Historic Manhattan art museum plans to offer NFTs

Museum of the City of New York plans to sell downloadable collectibles, NFTs and application tokens.
August 24, 2022 - Cynthia Chung

The Museum of the City of New York has filed several Web3-related patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO) on August 10.


The Manhattan-based history and art museum, founded by Henry Collins Brown in 1923, plans to offer downloadable cryptocurrency collectibles, NFTs and application tokens. 


It has six curatorial departments that focus on theater, photography, decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, and costumes. The museum also features collections and exhibits that explore the history, culture, and economic significance of the Big Apple.


When the pandemic struck, museums found themselves losing their visitors as they were forced to shut their doors to comply with social distancing measures. These hard times inspired some museums to explore Web3 and NFTs to engage with their audiences.

Just before Valentine’s Day this year, the Venetian Belvedere museum launched an NFT drop of Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting ‘The Kiss’.


In April this year, the Vatican announced it has partnered with Web3 company Sensorium to bring some of its invaluable frescoes, paintings and sculptures to the Metaverse via its Metaverse museum. Reports say visitors will be able to view the artwork through virtual reality headsets.   

In May, Dubai’s Museum of the Future partnered with Binance NFT to launch a series of NFT collections, beginning with ‘The Most Beautiful NFTs in the Metaverse.’


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