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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

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!


"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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Worth a few hours visit

In a city like NYC with so many tourist attractions it's great to find a spot that's interesting but not overwhelming. The New York Historical Society is just such a place. You... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts

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Paris, France
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to this museum to see the "Super Heroes in Gotham" exhibition but we were disappointed as it was very small , only 2 small rooms. We expected more but it had some interesting information and displays. Got told off when we tried taking pictures !! As for the Museum I like the Architectural aspects of this pavilion. There... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In a city like NYC with so many tourist attractions it's great to find a spot that's interesting but not overwhelming. The New York Historical Society is just such a place. You can easily visit this museum in two to three hours, including a meal in Caffé Storico, the museum restaurant. Begin your visit with the short film documenting the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although a 4 star attraction close to Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and much more, the main exhibition floor is being renovated and will not be opened until very late Dec. or early January 2016. Then, by all means, spend some time there (the current special exhibit on action heroes is underwhelming, for kids especially; however,... More 

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Massapequa, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Though my wife and I enjoyed our visit to the museum we were surprised by the very small, though tasteful, holiday train display. Two of the exhibitions, "Superheroes in Gotham" and "Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection" sound like they might be suitable to bring our 5 - 8 year old grandchildren on a return visit. The... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went back to the New York Historical Society Museum again this weekend for the Superheroes in Gotham exhibition. Fun! Brought back memories. Also saw Holiday Express: Toys and Trains freom the Jerni Collection - a bonus since I love electric trains. The short film on the history of New York is well done. Planning to return soon to see what... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new exhibit "Superheroes in Gotham" features actual comics, artifacts,figures,international comics and toys.The history of this popular art form is explored in a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. There are radio shows and old cartoons,plus live action tv shows to view.The exhibit is well designed and family friendly. You can sit and read a comic!!! So cool!!! You can... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To pay the wages, that's why. I've never seen such 'overmanning' at an attraction in all my years of travelling; there was even 3 of them taking the hats and coats.. This place needs a complete overhaul of its business practices. We took our 7 year old granddaughter here one rainy day in October, and found the place just full... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Information on the history of New York City was sparse and poorly organized. Most of the museum was given over to oddities such as the Bat Mobile, old toys, and other disjointed displays. The 18-minute film was decent but certainly not worth the admission. The museum has one of the most outstanding collections of paintings by Thomas Cole, Asher Durand,... More 

1 Thank John P
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't get it. In Chicago the Historical Society Museum is one of the best. So I expected this museum to be equal. I had a bad feeling when I walked into the lobby and saw the Batmobile displayed. Turned out it was part of an exhibition on Super Heroes in Gotham. I spent about 3 minutes there. Comic book... More 

Thank Handballjim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Charming decor, different, and very good food! I've only been for lunch, never disappointing! Love the way the room is done in white and blue and white china with the touch of yellow!

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