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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 #114 of 858 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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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you have a few hours and want a crash course in everything about NYC visit the NY Historial Society on Central Park West. It has a fabulous children's interactive floor within the museum, which seems to hold the rapt interest of children from toddlers to teens and beyond. The museum itself is chock full of artifacts and is small... More

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Dix Hills,New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A book I read to my daughter many a night..over and over again..Her Halloweens celebrated dressed as Madeline.. Well ,she's back in New York and if you are a fan..a must see..it's not a big exhibit, but it's fascinating ..full of interesting facts..illustrations,a free audio follow along, there's reading time( for younger visitors).. My daughter and I had a wonderful... More

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Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were recently in town, and read about the Quilts in the Civil War exhibit. What a jewel hidden in the city. As a tourist from Tennessee, I would have never thought about going to the New York Historical Society. However, we were intrigued with the idea of quilts and the Civil War. What a wonderful exhibit!! The old quilts,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I loved the Madeline exhibit of Ludwig Bemelmans' illustrations - and the children's audio tour was great fun (I'm an adult, or so my passport indicates!) The Madeline exhibit is on til Oct 2014; http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/madeline-new-york The Civil War exhibit was fascinating, for a non-crafty person. Their fine work, and creative use of materials from war time, was almost breathtaking. It... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Currently there is an exhibit with illustrations by Ludwig Behmelmans. Many original artworks from the Madeline book series there as well as Pepito's hat. The same time, until August 24, there is an exhibit downstairs of Civil War quilts. Many interesting photographs and objects, some of them horrifying, from that period. And 911 photographs and memorabilia elsewhere. The movie which... More

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