The Woolworth Building Lobby Is Now Open for Tours

It was just two days ago that I was reminiscing about my tour of the Woolworth Building lobby during its centennial celebrations. Then, yesterday, this fantastic news came in from Helen Curry, chair of the Woolworth Week festivities and the owner of Look Event Planners:

Look Event Planners has been able to arrange with the management of the Woolworth Building for on-going public access to the Lobby on a limited basis by pre-registration only. Access will be at lunchtime on Tuesdays and early evenings on Thursdays beginning Tuesday, July 9. Go to for further information and to purchase tickets [$10].

The specific times are 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. (No walks in will be allowed.) You only get 15 minutes, and while you might like longer, it’s enough to savor the opulence. Groups will be no more than 15 people, and kids under 10 aren’t allowed.

If you’ve never been in there, go!



  1. I also went during Woolworth week and just getting to look around is definitely worth the $10 price of admission. It’d be nice if they posted some reading materials or printed a guide so that you’d know what you’re looking at / what to look for as it’d be a little overwhelming without the guide’s commentary.

  2. A knowledgeable representative from the Woolworth Building management will host each of the Lobby Access opportunities and will guide the group around the lobby, answer questions, and point out significant features of the space. Longer, more scholarly tours are being planned as well and will be announced on the website as soon as possible. Customized tours for specific groups can also be designed by special arrangement. Please call 203 966-9663 for details.

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I took the tour yesterday. (And I caught a quick glimpse of Helen Curry as the first tour was wrapping up, so special thanks to her, if she’s reading along). The tour was great, totally interesting and the guild, Alissa (I may have spelled her name wrong) was really good. The only thing I could wish for would be more tours since everything that she told us about the building’s other areas made me itch to see it. The Skyscraper Museum still has its Woolworth Building exhibit up, which sounds like a great companion visit.