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“beautifully renovated museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
+1 212-873-3400
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Ranked #131 of 846 attractions in New York City
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
Long Island
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“beautifully renovated museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

The New York Historical Society's museum has been newly opened (11/11/11) after a 3 year period of renovations. Having visited it long ago when it was a dusty uninviting old place, I was enthralled with the beautiful building and the vast amount of things now on exhibit. We were mostly interested in the wonderful Tiffany lamps, the design of many of them duly attributed after recent findings to Clara Driscoll, the head of the women's department at the Tiffany workshop. We also enjoyed some of Audubon's original watercolors and the film on the New York Story. It would take more visits to adequately discover the other treasures like the paintings from the Hudson River School and I'm looking forward to returning soon.

Visited July 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Disappointing: Shows a lot, but tells nothing about the history of New York”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This was my most disappointing museum experience in New York. There are a lot of historical items on display, but do not expect the history of New York to be told and explained. The hall on the ground floor shows old British paintings and articles. Every item labeled with a year and a title, but no stories, no bigger picture, no background (same goes for all the other exhibitions here). It also seems that for this museum the history of New York started when the British took over from the Dutch. On the other floors silverware, glassware, toys and lots of other American and New York related items from the passed. The NY Historical Society shows a lot, but tells nothing about the history of New York.

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Tusket, Canada
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Good overview of New York's History. The interactive displays in the lobby are interesting and the tour interpretation of them gives great insight.

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San Francisco, California
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“Great history of new York!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

New York history is really fascinating, and this museum presents it really well. The docent tour at 2pm was an hour well spent. I also enjoyed lunch at the cafe downstairs.

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“Great place for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Where to begin. The new movie is state of the art. The Children's History Exhibit is fun for all ages. The current exhibit on the history of Brewing in NYC should stick around forever. The collection is very eclectic and even if you don't go in, the store is a perfect place to buy all kinds of NYC souvenirs and books.

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