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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 873 Attractions in New York City
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that illustrate Manhattan's history.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Was advised that the Museum is a 'must see' but found it somewhat lacking in most respects, apart from the excellent gift shop. Whilst the displays were generally good, there was a lot of wasted space which surely could be put to better use with more exhibits on the history of this fascinating city?

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Scarsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We spent the day in New York City recently and had heard about an interesting exhibit "Letters To Afar" : a video art installation of old films from Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe that were taken in the 1930's by Jewish immigrants. There is also original letters of Thomas Jefferson: The Jefferson Letters, and an exhibit of drawings... More

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The store is now worth going to. I came for one specific exhibit but wound up going to three. That is a good problem to have. Sadly for the museum, it was not crowded at all.

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New Jersey
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is second visit in some years. Group tour specifically to see the work of Jeff Liao and Mac Conner. This is a beautifully appointed venue that is well worth repeat visits. There is a gift shop with interesting offers so make a point of browsing as part of the visit. It is fully handicapped accessable. Great for family visits.... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

We had not visited this Museum before and could not believe the quality of the presentation and the variety of exhibits. Displays are set out on three floors with two main areas on each floor. Subjects on our visit ranged from "Gilded New York", showing how the elite lived in the late 19th and early 20th century to "Letters To... More

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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This museum makes for an interesting visit. It's fairly small (about 2 hours to take in the exhibits). The museum covers anything to do with the city of New York and its history. When we visited, there seemed to be a particular leaning towards the social aspects of the city including famous activists, social movements and prominent activists from the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

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

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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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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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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