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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: +1 212-534-1672
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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city,...

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

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Interesting Museum to learn about the History of New York

At the end of the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue, it gives you a good perspective of New York history. Do not miss the 20 minutes audio-visual explaining the history from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
agoramundi
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Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels, Belgium
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At the end of the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue, it gives you a good perspective of New York history. Do not miss the 20 minutes audio-visual explaining the history from the Dutch settlement until present days. A nice exhibition of NYC Marathon history and beautiful Guild Age objects and furniture.

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Northern Virginia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Museum of the City of New York to see the Jacob Riis exhibit. That exhibit was fantastic -- but we found SO much more! The docents were so nice and very engaging for my 12 year old. They got her excited about seeing everything in the museum and she wouldn't leave until we had done it all.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rated this highly because of a personal interest in affordable housing, the current exhibition. As other reviewers have stated this is an exhibit of few objects of the sort usually found in museums. It is all pictures and quite a bit of reading, geared to high school age and up. The film about the history of NYC projected on... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum has several exhibits that are permanent, and others that are featured. The excellent short film is a great introduction and overview of this grea city's history with authentic photoes, maps, vdieo and sounds. Other exhibits focus on the music, immigration, housing, etc. One of the aspects I enjoyed most about it is that you can cover it in... More 

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Warwick, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would like to have seen more on the history of the city. Many displays were big on looks, light on information and details. For the history areas they did cover it was interesting. I would like to have seen more on the development of the city and it's neighborhoods

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum isn't large, but it has some very good collections, and is laid out very nicely. A good way to spend an afternoon. Jacob Riis' photos of tenements are amazing.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a great exhibit with photographs about one of the early American activists who famously spoke and wrote on behalf of the poor and downtrodden in Urban NYC. He was an American counterpart to Charles Dickens. Stop by if you have an hour and see the photos he and his assistants took and learn about this great man.

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NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not the best known museum in a city known for wonderful museums. But every time I visit, I wonder why it has taken me so long to return.The changing exhibits draw upon the museum's collections and its mission to tell the history of the city. Now there are two noteworthy exhibits: One on Jacob Riis who documented the... More 

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Ossining, New York
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you visit New York City and really enjoy being here, you may want to give this museum an afternoon. Sure, the Met is right down the street and you can enjoy great art with thousands of other folks. Here you can spend a little time seeing cool things that the rest of the country did eventually get to do.... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had never before visited this fine museum telling the story of New York City from 1609 to the present, and that was our loss. I love history and maps and there are plenty of each here...but not so much that your eyes glaze over and you can't wait to leave. the main exhibit now is the photography and life... More 

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