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New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
212-873-3400
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Ranked #111 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Give us 90 minutes and we'll show you New York like you've never seen it! You know the city -- now hear the stories. Witness New York's rise from... more » Owner description: Give us 90 minutes and we'll show you New York like you've never seen it! 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 that show why this city has always captivated hearts and minds.Located across the street from Central Park, we offer visitors a complete one-of-a-kind experience featuring New York's history and art. We celebrate the city's uniqueness and resilience in interactive exhibitions spanning over 400 years from Dutch settlements to the American Revolution, the Civil War and 9/11. Our groundbreaking special exhibitions pair art and history to reveal the beauty and complexity of bygone eras. History will break free from the textbooks and jump into your life!On view through May 27, 2013: WWII & NYC reveals how the city contributed to the Allies' victory in World War II, and recounts the moving stories of how New Yorkers confronted the challenges of total war. « less
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Artarmon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

On my fifth visit to NY I finally got to NY Historical Society Museum - this is up there with the best of NY's best and I mean Natural Science, Moma and more. It's a beautiful space and the Bill Cunningham's exhibition and Audubon's were world class. The restaurant is delightful, a light-filled place with delicious food and the Museum's... More

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England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great film intro on arrival. As photographers we enjoyed the current exhibition and found the 911 tribute moving. $18 for adults which for a family of four made it quite expensive for us and I'm not sure we got the best from it. Do check out whats covered here as the Nat Hist or Met are close by.

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Westport, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

On a beautiful sunny spring morning I was delighted to be at the NYC Historical Society with no crowds and lots of time to meander through the 3 floors of the Society's collections. The 18 minute video introducing NYC to visitors is a perfect introduction. The entrance price is right too.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The lady where we got out tickets answered all our questions and was very helpful. We enjoyed all the exhibits. This is a personal feeling, but I would have liked their fourth floor, about new York city, to be chronological instead of elements. I would also like to see more maps and how things developed in the city like the... More

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

As a history buff, you can't beat this place- located across the street from the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Since its complete renovation a few years ago, the special exhibits are always beautiful and moving, and the films and lectures at night- among the best in NYC. If history has any meaning for you, please visit here.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Really enjoyed this museum and the exhibits. Beautiful exhibit of Civil War quilts with interesting documentation. Touching memorabilia from 9/11. I usually don't listen to the hand-held recording devices, but there are several recordings of testimony that really touch the heart. There is an informative film worth seeing, an amazing display of Tiffany lamps, a well done gift shop, and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Everyone comes to NY and goes right for the big museums. After all the Museum of Natural History is on the next block. BUT the NYHS has a lot of really great information about NY, especially for kids. The entire downstairs is for kids and there are always some time of workshops going on in the late afternoon that are... More

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Skokie, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Having lived through a small portion of "Sandy" (we were on a cruise stuck in Boston), it was very interesting to see the photos. I graffiti exhibit was very interesting. We visited New York at the end of the graffiti time and remember some of the displayed graffiti. The Museum is smaller than you would think. New York City is... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I write this review with apprehension, as I fear that with greater knowledge of this amazing NY treasure it will be become too crowded. That said, this hidden gem is amazing, and the world should know of it... The children's museum in the basement is well-suited for kids age 4-9, although there is a fair amount of reading required. Our... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Special exhibit of the anniversary Armory show. Very impressive collection, very well organized and once in a life time opportunity to view some privately held art. While there see the movie.

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