An Epic NYC Innovative Museum Inspiring Students and Educators
RiseNY in Midtown Manhattan advocates for student groups providing immersive galleries and a visceral theme-park-worthy ride
Located just blocks from Times Square in bustling Midtown Manhattan, RiseNY is a new innovative museum attraction offering students and educators a literal elevated experience. This three-part cultural adventure full of history includes a documentary film, self-guided galleries, and an unprecedented visceral soaring attraction to kick off your New York City tour.
Ten years ago, RiseNY CEO James Sanna visited Soarin’ Around the World at Disney. The thrilling experience gave him a brilliant idea- New York City deserved an attraction to highlight its rise to fame as well. One that took visitors above the city for an epic birds-eye view for an experiential journey like no other.
Peter Waugh is the Director of Sales at RiseNY and explains the attractions skyrocketing success from its humble beginnings.
“Our team painstakingly thought about how to tell the story of the city, developed relationships with our partners, and then went through the process of making a dream into reality. The producing team set to work partnering with existing NYC museums and cultural curators to write the story of New York over time.”
He goes on to say that “With these amazing partners, we were able to write a love letter to New York that puts all of the most fascinating and exciting elements of NYC in one place!”
A Three-Part Out-of-this-World Experience
Youth groups start with a City Hall-themed eight-minute immersive film by award-winning documentarian Ric Burns detailing the history of New York City and Times Square. Once the movie is over, groups are set free to discover the second part of their experience through the immersive gallery exhibits.
RiseNY has seven museum-style galleries for students and teachers to explore at leisure, each specializing in an important NYC attribute. According to Peter, these galleries also “trace tipping points in history that contributed to NYC’s pop culture evolution into a global icon.” Each gallery has a map of the city pinpointing sites that are featured in the space to assist in the next part of your NYC tour.
Peter suggests that when you begin your adventure at RiseNY, take notes of the places featured throughout the film, exhibits and galleries. Use the museum as a jumping-off point to learn about sites especially of interest to your educational group before heading out into the Big Apple.
Students and educators are encouraged to explore the self-guided galleries after the short film and take everything in at their own pace. There’s a lot of information, historical artifacts, photographs, stories and more to discover that could easily take a couple of hours to admire. Let your curiosity get the better of you and get lost in an engaging exploration.
Peter explains, “Students can discover the rise of Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange in the Finance Gallery. Learn the history of Tesla’s Coil and its influence on the rise of mass media in the TV/Radio Gallery.”
For youth groups interested in specific industry trades, he touts “visual, language, and performing arts come to life in the Fashion, Music, Film, and Broadway galleries.”
The third and final part of the experience and perhaps the most talked about aspect of the museum is the “Flying Theater,” a one-of-a-kind simulation attraction offering guests a “theme park quality ride.” While suspended 30 feet in the air, fly across all five boroughs, complete with mist sprayers and tipping seats. The 40-foot-high, 180-degree projection dome gives you spectacular 8K aerial footage of the magnificent city below.
According to Peter, students can “virtually soar over the city to experience the iconic sights, sounds, and even smells (the good ones) of NYC. Soar past the Statue of Liberty, fly over Yankee Stadium, smell the fresh cut grass in Central Park, and ring in the New Year in Times Square.”
Regarding areas at the museum for choir groups or bands, Peter admits, “At the moment, we do not have the space to support performance groups in a traditional sense.”
However, he goes on to assure that “We are exploring options that might be able to accommodate smaller, chamber-sized ensembles.”
Student Age Group & Curriculum
Information linked to the curriculum is molded around the NYC DOE curriculum with a unit focused on the city’s history.
Peter explains that “At the moment, our educational materials are directed at elementary school-aged children, but we are working to expand them over time.”
With a soft opening in December 2021 and an official opening ceremony to the public held in March 2022, RiseNY has nowhere to go from here but up. It’s safe to assume this unique museum attraction will be working to include more student-oriented and curriculum-based formats in the future.
Group Admission Policies
Group rates start at $19 for students with an offer of one comped per 20 paid. It’s recommended that anyone interested should call as soon as possible to reserve a spot for their group (no deposit required). Payment is due two weeks prior to the date of your visit. Checks and credit cards are accepted forms of payment.
RiseNY is located at 160 W 45th Street in Midtown Manhattan. For more information about youth group trip reservations, please visit www.riseny.co/groups for help planning your New York City student excursion.