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Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029
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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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Very Interesting Short Stop

This is a museum that showcases the history and beauty of NYC. You will only need about three hours to get through the entire museum depending on the exhibits that are running... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This Museum has been in operation since 1929 and takes a deep, inward look at New York City in the past, present, and future. The new permanent exhibit was established in November 2016 and brings together the critical and unique themes that frankly make New York unique: money, density, diversity, and creativity. They have a variety of New York centric... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum that showcases the history and beauty of NYC. You will only need about three hours to get through the entire museum depending on the exhibits that are running; the size is not overwhelming. Two must see items while there: the 30 minute film on the history of NYC and the most exciting stairwell in NY. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you miss the 30 minute film (given every half hour) about the genesis of New York, you will miss the beauty of this Museum. Yes, you can stroll through and see the different floors, but the film sets the stage and allows you to see from which it has come and to where it is going. While there, our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I agree with many of the earlier reviews that the Museum of the City of New York is not necessarily a museum for the first-time visitor to the Big Apple, I do feel that this does not warrant a bad review. It may be located off the beaten tourist track at the far end of Museum Mile and also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibit, New York At Its Core, is such an engaging presentation. This exhibit was filled with pictures and artifacts of times going back to the 1600's when New York was called New Amsterdam and was a Dutch colony. There was a huge screen showing parts of NYC how it looked in the 1600's with a fade in to a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice review of the development of zoning regulations. I felt I learned many interesting things. There is soft information and detailed information. Not for a quick visit, but for when feel ready to absorb information. Signage is nice and artistic, but unclear. Very hard to find stairwells, a safety problem, and a potential loss as they are truly interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum did not really have as much on the historical aspect as one would expect with such a name. Nonetheless it was still worth a visit for some of the rare exhibits we have come across. Do visit the basement for a video presentation on the formation of NYC. this alone is well worth the trip here!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a magnificent building, worth a visit just by itself. The exhibits are well presented and well lit. Very educational and very enjoyable

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With new york such an iconic city, it was good to have a museum that gives an overall insight into its history, attainable in a few hours!. This museum is not too large for tired sightseeing legs.. But interesting and informative... I loved the room whereby you can read on and see articles relating to each decade of new yorks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As museums in New York City go this is small. But the exhibits are very timely and wonderfully done. Gay Gotham: Art & Underground Culture in New York is on 2 floors and very creative. The exhibit Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 is a very difficult subject. I thought it was done in a way that everyone... More 

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