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Address: 1220 5th Ave, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029-5221
Phone Number: +1 212-534-1672
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city,...

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!

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Small but detailed exhibitions

I enjoyed my time at MCNY. The exhibit on the culture of protest was refreshing and inspiring. I enjoyed the whole museum and would highly recommend it if yo want to visit a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle D
Tallahassee, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my time at MCNY. The exhibit on the culture of protest was refreshing and inspiring. I enjoyed the whole museum and would highly recommend it if yo want to visit a museum that's more manageable than the nearby Met.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum was small enough that I didn't feel overwhelmed nor bored. We stayed about 2 hours and the highlight was a 28 minute movie about the city of New York. Despite having lived here my entire life, this movie taught me things I never knew.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The MCNY always has a number of interesting exhibitions that change periodically. Two examples: The current exhibition of the works of cartoonist Roz Chast is entertaining and engaging; her cartoons for New Yorker magazine are witty, neurotic and fun, just like New York itself. The historic cityscape multi-media show is educational, but moves very quickly and should be seen twice... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a large museum considering how much they have on display. We saw the entire musuem in approx 2 hours. I was very excited to see their gilded age exhibit, but found it to be quite small. The $20 per person price tag is a bit steep for the small collection on display.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Several years ago, I went to this museum for an extra credit project for college, and I discovered the delights of this fine tribute to New York! I had to go back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum is not very visited and it is worth to visit it has a lot of intersting exhibitions to see, about the history of the city

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made our first visit to this museum and were really surprised just how interesting the exhibits were. The movie on the creation of NYC is a must see. Narrated by Stanley Tucci, the movie gives a clear picture of how NYC grew into the metropolis it is now. The display on the Jewish Theater in early NYC was fascinating,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited "museum" for research for my job as a lincensed NYC tour guide..Show my ID and was allowed in free....Museum contains lots of pictures..More like a photograph expo...Few cool paintings of Washington and Jefferson, and the others i never heard of...nothing really interesting..I visited all the rooms on all 4 floors in 25 minutes...very disappointing ..30 minute video in small... More 

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a collection of artifacts from New York's bygone days. It used to have old fire engines, dollhouses, and toys.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic introduction to the city and some of its cultural and astonishing history. Free entry with the tour bus package deals also great value and perfect way to get around the length and breadth of the city. Excellent presentation and very interesting would definitely recommend going to learn about the people and history of this magical place. Not for... More 

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