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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 Museum

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Fairfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was my first visit to the museum and I thought it was great! You already appreciate New York City if you are visiting or living here so learn to love it more by learning about the city's amazing history! It won't take long to tour through, kids are free, it's across from Central Park and they have a sweet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I loved it as a kid. It's now changed and even better. Great exhibits from all of NYC's glorious history. It made me proud to be a New Yorker and a member of it's diverse population. The video of the city's history and development is a must see. Too bad there are no doors in that screening room as the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited this museum as part of a tour package, with so much to see and visit in New York I would prioritize other attractions before this one. We did appreciate the stop as we were stuck in traffic and we needed to rest, we used the restrooms and had a quick bite at the restaurant, food was good and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Everything about this museum made me happy. Make sure you watch their 22 min video on the history of New York as it really captures the foresight and brilliance of the early city leaders and planners. Also try and see the brilliantly presented "Activist New York" exhibit which covers all the major social justice movements as they were experienced in... More 

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