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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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Address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: +1 212-873-3400
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York...

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.

The New-York Historical Society boasts a hip new vibe.

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!


"The Art of Al Hirschfeld" (May 22 - October 12, 2015)

"Picasso's Le Tricorne" (May 29 - Ongoing)

"Art as Activism" (June 26 - September 13, 2015)

"Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein" (Through October 25, 2015)

Hungry for more? Experience the casual elegance of Caffe Storico which offers tasty Italian fare, then explore the Museum Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.

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When it's 90 degrees outside and you have some time to kill, this is a great place to spend an hour. Currently it's the "Summer of Hamilton" and they have a nice collection from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When it's 90 degrees outside and you have some time to kill, this is a great place to spend an hour. Currently it's the "Summer of Hamilton" and they have a nice collection from his life. My "Hamilton" obsessed daughter loved this part. However, I was drawn into the museum for the Mo Willems exhibit of his illustrations. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not everything was open, but there is a great on-loan exhibit about Alexander Hamilton thanks to the popularity of the musical. Beautiful Tiffany lamps on display (in preparation for an upcoming exhibit). Children's museum in basement is fascinating for young and old alike!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most of the exhibits are kid oriented. In the Hamilton exhibit there are guns that kids can touch. We went on the 4th of July and there were men and women dressed as they would be during Hamilton's time. You can see the book Hamilton wrote in which he revealed his torrid affair. There was a cute Mo Williams exhibit.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the Mo Willems exhibit, perfect for our kids who love his books, it gave a great explanation of how he creates his drawings and stories. The permanent childrens wing is very well done. Loved the Macy's parade float pictures that changed as you walked past them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the price was a bit higher than we were planning, it was well worth it. The exhibits and the information that was communicated was done so in such interesting and thought provoking ways. There were tour guides dressed in period pieces telling stories that captivated all who listenedl

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This morning we toured this wonderful museum which seems not to be so well known. The current exhibits on children's' author, Mo Willems, Picasso's painted scenery for ballet, and anti-Semitism in pre -World War II Germany were interesting, as are the permanent collection including old photos and a fair amount of materials from the life of ALexander Hamilton. Recommended even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Children's Museum in basement. Special exhibit of Mo Willems - children book author - is presently on. Folk Art collection is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a native New Yorker and have visited this museum many times. The museum's focus is on historical aspects of New York City history whether it be politics, famous New Yorkers, ethnic groups living here, essentially all things pertaining to New York City and New York State. They renovated the museum a few years back and it has a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This smaller museum is an often overlooked jewel in the crown of Manhattan’s offerings. It has four floors with an acclaimed library that boasts the Audubon original watercolors. The fourth floor contains a myriad of artifacts but is currently under renovation. Many of the items are now distributed throughout other floors. “A Summer of Alexander Hamilton” is being featured this... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is beautiful The tour guide, Jean was very enthusiastic but there is hardly any exhibits there . We had gone hoping to see a history of NY and wish that we had read the TA reviews. We had been recommended by a volunteer from another very highly visited art gallery so believed her. Possibly if it had been... More 

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koconnor1022, Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed by your recent visit to the New-York Historical Society. New York Story, our eighteen-minute theatrical media experience, provides an overview of the history of New York City, and numerous objects from our permanent collection are on display throughout the museum to show what life was like for previous generations of New Yorkers. New... More 

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