th century. The treasures of Little Italy include the original site of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the Church of Most Precious Blood, beloved businesses kept in families for generations, and even the home of Italian American hero, NYPD Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino.

Church of the Most Precious Blood (Little Italy, New York City)

Building Update

Annual Appeal 2024

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to announce that the Italian American Museum will be reopening in Spring 2024 and that our first exhibition will be our “Manteo Puppet Collection”.  The Manteo Puppet Theater was previously located at 109 Mulberry Street in the early 1900’s.  We were given 32 of these puppets by Michael Manteo, the son of the Theater’s founder, Agrippino Manteo, which we promised that we would bring back to Mulberry Street.

Pictured (left to right): Gano and Rinaldo, two of the 32 Sicilian puppets that are part of the Museum's Manteo collection. Fabricated by "Papa" Agrippino Manteo, circa 1923.

We have been in contact with a Sicilian Puppet Theater Company in Catania, “Fratelli Napoli” and are looking to bring them to the Museum for several live performances. This unique art form can only be seen in Sicily and we want to bring it to you at our Museum so you can experience it yourselves.

At this time, we would like to invite you to take a Walking Tour of Little Italy. The tour is conducted by our Head of Education, Marie Palladino

Pictured: Inaugural Amici Walking Tour group in front of E. Rossi & Co. The store, currently located at 193 Grand Street, Little Italy, NY, was opened by Ernesto Rossi in 1910.

Of course, all of this would not have been possible without your support so we ask you now at this time of our Annual Appeal to be as generous as possible.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday season.


Uff. Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa

Save the Date

Made possible through Alfa Romeo of Westbury / In order to claim the grand raffle prize, the winner must be present at the time of drawing

Our Story

From Columbus to Cuomo

From our beginnings in Little Italy

The IAM is located on Mulberry Street in the heart of what was once the largest Italian community in the United States in the first quarter of the 20th century.

We became aware of the need for our own Museum in 1999, with the launch of the first major exhibition on Italians in America at the New York Historical Society, “The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement”. The exhibit was a great success and we realized that in order to be part of the cultural dialogue in America, we needed our own Museum. So in 2001, we were chartered in New York State as the first Italian Museum in America. In our Museum, we seek to tell our whole story from Columbus to Cuomo and everything in between, our struggles and our accomplishments through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. It has not always been easy but we have much to be proud of, for our contributions to American society are enormous. Now we will have a secular cathedral for all to see, experience and appreciate where we came from and what we have achieved.

Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa
Founder and President
Italian American Museum

Our Future

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Click on the image above to view Vision Book for the new Italian American Museum


Saying Thank You the Right Way is a Priority

Remembering our past by supporting our future

Support the Italian American Museum and choose to make a difference by sustaining a rich visual arts and cultural heritage for future generations. Donors impact the museum in different ways either through immediate or planned gifts. The Italian American Museum is grateful for all levels of support — big or small. The future holds many opportunities for the Italian American Museum to provide enhanced programming, increased access, deeper understanding and broader community engagement. Through our ongoing commitment to create new experiences that challenge and inspire, we are pleased to offer a variety of ways donors and members can be involved.

Donors to the Italian American Museum are more than just supporters. They are a community of believers in the power of art and cultural heritage to help interpret and shape the world. While there are many ways to say thank you to such visionaries, the most meaningful is often a reflection of the donors themselves. That’s why the Italian American Museum’s gift recognition is highly personalized and tailored to the individual wishes of donors.


Members receive a 10% discount on all in-house Italian American Museum events.


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