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Museum of the City of New York

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Located at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue, the Museum of the City of New York is the place to explore the city’s past, celebrate its present, and imagine its future. Engaging exhibitions educate New Yorkers and visitors from around the world...more
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1220 5th Ave, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029-5221
Upper Manhattan (Uptown)
+1 212-534-1672
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After not having visited for a few years, I was delighted at the modernization of this museum (which is ongoing) and the progressive nature of the exhibits. The permanent exhibit "Activist New York" parses New York City history from the view of 14 activist movements,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I spent five days in New York for our third getaway to this amazing city. We saw Hamilton a few nights before and were interested in learning more about the history of the city. We were able to spend a few hours...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a huge NYC history buff and native, I have to say that this museum does not depict the true history of NYC at all but instead puts metaphorical progressive lenses on the viewers to reshape and warp how history should be seen in their...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kristen614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a smaller museum and much quieter than the larger museums. The exhibits are very well done. I particularly liked the one on the history of NYC. The cycle and activist exhibits were very well done and informative. This is well worth a stop...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in this museum for two reasons: 1) We had free tickets through our Hop On/Hop Off bus company and 2) it was raining. We are SO GLAD we did. This is a very enjoyable museum. We toured the first floor history of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go here. It is amazing. You’ll learn something. Great neighborhood. Great people. Always a good set of exhibits.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went specifically for the Corduroy exhibit featuring artwork and original book study sketches by author Don Freeman. His story is told from when he lived in NYC as an artist who depicted New York and created children's books and stories inspired by New York....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

We went to see the museum because it was included in our New York Pass. Well, it was the best of all the things we did in New York. Beautiful location, great staff and what a museum. If you want to learn about New York's...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 28, 2019

Yes, New York has lots of museums which are better known and offer world class exhibits. This little museum features several themes. We saw an exhibit dedicated to the great baseball player Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier when he was signed by the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank davidtI6638MZ
Reviewed February 24, 2019

Whether you are visiting NYC for the first time or are a longtime resident, please do not miss this museum. The permanent exhibit "New York at its Core" provided an amazing overview of 400 years of NYC history. A real gem!

Date of experience: February 2019
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from Oliver S | Reviewed this property |
I just thought of one more excellent book on Broadway, full with illustrations: "Notes on Broadway": conversations with the great songwriters, by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
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Response from Oliver S | Reviewed this property |
a couple of hours