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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 #135 of 861 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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Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Nice museum featuring highlights of the big apple. We went for the small Madelline exhibit and it was nice - great pieces of art! Overall a quaint museum with a wonderful cafe attached!

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Avon, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you love NYC and you are interested in the history of the city, you really need to go. We saw the exhibit on Madeline. I read all of these books to my two daughters and never knew the author was from New York City. Great introductory movie and lots of great exhibits. I'll be going again.

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Brooklyn, New York
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Strange hodge podge of stuff that had no theme and no interest. The Madeline exhibit was great and the gift shop interesting, the rest was a snooze fest. It is very disjointed with no particular theme. Huge and gorgeous building with nothing really to see and over priced. Go to The Frick if you want a unique, incredible and unique... More

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Swanage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We were on our way to the Natural History Museum when I was sidetracked by posters for the "Madeline" exhibition. How could I resist the nostalgia of these beautiful illustrations! I then was drawn in to the rest of the museum. Fascinating. Loved the objects chosen to represent NYC's history. Timelines useful! The children's rooms were empty of children when... More

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ork Historical Society on 77th and CPW is a small but amazing small museum which many people walk by and do not enter. On the steps is a bronze life size statue of Lincoln which draws many people to take photo. In addition to having a large collection of artifacts of America History, the museum conducts... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Made a special trip to see the 100 Objects exhibit, only to be told by a ride guard that it wasn't open until 2 p.m., three hours later. No mention on website, which said only two exhibits were closed until 2:30. And that the library was closed all day. One more line on the site would have saved wasted time... More

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It is a small museum, the entrance fee is $20, which I thought was high, but the smaller museums seem to be less endowed. We saw the Madeline Show which was sweet, 3 rooms of his art, photos, his paint box and books of his art. It was interesting to see his larger oils, though I think his best art... More

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Maine/New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

What a great museum. It can be conveniently reached by a number of city buses. It is expensive to visit ($19 for adults; $15 for seniors), but it is free on Friday nights, so that is when we usually go. Visiting with friends during the day this week there was a special treat to go with the exhibit on "Madeline."... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 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

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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