Founded in 2000, the Onassis Cultural Center NY explores Hellenic culture, from antiquity to today, through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, events and online engagement. Located in midtown Manhattan, in Olympic Tower, the newly renovated creative space offers experiences that inspire and support the interaction between audiences and artists and thinkers in all cultural fields from visual arts, dance, film, literature, music and theater to the humanities. Programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families and novices —are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.
The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the Onassis Cultural Center are located in Olympic Tower in the heart of midtown Manhattan, at 645 Fifth Avenue, entrances on 51st and 52nd Streets, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.
Onassis Cultural Center
Entrances on 51st or 52nd Streets between
Madison and Fifth Avenues.
#6 train to 51st Street and Lexington Avenue; the E train to 5th Avenue / 53rd Street; or the B, D, or F trains to 47-50 Street - Rockefeller Center (at 6th Avenue).
The closest parking facilities to the Olympic Tower
345 Park Avenue (Between 51st and 52nd Streets) New York, NY 10154
Central Parking System:
17 E 54th St (Between Madison and Fifth Avenues) New York, NY 10022
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During your Visit
The Parthenon Marble Casts Collection
On display in the Atrium of the Olympic Tower is The Parthenon Marbles Cast Collection of the City College of New York. The collection was acquired in 1852 and was one of the first sets of Parthenon marbles casts to come to the United States. Although not complete, the casts served an important educational function in the C.C.N.Y. art department's studio and art history classes for more than one hundred years. In 1992 they were placed in storage, awaiting necessary restoration.
Contemporary Art at the Atrium
Exhibitions of contemporary art, including photography and architecture, take place in the Olympic Tower Atrium, and also include specially commissioned installations by international artists inspired by Hellenic culture.