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Museum of the City of New York

Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029 (Harlem)
Phone Number: 212-534-1672
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Ranked #125 of 619 Attractions in New York City
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that illustrate Manhattan's...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Museum that houses and preserves cultural art works and artifacts that illustrate Manhattan's history.

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Courbevoie, France
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Some interesting exhibitions but few parts of the museum were closed... Unfortunately, the price (14$) was not discounted... This is far too expensive for what's available for the visit compared to other NYC museums... if you have nothing else to do.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We discovered this museum in our visit in 2013, so over the past Christmas holidays we decided to go again. The admission to this museum allowed us to go to the nearby and thought-provoking Museo del Barrio. I like that the place is not crowded and the exhibits tend to unveil known and unknown artists that you may not find... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had both grown up in New York City and yet had not heard of this museum until this visit. It is a well curated little gem uptown from the Metropolitan Museum on Fifth Avenue. The half hour video on the history of New York City, that runs twice an hour, was fascinating and we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits.

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Corinth, Mississippi
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Located on upper Fifth Avenue opposite the northeast corner of Central Park, this museum always offers special material on the arts, culture and history of the city. Currently there is a contemporary photography exhibit of images of the city that anyone from children to photographic connoisseurs will find to be engaging. There is an exhibit on Madison Avenue advertising illustration... More 

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Canberra
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our visit commenced with the excellent 'Timescales' multimedia documentary. The exhibitions were small in size, but well-packaged and focused very much on the extraordinary human dimensions of the city. We found it fascinating and well worth spending a couple of hours on a visit. The cafe (as others have remarked) is very good too.

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Scarsdale
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24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This isn't the best known museum in NYC but well worth 2-3 hours. It really gives you a history and overview of what a lot of people consider the greatest city of the world. Check their website for their special exhibits. It's just up 5th Avenue from the Guggenheim.

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London, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a lovely building in a great quiet location overlooking the park. I can't remember exactly what I paid to enter but wasn't much more than $10 and for the education and enjoyment I received during my visit it has to be one of the best value attractions in NYC. The history of New York video was fascinating as... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Many visitors, or even residents, might not get up to this fantastic museum, across from the upper reaches of Central Park. But it's well worth the trip for a sense of the city's cultural and physical history, plus timely and compelling rotating exhibits (terrific one on Sandy, e.g.). Great gift/bookshop.

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Costas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

At the north end of Central Park, allows to see how the city changes from the poshier to the more popular neighbourhoods, and offers the chance to walk Central PArk with the kids before or after the visit. Excellent 20-minute video presentation with the history of the city. Very good exhibitions when we visited, and interesting collection. Probably a couple... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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46 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

After living in NYC for two years and dozens of visits over the last 50 years, we had never been to the Museum of the City of New York. I suppose it was because it is not very convenient to mid-town or other places we tend to spend our time. We're sorry we waited so long. The introductory film alone... More 

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