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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
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 is a must see when visiting NYC. There was Lincoln and the Jews exhibit when we went and I never knew Lincoln had such a special relationship with the Jews. The museum also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Ruby H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a must see when visiting NYC. There was Lincoln and the Jews exhibit when we went and I never knew Lincoln had such a special relationship with the Jews. The museum also had a tribute wall to the firemen of 9/11. This museum is well worth the visit.

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Beach Lake, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have always enjoyed the NY Historical Society Museum. And we really enjoyed our recent visit to see the exhibit on Lincoln and the Jews. It was as much a history of the Jews in the US as it was about Lincoln's interaction with the Jews, and was very informative. We had a light lunch at the... More 

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San Jose, CA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Wish I'd found this place when my kids were younger. As it was, going with two teens (and younger nephews) was a lot of fun for everyone. Exhibits are great. We lucked out with a special program on Rev. War that the 10 year old wouldn't leave! Younger one liked the story time and hands on floor (lower floor). Will... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The exhibits on Lincoln and the Jews and Freedom Journey 1965 are both well worth seeing. Both are not only very informative, but extremely interesting and visually moving. The original pictures and in some cases manuscripts are fascinating to behold, and the curator has done a good job in providing additional material to explain the context. The permanent exhibit is... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We have been to this museum at least a dozen times over the years. It always has a few special exhibits that you can see in about two hours without having a feeling of being overwhelmed by the size of the museum. On a recent trip it had an exhibit of Audubon bird prints complete with an audio guide of... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I recently went to this museum with a free pass from my library. The museum is 4 floors, but the 3rd floor is for staff and the 4th floor was being renovated and closed. The other 2 floors - one has a cafe and a museum shop and auditorium showing a movie about NY city that I highly recommend. The... More 

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Huntington Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I visit this museum almost every time I visit New York - that's about three times a year. They always have a unique special exhibit (this time it was "Lincoln and the Jews") and their permanent exhibits are first class. They have the complete original paintings by Audubon of Birds of America and this alone is worth a visit. There... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I was really excited to come here as am a big history buff but after spending $19 to gain entry it was probably one of the most boring, unvaried museums I've ever been to. Super disappointing. Surely in a city such as this, it should be absolutely full of information and displays??

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Very disappointing experience. About a third of the museum was closed yet the entry fee did not appear to have been adjusted to reflect it. We went straight into the auditorium to view an 18 minute film on the history of New York. This was on a full sized cinema screen, and was very informative, in fact it could probably... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We discovered this small museum about two years ago and have been back regularly ever since. Just down the street from the mother ship of museums, AKA Museum of Natural History, the Historical Society offers tours of its permanent collection and features two or three new exhibits. There are docent tours available and free walking audio guides.. The classically designed... More 

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