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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 #213 of 859 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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Went here one Monday morning in August. Not too crowded as it is not as widely known as other big name museums. Cane to see tow exhibitions - Activist New York and Graffiti Art, both excellent. The multimedia history of New York was with seeing - very visual and charted Gotham's history in a very accessible way. Helpful, cheery staff.

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Columbus, GA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited on a weekday morning, having read about the current exhibitions on their Website. Very stimulating material, mainly historical but covering several topics and eras. One of the highlights was a video that told the story of NYC in chronological order with three simultaneous screens. There's a cafe on-site, and you can take any of the Madison Avenue buses... More

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Montreal, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

In this museum I learned about the history of the big apple, why they call it that way, the vaults of the buildings, the movements, etc. When sometimes you just arrived in a place and you found out that, hey this is interesting, I found it here. Love the chandelier in the main floor, you can see the pattern from... More

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This museum offers history of all things New York. I have seen some informative and interesting exhibits at this museum. This is one of the few museums in the city that has a 'suggested' admission fee. It is only $10 to enter but you can give what you choose. At any price you will see New York history in different... More

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Maryland
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I really liked the video of the city history, but the museum was more of a collection of small exhibits (7), and lacked interesting detail that I was looking for. By contrast, I have been to the History Museum of Chicago, and it was phenomenal. It covered the growth of the city, growth of key industries, politics, etc. New York... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you want to get a feel for the minutiae of New York life through the years, this is hands-down the place to go. Currently, there's a fantastic hip-shot photography exhibit of images taken between 1961-1963 at Coney Island which is magnificent, and I deeply respect a museum that works to preserve graffiti as an art form, and as a... More

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Houston, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I believe this was one of our favorite attractions. We had a blast posing with the stars and felt like kids running through the museum to see who else was there. Fantastic!!!!

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Seattle
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you enjoy local history, fabulous art, politics then this is the place to go in NYC. They change the exhibits quite often and this time around it was a home run all the way. All exhibits were amazing and if you are looking for a 90- 120 minute stop then this is perfect. Hats off to the curators also-... More

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Tucuman
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126 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Museum of the City of New York is located on the Museum Mile (as well as the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection, the Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim and others) on Fifth Avenue on the East Side across the Central Park. It is a history and art museum and its main goals are to preserve and present the history of... More

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Lac La Biche, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We found the graffiti exhibit compelling and really enjoyed the photography exhibit of Coney Island. Another treat was the exquisite doll house on display.

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