Located in the New York City Building, the historic pavilion designed for the 1939 World’s Fair, was home of the United Nations General Assembly between 1946 and 1950, and converted into Queens Museum of Art in 1972. In 2009 the museum embarked on a $69 million expansion project, led by Grimshaw Architects which was originally slated to be completed in October 2013. The Queens Museum has focused on outreach and access for a wide range of audiences, and is known for international contemporary art exhibitions that reflect the cultural diversity of the borough. Among its permanent exhibitions, the museum is home for the Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs built for the 1964 New York World's Fair, and updated until today.
The building expansion continued until 2015, when the new branding identity, signage system and environmental graphics were announced to the public.