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Peek Inside the Empire State Building's New Second Floor

The Empire State Building has revealed a new museum, the Observatory Experience. The result of a $165 million investment, this second floor stopover will substitute for what was once time spent waiting on line. The exhibition space features Instagram-ready displays that show visitors the iconic building through the years. (It also provides insight into how the building is used today.) The space is accessible for ticket-holders headed up to the viewing platform on the 86th floor.

All photo credits: Evan Joseph.

Start your experience with a look at the outside of the building during its creation.

Then, check out artifacts from through out the years. These objects are from the 1930s!

Next, view statues and a special video recreating the building process. 

After that, it's time to jump to the present and learn about how the Empire State Building is leading the way with energy efficiency.

Before you go, you'll be transported to every single time New York's most iconic building has been referenced in a movie—animated and foreign films included.

This experience leads to the ultimate King Kong attack. Fun fact: the hands vibrate!

The most famous building in NYC latest exhibit wouldn't be complete without a shout out to all of its famous visitors. Spot celebs like BTS, Mariah Carey, Andy Cohen, and more.

The Empire State Building is open daily between 8am and 2am. Main deck (86th floor) admission: $37-$39 adult; $35-$37 seniors (62+); $31-$33 youth (7-12); children 6 and under are free. Open 7 days, 8am-2am (last elevator at 1:15am).

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