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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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Address: 170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024-5152
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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Interesting history museum

We really liked this museum because it was all about New York. The people, places and the history. Great cafe for a drink or lunch/dinner.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Laura M
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We really liked this museum because it was all about New York. The people, places and the history. Great cafe for a drink or lunch/dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Called into the Historical Society cafe after a hot & crowded visit to Central Park. Great food & drinks in an upmarket environment. We visited the museum. Knowledgeable guides in period costume displayed exhibits. Two floors of interesting exhibits, art & photography. We were unaware of the museum before we chanced upon it but it is well worth visiting. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the 4th floor permanent exhibit was closed as was the 30 min movie about the history of NYC . There was no mention of the movie being unavailable on the website the reenactment actors were very knowledgeable and outgoing which was a big plus good for a short visit and also for young kids as one floor has a section... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was lucky they were exhibiting some pop pieces like the Original Adam West Batmobile. Pros: Temporal and permanent exhibitions Great permanent collection Good value Nice coffee shop Cons: Few toilets Recommended when nearby central park

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I seem to visit this museum every 18 months or so. It’s not a major museum but the exhibits change often enough to make it worthwhile to stop in for an hour or two. This summer it’s the Alexander Hamilton exhibit. Get a map from their information desk and go on a treasure hunt of items around... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their main gallery is closed, and according to their website, items are placed throughout the museum. Not true! So if you want to see Hudson River paintings, George Washington's camp cot, Clement Moore's desk or antique board games, you will be severely disappointed, as none of these are on display. They should be ashamed to charge $20.00 for hardly anything... More 

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear your visit to the New-York Historical Society didn't meet your expectations. While our fourth floor is currently undergoing renovations and will re-open in March 2017, we continue to offer three floors of rotating exhibitions and approximately 500 objects from our permanent collection that tell the story of 400 years of New York City's history. Objects, like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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