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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 #234 of 864 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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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

A social history museum based on a city should work as an introduction to that city, an overview of what its people have faced and how the city has changed over time. And this museum achieves that. I liked that there were displays on social activism as it was a great chronological way to demonstrate the changes in the way... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I visited the museum about 15 years ago. Was impressed with the collections and the ambiance inside. Took my wife and son to visit once again today. Totally disappointed. 3D movie about the City of New York from time to time since 1800 to date makes it up little bit. Overall still disappointing.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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

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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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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30 helpful votes 30 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
82 helpful votes 82 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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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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