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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: +1 212-873-3400
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Ranked #66 of 619 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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Attraction details
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Currently, the Chinese in America and the Annie Leibovits exhibits are worth a morning or afternoon at this museum. The food in the Cafe is great, too. And if you're partial to sort of funky cool stuff, check out the piano wire necklace in the gift store. It's springy, as in bouncy, not season-y.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We only had time to look at Annie Leibovitz's photographs of her journey. Armed with the leaflet we were taken on a journey to her influences and interests. From Jefferson and Lincoln to Emily Dickinson and Emerson and including Darwin and Virginia Woolf on the way a really good insight to America. Greatly impressed by young children being told about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The 19 minute video they show every 30 minutes at this museum is worth the price of your entry ticket alone. Any visitors coming to NYC I suggest they start with this museum on their first day as an introduction to the city by watching this video. It's fabulous. The fourth floor which houses their permanent collection is currently being... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I had never heard of this museum prior to this visit. I was searching for indoor activities since the high temperature was to be 26 degrees. The museum had an exhibit of model trains and an exhibit of Annie Lebowitz photography listed on the site I was searching. The photography exhibit was excellently done. The guide pamphlet was well done... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The short film on the history of NYC is not to be missed. It's approximately 20 minutes long and covers the original settlement up to today in a uniquely theatrical way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

this museum is a must for history buffs especially about New York City and related exhibitions. The introductory film is a must as background to the City itself. The exhibitions are always of topic and beautifully done. The Train and Liebowitz exhibits are just two examples of the quality and depth of the research and presentation of the material. Always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As other reviewers have noted, this is an excellent museum for natives or tourists, and the bonus is that it's not (quite!) as crowded as the American Museum of Natural History at the same subway stop. We went specifically to see the current exhibition, "Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion" and think it deserves an A+. It's well presented chronologically with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Whether you're a first time visitor or native New Yorker, there's always something interesting to see in this beautiful building, conveniently located across from Central Park and next door to the American Museum. Before checking out the exhibits, be sure to see the introductory film and don't miss the extraordinary Tiffany windows in the research library. This place is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you are visiting New York city, go to this museum right off the bat. Absolutely wonderful exhibits and city information with a fabulous short film as part of your ticket price. Saw the Annie Liebovitz Pilgrimage exhibit. The lovely Cafe Storico is there with wine and coffee if needed! Definitely go. One of the best museums I've ever been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The introductory film about New York's history is very well done. As a native New Yorker, but current "out of stater," I identified with events in the film which I had experienced and with those that have happened since I left--such as the destruction of the Twin Towers. We spent most of our time at an excellent exhibit on the... More 

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