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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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The place to learn about New York City

This place is a historical gem. There are different exhibitions that will take you through the different phases of the city of New York. Make sure to catch the video that tells... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is a historical gem. There are different exhibitions that will take you through the different phases of the city of New York. Make sure to catch the video that tells the story of the City, from its birth until contemporary times, it's really great!

Thank Joel L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had tickets for here as part of a package. Unfortunately we didn't find it very interesting and left very quickly.

Thank Abi S
Ryan M, Community Manager at Museum of the City of New York, responded to this review

Dear Abi, We’re so sorry that you didn’t enjoy your visit. We’re currently in the process of constructing a permanent exhibition that will cover NYC’s four-century history in three galleries on our first floor, and hope you'll bear with us during this transitional time. The new exhibition, “New York At Its Core,” will open in November. Our goal is to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in NY as a couple and we popped in there. Very good historical info inside. Its not that big, so you can get in and out in under 1 hour. Its a must for a history enthusiast!

Thank C00lGuy
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are a lover of history, theater or city living this is the place for you. Housed in a beautiful old building this museum also features many rotating special exhibitions worth a trip uptown.

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem of a museum. The exhibits when we visited included a wonderful collection of portraits of New Yorkers from the 16th and 17th centuries, gilded age items from Tiffany's and other high end sources, an exhibit of a New Yorker Magazine cartoonist, and a very special exhibit on activism in New York. All were well curated and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum on the upper east side of Central Park is a little gem as long as you are interested in the underlying history of the city presented with a refreshingly different approach. The film show was excellent and the tour guide was more than a guide, you could sense her real feeling for the place and the city’s origins.... More 

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new york, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is newly renovated and so seems less funky than it used to be (a loss, imho). Do not miss the movie/slide show that covers all of nyc history in a relatively short time. The movie has been updated to include post-9/11 new york. Not every exhibit is fascinating, but there is enough turnover so that you can generally... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a museum we visited because we got entry free with Open Loop bus tours. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The 30 minute film in the basement was the highlight for me as it gave a brief but informative overview of the history of NYC. The rest of the floors had a number of interesting exhibitions about aspects of... More 

Thank Reviewer813
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I visited the museum in the morning because we got a free breakfast (a coffee and a bagel, very nice indeed)! I also bought a very scrummy cake for later in the day. The museum is only small and a section of it was closed due to the exhibition being changed. The areas we did see were... More 

Thank Geofflongadi
Wells, ME
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I very much enjoyed the exhibits at this museum -- particularly the Roz Chast exhibit, which was completely delightful, intelligent and in keeping with Ms. Chast's work. The portraiture exhibit was fascinating and of course I had to pay my respects to Alexander and Eliza Hamilton's portraits! I have a disability and use a mobility scooter to get around. I... More 

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