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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 #231 of 863 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

In my youth and adult years living in Manhattan this was one of my favorite museums. I even donated my Dow Jones & Company (Wall Street Journal) news ticker to the collection in the 70's. My many visits were always a delight, NYFD fire engines from the turn of the century (with all the extra paraphernalia) to period furniture and... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

As a design person I appreciated the Conner exhibit. The history of the city short film was excellent. Also enjoyed the history of activism exhibit.

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New York City, New York
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137 reviews 137 reviews
75 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I've always wondered why there is a New York Historical Society and a City Museum of New York. My impression after visiting this place on and off for 20 years is that it's trying to distinguish itself by paying more attention to what has traditionally been "outsider" New York, focusing a lot of its curatorial energy on civil and human... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

My friend and I visited here yesterday and thought we would spend an hour. We were there almost 2 1/2 hours. We were wowed by all the exhibits. We went to see Gilded NY but loved the photos by Liao, the exhibit by the illustrator, Activist NY, the dollhouse, the stairwells, which have illustrations and sayings all the way down,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum should not be missed. Loved the exhibit on the Gilded New York. Full of Tiffany treasures. Activist New York fascinating. Covered Women's rights, racism, education, Gay rights, housing. The best was the Timescapes. Three large screens show New York's development from the arrival of the Dutch to the present. Awesome.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

One of the best museums we visited for it's changing exhibitions, surroundings and food. Make sure you take the time to watch the film running on the second floor. This short film was the best insight into NY we saw on our visit to the city. All staff members from the front door to the cafe and galleries gave great... More

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Calgary, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Unfortunately a lot of the galleries were not opened when we visited as a change of exhibits was taking place. We did enjoy the film depicting the history of NYC. Small restaurant on premises reasonably priced with several Auty options, community tables.

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Kilmacolm, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Hopped off the bus tour here and glad we did as the Tiffany exhibition on top floor was amazing!! and the Dolls House made by some of the wealthiest children in New York!! definately worth a visit!!

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Maine/New York
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173 reviews 173 reviews
42 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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36 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 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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