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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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We were extremely impressed at the this museum's collection of artifacts, artwork and exhibitions regarding the cultural and social make-up of New York and the nation. The most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Wayne, PA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

For years I've been extremely excited to visit this museum but alas, when it rains it pours. This museum constantly seems to have some internal construction renovations resulting in the permanent collections being off limits to the public. Years ago I wanted to go but held off until the $65 million work in 2011 was finished. Now I finally say... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Our flight home was cancelled due to bad weather across the Midwest. Since we had an additional day in the city, we decided to go to this museum and did check to see they were open on Tuesdays. We rode the subway in from the LaGuardia only to find the museum closed for an event. I surely understand the need... More 

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Wayne, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were extremely impressed at the this museum's collection of artifacts, artwork and exhibitions regarding the cultural and social make-up of New York and the nation. The most recent exhibit on the Chinese American immigrant experience was eye-opening and fascinating. The Children's Museum on the lower level is very interactive and educational for all ages. The building is lovely inside.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

For years the New York Historical Society Museum and Library was a stuffy place beset by financial problems. All that is happily now past, and the beautifully renovated building on Central Park West, next to the Museum of Natural History, is one of the city's gems. Exhibitions relate to the city's complex and fascinating history as a melting pot. A... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I had made an appointment to use the library for research and everything went to plan. The librarians are incredibly helpful and the website gives accurate and helpful information to ensure a smooth visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Had a great visit to this Museum. Saw 1/3 of the original Audubon Collection-they own the entire collection and bring it out periodically. Selma pictures; Abraham Lincoln-Jewish exhibit; Tiffany lamps; Chinese immigration exhibit-difficulty. Check to see what's happening! A real gem

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Huntington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Unique exhibitions. One of the current presentations is Lincoln and the Jews. Runs until July. Large research library. Gets pretty crowded after 6pm on Fridays. Electronic hearing devices freely available for self tours, if you wish. There are scheduled tours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were attracted to go here to see an exhibit on 'Lincoln and The Jews' and 'Selma'. Selma showed some never before images that were very interesting. The Lincoln exhibit had many fascinating artefacts and images and was most fascinating. The museum has a nice collection of original artwork. For those visiting from out of town I would recommend the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The tour guide provided a wonderful tour of the museum highlights, including terrific insights about the original Audobon watercolor paintings on display and the Tiffany lamps. The Lincoln and the Jews special exhibit was also extremely interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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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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