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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 #117 of 851 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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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were off to the Historical Society to see the Madeline exhibition commemorating that wonderful series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, the delightful bon vivant who held court at the Carlyle Hotel and created the memorable murals in the bar which bears his name. Even the lampshades are his creations! My almost-twelve year old granddaughter, who has read most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

first time visit after many many new York trips. Why haven't I been there before? Saw a Civil War quilt exhibition and a brilliant photographers exhibition Bill Cunningham.Great website shows what is currently on. love the Caffe Storico - food ,service and setting beautiful. I will always check out whats on when I am in new York at this place.

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Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visited because of an ad in a New York magazine that the concierge gave us at our hotel (Hilton Garden inn). Beautiful museum and delightful exhibit of the writer ad illustrator f the Madeline's childrens'book series. Also saw a Tiffany exhibit. The $15 (senior rate) was well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife and I visited this wonderful facility to view the Madeline Exhibit and were very impressed by the number of paintings and articles on display. For my wife and I it brought back memories of reading Madeline books to our daughter during her younger years so it brought back wonderful memories. Even more interesting was the history of the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A must-do for visitors and NYC residents alike. We had a lovely visit this afternoon - follow the tips below and you can too! 1) Check which temporary exhibits are on when you plan to go; make sure at least some of them interest you. Unlike a larger museum (e.g. the Met), the permanent collection here is relatively small and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went here to see the Madeline exhibit which we loved, but we also loved this museum. It is located right next door to the Natural History Museum. The introduction video is extremely well done, and the mini theatre it is of the five star quality. The twenty minute movie is narrated by Liev Schrieber and is movie theatre worthy.... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For years I've seen notices of interesting exhibits at the New York Historical Society, and if I were a tourist and visiting the Natural History Museum, I probably would have seen some of them. Having now visited the Historical Society, I'm sorry I hadn't done it sooner. What I discovered when I finally went was an eclectic collection of artifacts... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was raining in NY and I was waiting for my daughter to finish work, since I had a little time I went into the NY Historical Society Museum.. It was easy to navigate and the show was really interesting..there was also a great auditorium with a film called the NY Story. included in the admission price. The museum was... More

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Shaker Heights
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Don't miss the Ludwig Bemelmans exhibit! Who knew that the Madeleine books were not his only oeuvres? Now I do! There is a terrific and interactive children's wing in the lower level.

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Happily it was open July 4th with tons of family activities. And every little girl was there for the terrific Madeline exhibit. The store has a good variety now. There are more kids' activities downstairs. The restaurant is a little pricy seeming to me.

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