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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
+1 212-873-3400
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Ranked #89 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, 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...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

A rainy December afternoon provided a good reason for our family to visit this museum. Once inside, everyone should find it easy to agree that there are plenty of good reasons to come to this place, and the weather should not be used as an excuse. We didn't have that much time so we focused on the film about New... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

My first time at this museum, greeted by a bronze of Lincoln on the staircase The oldest museum in New York city, from 1804 When you enter there is a charming holiday exhibition of electric trains and toys and then on the 2d floor, this aspect of the famous photographers with places and people that have touched her ,and a... More 

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Princeton, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We went for the 2014 holiday toys and trains exhibit. Very nicely presented, with more information than you even need. It was our first trip to the Historical Society, and we will probably return. The gallery of paintings was nice. Annie Liebovitz exhibit was interesting - particularly seeing how each person that she had selected morphed into the next person.... More 

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went to the NY Historical Society for the Annie Leibovitz exhibit. That particular exhibit, while pretty interesting, was a bit of a disappointment because we thought it was going to be full of celebrity photos, which is primarily Ms. Leibovitz's area of concentration. It was a photography exhibit, but it showcased various photographs of American sites. The Chinese- American... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

New York has a wonderful history--and this museum is successful in sharing it in a way that is pleasant, understandable and educational not just in the development of it New York City but how it involved the growth of this nation.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Si tu idea es demorarte 2-3 horas en la exposición mas aclamada del museo que es la de inmigración china tu dinero será bien gastado. Esta exposición es excelente. Por otra parte el resto del museo no es nada del otro mundo. Buena experiencia. If you are going to take your time (2-3 hours) on the Chinese immigration expo your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

After reading all the amazing reviews I was surprisingly disappointed with this museum. The ground floor had a great exhibition on Chinese in America, highlighting their persecution over the centuries. Beyong that excellently curated exhibit there didn't seem to be much to see with an entire floor closed. The film bout NYC narrated by Liev Schrieber was good. It had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Located just down from the larger and more popular Natural History Museum overlooking the lower West side of Central Park I would recommend this museum to visit if you're wanting to explore the Historical side of the city. Do join onto one of the regular guided tours where the guide relates the fascinating stories of the objects contained within the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Current exhibition going on now: September 26, 2014 - April 19, 2015. Luckily, the school trips went through the exhibition quickly enough for me to take my time in peace. There was a lot packed into this showing. On the macro level, it showed a lot of history, how trade started and worked its way into confinement, exclusion, and then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We have lived around New York City our entire lives, but we had never been to this terrific history museum in a purpose-built landmark structure. This was the first museum in New York City, opening in 1804 in a former location. The current Chinese immigration exhibit is great. The old photos and other artwork, some by world famous artists, is... More 

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