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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
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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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Lovely museum

We heard about the Superheroes exhibit at the museum, and were able to get Groupon tickets for 2 people for $20 (regular price is $20/each). One of the floors was closed, so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were given a free entry ticket for the museum with our sightseeing bus tour pass. They had a superheroes and children's toys exhibition on. My husband was grinning from ear to ear on arriving and the bat-mobile was on exhibition there. We had a wander around the various exhibitions. They had a train exhibition and the trains were going... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We heard about the Superheroes exhibit at the museum, and were able to get Groupon tickets for 2 people for $20 (regular price is $20/each). One of the floors was closed, so there wasn't a huge amount of other exhibits available, but the ones that were there were interesting and well laid out. The price might be a bit steep... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Centrally located, near Central Park and the Natural History Museum, visit the New-York Historical Society and see many and varied exhibits about the city and its history. For the next few days you can see an exhibit about the comic book industry and how several of the seminal characters were created here and in some cases, performed their feats of... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended due to the Superheroes exhibit. My opinion on it may be warped as I feel that being from the UK I'm spoilt with museums being free and cheap for exhibitions. It had a good selection, but I did expect a bit more, but for $20 access to the whole building- its ok as you can see other bits...if... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun for the whole family. First, you walk in and there is the Batmobile! The Batmobile. That made my husband and son's day! The train exhibit was AMAZING. The kids loved climbing through the tunnels to "pop-up" INSIDE the exhibit. We could have stayed there for hours. Downstairs we saw early NY through a child's eyes. Watched a movie about... More 

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Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed this as we walked away from the Museum of Natural History, the third museum we'd said "No" to due to the long lines during the holidays. I am originally from NY, but had never taken the time to go. I am SO glad we took a chance! The museum was small enough we could see everything in a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had never thought about visiting this museum, the oldest in the city, until I found out they would have the Batmobile on display. No, not the super-charged, tank-like prototype in "The Dark Knight" trilogy but the tricked-out '55 Lincoln Futura that was used on the 1966 TV series. How cool is that. It's part of the Superheroes in Gotham... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to see the Hirschfeld special exhibition (which was super, but what can you say about a man that could capture people in such particular way) and watched the intro film to the Museum that is about the history of NY, great insight, just a little to fast to watch, foreigners need it on slow motion to grasp all... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the New York Historical Society was memorable. We went specifically to see the toy trains and locomotives exhibition and found so much more. There was an exhibition on superheroes which included the batmobile used in the 1960's TV series, along with vintage costumes and comic books, and original artwork. The cost of admission was reasonable, and children... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The New York Historical Society is located on Central Park West and the second floor currently features an amusing exhibit about comic book superheroes. The early Superman animated cartoons are a hoot and demonstrate how far technology has advanced the art form. A costumed Batwoman and Batman are present to harass you! Lots of comic book history is offered for... More 

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