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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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Address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: +1 212-873-3400
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York...
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! SUMMER 2015 "The Art of Al Hirschfeld" (May 22 - October 12, 2015) "Picasso's Le Tricorne" (May 29 - Ongoing) "Art as Activism" (June 26 - September 13, 2015) "Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein" (Through October 25, 2015) Hungry for more? Experience the casual elegance of Caffe Storico which offers tasty Italian fare, then explore the Museum Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.
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This musuem offers a variety of rare historical documents, artifacts, and interesting exhibits. I recently took a docent tour of the permanent collection on the main floor, which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This musuem offers a variety of rare historical documents, artifacts, and interesting exhibits. I recently took a docent tour of the permanent collection on the main floor, which gave me new insights into old collectables. The current Hirschfeld and Picasso exhibits are definitely worth seeing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Really disappointed that much of the museum was closed for reworking exhibits - while understandable, they should consider letting you know before you pay for admission (or reduce the fee). What we saw was very interesting, just not enough for the admission price

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Enjoyed visiting this museum with friends on Saturday. We are group of Rev War re-enactors and the museum brought us in for the day. They were excellent with food and hopefully we helped bring in visitors and made their vist more rewarding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great museum of NYC history. Fantastic interactive children's museum in basement! I enjoyed the Hirschfield exhibit. Interesting artifacts. Children were free on the weekend when we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Don'y miss the Al Hirschfeld exhibition, nine decades of amazing celebrity drawings, well worth a visit , quite a character, and includes everyone that was anyone over that very long period..! Venue itself, is lovely , and has so much more to see that just this exhibition... give yourself plenty of time!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I visited the museum on a Friday evening when it is 'pay as you wish' after 6pm. The permanent collection is currently closed, so I got around everything in a couple of hours. I still enjoyed the many exhibits that were on show. The film, New York Story is definitely worth seeing in the theatre and runs approx 18 mins... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Today when I visited, the 4th floor was closed for remodeling. Normally that is my favorite place. I was forced to expand my horizons and view the movie- New York and the Nation and the current exhibits. On the second floor are two that blend nicely- the Freedom Journey photos from Selma to DC, and the Art as Activism display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Interesting exhibits, fantastic restaurant, easy subway access and right across the street from the Museum of Natural History. Make sure to watch the movie.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The New York Historical Society nearly went out of business not so many years ago. The rescue operation was extensive and what's on show now is the fruits of some hard thinking. The library is a wonderful place to do research, and the changing exhibits are engaging, as you'd expect. But thanks to the outlay of a lot of Luce... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We very much enjoyed the Historical Society and its exhibits. They are well done and the facility is done very nicely. For the price, the Society does not have a very large collection on display. What do they have is displayed well, but it is not a large amount.

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Address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: +1 212-873-3400
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 19 - 19

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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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