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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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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...more
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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

The magic is right there, upon entry: you stumble into part of David Copperfield's magical collection: from posters to costumes to actual tools of the trade, to Houdini's props, it's all there: informative and entertaining. The Mad Hatter is another story: he's on the Second...More

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed July 10, 2018

A lovely museum on Central Park West. Last week they had a Magic exhibit with David Copperfield and Houdini displays, Tiffany lamps and a variety of fascinating things to see plus two excellent movies about the history of York City. The museum restaurant is delightful...More

Thank Carly1Esq
Reviewed July 4, 2018

The New-York Historical Society is just a few blocks from where we were staying. Being history nerds and never having visited, we spent a few hours touring the exhibits. The building itself is impressive, with a large atrium and several storeys above. My spouse and...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

I have to start this review by mentioning the lovely helpful young women behind the member desk who guided me through my Groupon purchase and helped me with navigating the museum and also a more convenient subway route then the one I had come on....More

Thank nancy h
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

The NY Historical Society always has interesting new exhibits and short films. It is a relatively small museum, easily visited in a couple of hours. Christmas time boasts wonderful trains and antique toys and has a special holiday atmosphere. It is a pleasant, manageable building,...More

Thank merle2525
Reviewed June 30, 2018

A museum that shows off NYC relevance. Saw the Tiffany Lamp exhibit. Now I understand HOW these lamps were make and the beauty of them. Saw a Norman Rockwell / Sat Eve Post collection from the early 20's to much later with descriptions. Saw the...More

Thank ronsF6171VH
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Our first visit to this gem of a museum....what took so long? The Norman Rockwell Four Freedom paintings were the feature exhibit: don't miss it....a moving reminder of the nation we once were and hopefully, might b again. Also the Tiffany exhibit. Easy to navigate...allow...More

1  Thank SAILSOC381
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Everything was nicely curated with just enough information so as not to be overwhelming. The Norman Rockwell exhibit was great . They have a lovely gift shop too. Well worth the $21 entry fee. Plan to spend about 90 minutes in the museum. Will return...More

Thank travchef
Reviewed June 25, 2018

If you love the artwork of Norman Rockwell you will love the main temporary exhibit now at this, the oldest museum in New York City. The permanent exhibits are also very good as are the two films they are currently playing. The Rockwell exhibit concentrates...More

2  Thank LWL3333
Reviewed June 25, 2018

My mom got me into this museum and it's just great. They have awesome rotating exhibits and include "recent history" which I think helps us to remember that every day we're making history. The shop and cafe are nice, too. Wonderful way to spend an...More

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a
quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of
downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the
city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the
American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center,
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August 31, 2018|
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Response from Marybeth I | Property representative |
Yes, in the Audubon Birds of America Focus Gallery, there is a rotating display of Audubon's watercolor models along with other works from New-York Historical’s collection of Auduboniana.
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.
Destinee L
February 4, 2015|
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Response from koconnor1022 | Property representative |
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