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Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029 (Harlem)
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Ranked #211 of 851 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy local history, fabulous art, politics then this is the place to go in NYC. They change the exhibits quite often and this time around it was a home run all the way. All exhibits were amazing and if you are looking for a 90- 120 minute stop then this is perfect. Hats off to the curators also-... More

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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Museum of the City of New York is located on the Museum Mile (as well as the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection, the Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim and others) on Fifth Avenue on the East Side across the Central Park. It is a history and art museum and its main goals are to preserve and present the history of... More

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Lac La Biche, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We found the graffiti exhibit compelling and really enjoyed the photography exhibit of Coney Island. Another treat was the exquisite doll house on display.

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Hillsdale, New York, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A smaller museum that always has interesting, informational exhibits. The current graffiti exhibit is fantastic as is the exhibit on the Gilded Age. Though currently undergoing some renovation work, the museum continues to host fabulous shows along with gems from its permanent collection. Easily accessed and not pricey, definitely add this to your must visit museums.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Though this gem of a museum is on Fifth Ave., it is a bit farther up than museums like the Met, so I think it gets overlooked. Definitely check out what exhibits is has. I always find something that I didn't even know that I was interested in!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not your typical large museum. This is a small one which actually makes it easy for one to complete. The museum has photo exhibitions depicting NY, it's people and their life.

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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This place is OK, but it's title is misleading as it is not a traditional history type museum. I'd describe it more as an artsy socially interpretive display relating to New York. The exhibit of street art/graffiti was good, as was the Guilded area and old photos of Coney Island. However, it's basically just a bunch of aspects of New... More

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Dover, Delaware
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This small museum is housed in a beautiful facility and showcases various exhibits related to NYC. The current exhibits on Guastavino's tilework, Wong's collection on graffiti, Aaron Rose's Coney Island photography were our favorites, although all exhibits were well done. A worthwhile museum to visit to gain insight into what makes New York City what it is, past, present, and... More

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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I made the mistake of leaving this visit until the end of my trip. If I'd seen it at the beginning it would have helped me to understand the city a little better. The twenty minute film is worth the admission charge alone. Using maps and images from the museum's collection, it takes you through all the phases of the... More

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Bronx, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have lived in NYC all my life yet have never been here before. I got a deal on two tickets for $9. It was well worth it. We had a lovely conversation with one of the volunteers. I didnt get her name but she was there about 12pm (if anyone from the museum is reading this), so kudos to... More

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