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Museum of the City of New York

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Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029
Phone Number: 212-534-1672
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Description: Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that...
Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that illustrate Manhattan's history.
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a museum that's about the city of New York

This is an interesting museum that gives you a mix of historical facts about NYC from colonial times to present day. It's fairly small and easily seen in 1-2 hours. We saw the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Everything about this museum made me happy. Make sure you watch their 22 min video on the history of New York as it really captures the foresight and brilliance of the early city leaders and planners. Also try and see the brilliantly presented "Activist New York" exhibit which covers all the major social justice movements as they were experienced in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is an interesting museum that gives you a mix of historical facts about NYC from colonial times to present day. It's fairly small and easily seen in 1-2 hours. We saw the Paul Rand exhibition which was really interesting and there were other exhibits well worth seeing. This museum probably gets overshadowed by the other big museums but I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited in late Feb. 2015. This small museum offers an interesting mixture of arts, historical artifacts, artistic endeavors and movements related to the New York City. If you have already visited other major museums in the city and are looking for something different, this one is a good choice. Here are some of what we saw: The “Gilded New York”... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I wanted to go somewhere that would explain the history of NYC, and help me understand how a small settlement grew into the most famous city in the world. This museum gave me exactly what I went there for, and had entertaining exhibits. The room dedicated to social movements in the city was my favorite. Overall a great attraction!

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Bellevue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was recently on vacation here, and a good friend suggested we go here. I was never here before, and I was curious as to what was on exhibit here... I liked the fact that the museum was easy to reach by NYC excellent public transportation, and that there is a wheelchair-accessible entrance and elevators... the exhibits were quite impressive...... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

this museum is up near Harlem but is nice to walk to through Central Park. It offers an unusual perspective on the history. For example, there is a section showing Jewish films from the 30's promoting New York to the people of Poland. Another section looks at New York history through the various protest movements. There is a nice photography... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

They have a nice children section but my favorite is bird observation and black matters photograph gallery

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The Museum of the City of New York is a little gem located at 103 Street and Fifth Avenue. The exhibits are wonderful, and even the stairwells have quotes from people dating from 1700's to the present about what New York is to them. The quotes and opinions about New York are really great - since most opinions have stayed... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The museum is much smaller than I expected and I thought we'd see some more general history about the City of New York, however there was a fantastic exhibit of activism in the city, and ALL types of activism, from slavery and women's voting all the way to other end of the spectrum of the rights of bike riders on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

You won't be dissapointed but make sure to get your expectations right. The museum is not really big and currently 3 out of the 9 wings are under construction. There is a gallery about jewelery in New York, a wing with photographs and a exposure of the freedom of speech in New York. THe best thing was the 20 minutes... More 

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