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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
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10:00 am - 8:00 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
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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!

SUMMER 2015

"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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Very nice musuem - main galleries and shop closed for renovation

We will definitely come back to see more of the collection when the renovations are completed. It is well done and interesting. The children's section is excellent!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We will definitely come back to see more of the collection when the renovations are completed. It is well done and interesting. The children's section is excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They have the most interesting current exhibits and is a great place to understand the city. It takes a couple of visits to see everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here on a rainy morning in June 2016. Enjoyed the visit, especially the 30 minute video about the history of NYC. It was a lot quieter than other museums we visited so we were able to take our time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent museum with New York's history. They have very nice photos and stuff of presidential elections. Also, you need to see the video that they have in the theater about city's construction. Incredible

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a terrific place to take in the history of New York, from artifacts embedded in the floor, to fabulous portraits/ gallery paintings, hundred year old documents, touch technology which gives the viewer the artifact's history which is really cool, old maps and a decent display of Tiffany Lamps. They also offer a short film on the history and development... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tend to come here every year or two to see their rotating exhibits which are always interesting and informative and cover some aspect of New York City history. The permanent exhibits are good and worth taking a look at along with the movie about the history of NYC. The Summer of Hamilton exhibit displays pieces from their collection associated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 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 August 21, 2016 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 August 20, 2016

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

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit to the New-York Historical Society. Our fourth floor is under renovation and will re-open in spring 2017, and the temporary closure of the film New York Story is noted on our website. From time to time, more than one exhibition is closed to allow for the installation of a new... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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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