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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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11:00 am - 5:00 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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I was expecting something a big different, but take a guided tour at this great museum ... then pack a picnic to munch in Central Park! The film is awesome!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Corie J
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum to view the Al Hirschfield exhibit. We very much enjoyed this exhibit although I found the accompanying text struggled at times to provide context. We also viewed three other exhibits - "Art as Activism," "Picasso's 'Le Tricorne'", and Freedom Journey 1965". I spent minimal time in the Picasso exhibit given the severe over air-conditioning in the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I was expecting something a big different, but take a guided tour at this great museum ... then pack a picnic to munch in Central Park! The film is awesome!

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Springfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We took a docent tour, thank you Bob, it was very interesting. It has piqued my interest in NY history. I will have to return again when I have more time to peruse. The Hirschberg exhibit was great. I could have spent more time in there. I did think it was a little expensive but there are times when admission... More 

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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

New York is, in part, known for large museums but, there are several which are not so overwhelming. The New York Historical Society Museum is the unexpected treasure! Among the current exhibitions are the Art as Activism poster exhibition, the Hirschfeld Exhibition and the Society's most recent acquisition, the Picasso stage curtain for the ballet "The Three-Cornered Hat". There's a... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It is only there through early September, but if you can go to see the Hirschfeld exhibit at the Historical Society Museum. Those who grew up reading the New York Times will remember the wonderful line drawings by Hirschfeld and the search for Nina. There is a short movie at the end with an Hirschfeld Interview. Well worth the visit.

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Gillette, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a splendid jewel and one of the most managable museums in the city. The collections are beautifully displayed and the entire enlightening exhibits are viewable in one afternoon.

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Melville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My husband and I attended this museum on the recommendation of our son-in-law to see the Al Hirsdchfeld exhibit. We wound up staying several hours and did not see all the exhibits. We did see the Hirschfeld exhibit and it was wonderful. We also saw the New York City film which detailed the history of NYC in a beautiful way.... More 

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We went there thinking we would learn some history about NY! So little content on first floor. Second floor is art but not much about NY.. There is no one there for a reason. The only think good about it was the AC

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I was surprised by this little museum. We actually stopped to get a drink in the museum cafe (definitely recommend it) and then wandered around the front of the museum. It was a nice little detour and I would go back again to learn more. I have always been a cynic about New York, but learning all of the quirky... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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