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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 #224 of 855 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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Glenview, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Sorry, but it´s true. I don´t know if they had any section closed, but it looked really small and there was a graffiti exhibition that was very nice. The best part for me was a video telling the story of New York - how it began and the street and neighborhoods origins. That was good! BTW.. it was free with... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

At the end of Museum Mile north of the MET, this museum is in a beautiful building with a very small exhibit area. We saw the special exhibits on graffiti, the GIlded Age and Activist NY. and a movie on the history of NYC. Not as comprehensive as the Museum of London but well-worth a visit if you are in... More

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

We though the museum would have a lot more on the history of New York, but it was fairly limited. It was good to visit and there were some interesting displays, but they missed a lot of what I expected. They had a great slide show on the growth of the city from its early beginnings to today, and this... More

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Towson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The multimedia presentation on how New York City developed, from the 1600s to the present should be required viewing for residents and tourists alike. It's a fascinating look back on the city, but it's so much more. It shows how the geography affected the development of the city and how the people who had formal influence (Robert Moses, Fiorello LaGuardia... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went here one Monday morning in August. Not too crowded as it is not as widely known as other big name museums. Cane to see tow exhibitions - Activist New York and Graffiti Art, both excellent. The multimedia history of New York was with seeing - very visual and charted Gotham's history in a very accessible way. Helpful, cheery staff.

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