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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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Some family from out of town was visiting and wanted to go to this museum specifically. They thought it would be interesting -- and they were right! There are some very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to see and learn about NYC....variety of exhibits on a range of subjects.....the Gilded Age, Folk Music, Design, Landscape Preservation......and a free bagel if you are at the cafe by 11!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Some family from out of town was visiting and wanted to go to this museum specifically. They thought it would be interesting -- and they were right! There are some very informative exhibits that even lifelong New Yorkers will learn from. The Timescapes video was very good, although we wished it was longer and covered more detail. Even the staircase... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I wasn't planning to go to this museum while I was in NYC but ended up there on a rainy afternoon. I loved the way the information as presented and it ended up being one of my favourite afternoons in the city. Had a delicious lunch at the cafe as well. I think part of it may have bee under... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You would think a museum with a name like "Museum of the City of New York" would be about, well, New York City! At least that's what I'd hoped when I arrived. I was interested o know about the evolution of NYC over the centuries, and learn more about its founding and growth. Alas, none of that as present. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great Museum. It is a must to visit this museum and make sure you part take in the guided tours that the museum offers, which I believe are free. So much to learn that there is no way to know otherwise about the city and its history. I wish I did not leave it for the last day but planned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Hot day in the city - most museums are closed on Mondays but this one is a gem. Great video about the history of New York & great traveling exhibits! Walk in the stairway - very cool! For lovers of the city of manhattanites alike!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a delightful little museum in the Upper East Side that is unhurried and well worth a visit. We initially visited this museum to see the Paul Rand exhibition, and spent another two hours enjoying the rest of the exhibitions - including the interactive video guide to New York. It's a great place to learn about the city and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

driven indoors by the rain, we took the bus up to 103rd to visit this interesting place. There were a couple of really interesting temporary exhibitions, one on the New York folk scene of the 50s and 60s, the other chronicling 400 years of activist campaigning in the City, from religious freedoms in the 17th century, through abolition of slavery,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I'd already been here about a decade ago, but one of the great things about MCNY is that the exhibits keep changing. The exhibit on political activism, for example, tells of campaigns that changed the way the city works - the campaign for women's suffrage, or for the rights of immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century being just two of them.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Wow, was this disappointing! With all the history in NYC I can't believe there was nothing about the history of its mayors, transit, buildings, immigrants, celebrities, shopping, sports, newspapers...on and on. We could not wait to finish the museum and get out. What were they thinking when they opened this place, unreal! Folks, save your money and don't waste your... More 

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