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New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
+1 212-873-3400
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Ranked #118 of 855 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York Historical Society with its four centuries of history and art - plus the only... more » Owner description: A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York Historical Society with its four centuries of history and art - plus the only Children's History Museum in the area. It hits the spot for anyone craving an offbeat (and often surprising) bite of the city's culture easily digested in an hour or two. Quirky, smart, immersive and across the street from beautiful Central Park, it offers a rich taste of the city. The New-York Historical Society boasts a hip new vibe. You know the city - now hear the stories. Witness New York's rise from remote outpost to city at the center of the world in our 18-minute panoramic film experience, New York Story, in surround-sound on a 75-foot screen. Then travel through time in visionary exhibitions and an entire floor of children's galleries that show why this city has always captivated hearts and minds. "We were absolutely blown away by the film which manages to convey more about New York and its history than one could imagine ever being crammed into 18 minutes." - CL, New York NY History will break free from the textbooks and jump into your life! Refresh yourself this summer with our "Madeline in New York" show (through October 19, 2014) celebrating the 75th anniversary of the beloved French schoolgirl and her adventures. You'll see artwork from all the books as well as panels painted by the author/illustrator for the Onassis yacht and drawings capturing life in the old Ritz hotel in New York City. "Homefront & Battlefield" (through August 24, 2014) commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by showing you the stories beneath the veneer of Blue & Gray. Then explore one of the finest collections of American art in "The Works"-- some of the stars of our paintings collection. Hungry for more? Experience the casual elegance of Caffe Storico which offers tasty Italian fare and specialty cocktails, then explore the Museum Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise. « less
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

A gem. Nice exhibits. Madelaine show a well presented and curated show. Children's museum is a treat. Kids will love it. Interactive and fun. Entry a bit steep considering main exhibit floor is closed. The lectures and presentations are extremely interesting and looking forward to taking part. Become a member and save some money.

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We've been members of the NYHS for the past two years and greatly enjoy the the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series, Friday Night Concerts/Movies, and Barry Lewis is always an enjoyable presenter. If you routinely register for these programs, it makes sense to consider membership as it will curtail costs and it provides the NYHS with funding. Enjoy!

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Just across 77th Street from the American Museum of Natural History. Our family particularly enjoyed the collection on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture; lots of (the exhibit description said 40,000) everyday items from the past (think old Campbell's soup cans and things like that up through Tiffany lamps). Unfortunately, according to the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited the museum for their Madeline exhibit! Loved seeing the artwork and discovering more about the artist. The artwork was fabulous. I was very disappointed in the fact that an entire floor was closed and they still charged $20 per person. I don't think that their were enough exhibits to justify the price. $20 was a lot to pay for... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I thought that this museum was great. They had a section on the Civil War along with some beautiful quilts. Their Audubon collection along with the bird's sound were wonderful. The antiques and displays of early furniture were genuine and well presented. I also enjoyed the glassware and all the displays. Their was great variety of presentation, but done in... More

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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This museum is near central park and is very quiet and pleasant. There is lots of American History gems here. There are portraits of Washington, 911 artifacts and much more. There is a little bit of everything. There are also special exhibitions going on. We got to see Civil War quilts and textiles which I really enjoyed. If you are... More

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We visited this lovely structure to see the wonderful "Madeline" exhibit. We were first impressed by the building. It's well maintained with permanent exhibits, a nice cafe, and great museum shop. But the "Madeline" exhibit was fantastic. Our daughter was a big fan as a child, so to travel the exhibit with my daughter and granddaughter was truly grand. Don't... More

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Bronx, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you are on a tight budget then the time to visit is 6-8 pm on a Friday evening when it is "Pay as you please". Two hours is certainly tight and we did not even attempt the Children's museum area on the lower level. However, we did see the movie, which is impressive, and the salon style paintings exhibit... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

As an avid fan of New York City history there is so much to see and experience here. Great place to bring visitors and friends.

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Boulder, Cororado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you go, start off with the 20 minute video summarizing the history of the city in a beautiful and concise way. The exhibits were also excellent and we'll probably want to return on our next visit to the city, since there was simply too much to absorb in one sitting.

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