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Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029 (Harlem)
212-534-1672
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Ranked #228 of 859 Attractions in New York City
Type: History Museums, Museums
Description: Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that illustrate Manhattan's history.
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Maine/New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

There is always a great exhibit going on here. Admission is by suggested donation. There is a small gift shop. You can do the whole place in about two to three hours. I just loved the present exhibit on Mac Connor. Bring your phone to access the audio. There are plenty of restrooms.

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australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our expectations of the Museum of the City of New York was disappointing. We expected to see information and exhibits about the building and growth of New York but there as little of this. There was an interesting video presentation but limited seats and some people had a seat for their handbag! The doll house was good.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I went to see the exhibit, "Mac Conner: A New York Life", which had been reviewed positively in the Wall Street Journal on 9/11/2014. The exhibit was very enjoyable with good explanations of the artist's work as one of the original "Mad Men" commercial artists, who illustrated for magazines in the 1950's as well as for commercial products, and later... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Having done our homework, this was on our list on our first day in New York coupled with the Open Top Uptown loop. It was also the end or beginning (whichever way you look at it) of the museum mile. It is situated in one of the nicer buildings in New York opposite Central Park. Inside there are two restroom... More

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London England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We visited the museum because as the title states "museum of the city of New York" we assumed it would have actual history and information regarding the city and it's life but it had none of this. Instead it was a series of temporary exhibitions and collections of art which told you nothing about the city itself. We felt that... More

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Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you have an afternoon and want to learn about the history of New York City, this is a "must" stop! The displays are fabulous and incredibly educational about the culture of the city over several centuries. The various art offerings are worthy of a stop but there is so much more to enjoy! The video in the quiet, dark... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited because my husband wanted to know more about where I grew up. Loved it and as a native of Brooklyn, I really appreciated the cool artwork.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Didn't have this on our itinerary at all but really enjoyed it. There was a short movie explaining the history of NYC and its 5 boroughs. Also the artwork as well as the building itself was worth a look.Entry was included in our Hop On Hop Off Bus ticket.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited New York recently and had been very keen to find out more about the city, its origins and its development. We found out about this museum and it seemed to be the only place where we might find what we were after, but were rather disappointed. The video covering the history of the city was good, but this... More

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loads of renovations taking place during our visit. $10 adult entry but we had a free pass from our Skyline tour. Wasn't overly impressed but may be due to a lot being closed due to reno. There is in an interesting 20 minute film about the history and building of New York.

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