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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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Interesting overview of Gotham history

This is one of the small but well-put-together Fifth Avenue museums close in spirit to the Neue Galerie and Cooper Hewitt. Like them, it's in a pleasant setting, features well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A must see for New Yorkers as well as tourists. Thorough history of the city and all its different phases. As a native New Yorjker I found it illuminating. Learned stuff I never knew. Video is excellent too. Exhibits are powerful. Definitely a diamond among New York's glitter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is one of the small but well-put-together Fifth Avenue museums close in spirit to the Neue Galerie and Cooper Hewitt. Like them, it's in a pleasant setting, features well thought-out displays, and has enough content to keep you interested and engaged without becoming exhausted. It also lacks the crowds of the bigger museums that can feel like Macy's the... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We visited the Museum of the City of New York when a work-related reception was held there in the evening. We did not even know the existence of this museum until now. We are very glad we were introduced to it. The museum has three floors of not-so-big exhibit space. We saw the "Glided Age" exhibits of luxury items from... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Small not a lot in the way of exhibits. 20 minute video on how Manhattan came to be was interesting. Docents very very friendly!

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new york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Cafe moved to 2 nd floor hip Hop demo outside. Hip hop photos inside. 2d Art and long labels prevails do presentation could be dpi Ed up. Never too crowded

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Perfect sized museum to visit without feeling overwhelmed or like you missed something. We saw several interesting exhibits including Paul Rand, Gilded Age, and Hip-Hop

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This museum was light on exhibits and not all that interesting compared with so many other things in New York. This was boring and a big disappointment considering that NY has such a long rich history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The introductory film was great, the history of political activism in the city was fascinating, and, their stairwell is truly one of the most interesting you'll ever find.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Not the biggest museum - you'll need to reserve 1-2 hours in you schedule for the visit. The best part is a short movie about the history of New York. Free entrance with New York Pass.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've been in nyc a lot of times, but never visited this museum. All the others seemed to be more important. How wrong I was! If you want to know about New York, how it started, which are it's roots, you must stop by. It's not a huge museum, so it won't take you more than a couple of hours... More 

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