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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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This is a small museum very close to the entrance of central parks conservatory gardens on fifth avenue at 103rd street. When we visited there was a hip-hop exhibit. Also of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Couva, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I think this is a freebie. Do it if you are on a low budget. I flew through to see what it was about. they do things for children.

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Castleton On Hudson, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My first time here even though I lived in Manhattan and have been to NYC millions of times over the years. Saw two great exhibits (Paul Rand and Folk City) and might have seen more but we also wanted to spent some time outside (you are right by the Conservatory Garden). Tips: We gave a donation, didn't pay the full... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We didn't know what to expect but thought we would check it out as it had several interesting exhibitions -- Hip Hop Revolution, Paul Rand and History of New York's Landmarks. The displays and exhibitions were nicely put together. The biggest treat were the displays in the staircase! The cafe on the second floor provide a nice break too.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum very close to the entrance of central parks conservatory gardens on fifth avenue at 103rd street. When we visited there was a hip-hop exhibit. Also of interest are the quotes of famous visitors to NYC in the form of posters all the way down the stairwell, as well as an exhibit on the preservation of... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

When I joined the Museum of the City of New York in 2002, it was a dusty relic that was going to be merged with the New York Historical Society. Not anymore! This museum has found its way and now has interesting exhibitions, great lectures, moderate art openings and engaging gallery talks. The new director and staff have breathed life... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

You would think that after coming to NYC for the past 25 years I would have known about this museum and paid it a visit. Not sure how it avoided my "what to do" radar. I can tell you this. It will be on my must do list for future visits. It is not an overly large museum. Three floors... More 

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

On the one hand, if you only have so much time in New York then the Musuem of the City of New York is probably not somewhere you are going to want to visit as there isn't a great deal here to see or do. On the other hand, if you only have so much time in New York then... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Back to the museum, on entry we were told about the other exhibits, and there was an exhibition on activism in New Yorks history... It was sooooo good... At home I attend rallies for equal rights, for refugees, the LGBT community, our indigenous people’s rights, so this was really cool to see... Then off to the exhibit we were here... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a small place, exhibits are fair. If you live here, stop by. The outdoor cafe for a cup 'o is a good stop. If you're visiting, skip this one unless you're a frequent guest of the area. Current Paul Rand exhibit is worth a look (so that's who created all those logos!) but the exhibit doesn't do much... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

As we have been to every other museum we thought we would explore this one. What a surprise to find it was featuring an exhibits on Folk Music, the Gilded Age,Hip Hop and preservation/ NYC architecture. All were well done and interesting....you could have spent and or or three depending on your interests.

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Additional Information about Museum of the City of New York

Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029
Phone Number: 212-534-1672
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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