The mission of The Theatre Museum is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the legacy of theatre, including Broadway theatre.
The Museum grows out of the legacy of The Broadway Theatre Institute. Since 1986, BTI has developed programming that fosters the perpetual appreciation of Theatre in New York through initiatives in cultural preservation and theatre arts and education. The BTI projects have included school base education programs, workshops for both amateurs and professionals, staged new script readings, historical exhibits, seminars and lectures,and walking tours of the theatre district. These programs have served more than 100,000 children and adults within the New York City area. The Creation of The Theatre Museum was the next step in the organization's evolution.
The New York State Department of Education has granted a provisional charter to the founders of The Theatre Museum, which has been designated as an IRS 501 (c) 3 not for profit education corporation. The Broadway Theatre Institute is being merged into The Theatre Museum.
Why Establish The Theatre Museum?
Until now, there has been no charted, non profit museum in the state of New York solely dedicated to the history of theatre. The Theatre Museum is established as an educational corporation celebrating the unique and expansive role that the theatre plays in defining and reflecting our culture. We are confident that New York City as well as the entire nation will benefit from this museum dedicated to discovering theatre's past by showcasing its present, and exploring its future.