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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
+1 212-873-3400
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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. 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! Hungry for more? The New-York Historical Society is your neighborhood destination for food and drink, whether you're grabbing a breakfast bite and a delicious cup of coffee at Parliament Coffee & Espresso Bar, or you're looking to relax with a delectable lunch and dinner and a glass of wine at Storico. Then explore the NYHistory Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My son is 13 years old and he looks even younger for his age. I didn't think I needed to declare that he was a child. We had a good time, in particular the interactive children's wing in the lower level. Over all it was...More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience, and we apologize for the mistake. Please contact our Visitor Services supervisor at info@nyhistory.org for a reimbursement. It is not our policy to charge adult prices for children. We hope you will visit the New-York Historical Society again in...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was really excited about this museum. I love local history museums that focus on telling the story of the city through exhibits. I thought this museum would be like the Chicago Historical Museum or the Museum of London, which were amazing and got me...More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed by your recent visit to the New-York Historical Society. We carefully plan our permanent collection and rotating exhibitions to share different perspectives on our nation's history. The exhibition you mentioned, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, explores...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Little letdown for such a accomplished community. The layout is odd, the exhibition is below expectation of such a city's history and citizens. Its not worth the time if you are in a limited time.More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're sorry to hear your visit to the New-York Historical Society didn't meet with your expectations. Our goal is to tell important stories New York and the nation's past because, as our tagline says, history matters. All visitors are greeted with a map to help...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

NYC has a fabulous story and this museum weaves it on so many levels. It's walkable, accessible, well laid out, spacious and interesting. Excellent guides will engage if you ask and leave you be if you wish to ponder. The Tiffany exhibit on the top...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here thinking I would get info on NYC history. Other than an 18 minute film, there was not much to see. There was a good temp exhibit about Norman Rockwell, but hardly anything else. Plus the entrance fee is $20. I would definitely...More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed by your recent visit to the New-York Historical Society. Across our four floors, the Museum tells the story of New York through its permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Our fourth floor showcases 100 dazzling Tiffany Lamps, the Center...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library offers visitors a complete one-of-a-kind experience featuring New York's history and art. Schedule your visit

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is strange that in tree NY travellers guides I have, none of them refers to this museum whilst this museum is a must see !!!! Permanent and temporary exhibitions are both amazing. In particular the collection of Tiffany lamps is astonishing. Idem dito for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited during our trip to NYC as museum entry was included in the bus pass we had bought. We visited on a very wet day, so it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours while getting out of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great collection of all things historical about NYC. Some of the old manuscripts are fascinating. Don't forget to look at the portraits of early New York leaders. May be a bit dry for the youngest children - but the guides do a wonderful job of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great show of shoes at the NY Historical Society. Comprised of shoes dating back to the 1800’s to the present, and includes designs by high school design students. And the Tiffany lamp collection is awesome!! The restaurant is fantastic and the gift shop is one...More

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jeffrey t
September 30, 2016|
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Response from mark f | Reviewed this property |
The children's museum (lower ground), ground floor and first floor are open. Only half of the first floor is museum. Until they open the fourth floor don't bother.
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Destinee L
February 4, 2015|
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Admission is $19 for adults. Seniors (65+), educators = $12 Students = $12 Children (5-13) = $6 Children under 5 are free Active duty military in uniform are free Friday evenings (6-8pm) are pay-as-you-wish
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