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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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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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! 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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Great for kids!

Surprisingly, the New York Historical Society Museum isn't as dry sounding as it may seem. Renovated within the last 5 years or so, it contains wonderful artifacts from New York... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Surprisingly, the New York Historical Society Museum isn't as dry sounding as it may seem. Renovated within the last 5 years or so, it contains wonderful artifacts from New York City's history, and a great children's exhibit which is all hands on. It is located right across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, so I think it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We visited the Museum because a friend had seen and recommended the Selma March Photo Collection(through June 9) and the Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion Act temporary exhibit (through April 19). We learned about the internment of Japanese citizens in school during WW2 but never heard about the Exclusion Act which targeted Chinese immigrants. You can either enter through the Gift shop... More 

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Crawley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I'm sure that this was the building with Ab Lincoln staue outside on the steeps. Ideal to stand next to for a photo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The NY HS is a great museum located right next to the American Museum of Natural History. This museum has a permanent collection, a library and great temporary exhibitions that change every few months. Currently (early 2015) there is a great photo exhibition about the Selma protests, an Annie Leibovitz photography exhibition and a large exhibition about the history of... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Visited for the Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein with was moving and somewhat disturbing to think of the hatred that was felt towards those marching for civil rights. However the New York Story film (18 minutes long) is worth the time to learn of the history and resilience of NYC.

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Brooklyn, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My main reason for poor rating is because, when we went, the entire floor containing the thrust of the museum's historical items - the bulk of the place's collection - was closed. When we were planning the trip looking at their website, this was not made clear on the site. Only a vague reference to it being closed which you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This museum on Central Park West is in the shadow of other, better-known NYC attractions (literally so in the case of the Natural History Museum, across the street), but it's hard to say why. Both the permanent displays and temporary exhibits are excellent and the presentation is engaging and up-to-date. You'll find everything from the dueling pistols of Hamilton and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

On our last trip to the City, we decided to check out the NY Historical Society and wow, what a great place to explore! Very convenient to the B or C train and right on Central Park, which would have been fun to explore had it not been 16°, the Society Museum was just fabulous. Our visit started in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The historic collection is amazing. The new collection of antique toys is worth it for kids of all ages! The Luce Gallery of the collections is worth spending hours checking out,, especially the canes and the furniture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A true gem for New Yorkers...spruced up with a great new off the lobby eatery! I am always shocked by the underutilization of this fantastic Smithsonian Insitution venue. Of late the World War II exhibition, focusing on New York City's role and importance to the war effort, was astounding. The Tiffany Lamp collection donated by Dr. Egan Neustadt is magnificent.... More 

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Upper West Side
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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