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Museum of the City of New York

New York City, NY, USA
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About Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.Housed in a newly renovated 1932 Georgian Colonial-Revival building, the Museum is located at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
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New York City's best museums often have long lines waiting to get inside. But you don't have to worry about wasting your precious vacation time: this pre-booked admission ticket guarantees a hassle-free to the Museum of the City, leaving you with more time to view the exhibits that explore NYC's past, present, and future.
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Natasha T wrote a review Oct 20
Toronto, Canada33 contributions27 helpful votes
Great little museum! The exhibits are all very informative and well done. We'll worth the price of admission. We were even able to get a free guided tour by one of the museum employees. Will be going back on our next trip to finish the exhibits we didn't get to see.
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Mike E wrote a review Oct 16
Casper, Wyoming2 contributions
After several trips to New York, it all finally made sense about unique evolution of this state. Very informative and friendly, professional, and well kept up.
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hrobinson1114 wrote a review Feb 2021
Hopkinsville, Kentucky2411 contributions242 helpful votes
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This museum isn’t the biggest or the fanciest. It’s not on the top of the NYC tourist list. But as someone who has spent a lot of time in NYC, I really appreciate this museum, which focuses on the history of the city. The museum is clean and spacious. The ground floor has a neat 20-ish minute film on NYC and its evolution. There are tons of artfully composed and arranged photography exhibitions showing the daily lives of New Yorkers. There was a colorful, fun basketball exhibit when I went, showing the history of the sport and how it relates to city life. There was a temporary dollhouse exhibit, which didn’t interest me much, but they have many rotating exhibits, and this one will be quickly replaced, so there is something for everyone. There are two large exhibits showing the history/evolution of NYC, from its inception to the 2000s. I loved the modern part of the exhibit, as it showed how the city has weathered racism, the depression, and urban decay. I loved the very large, but not overwhelming, exhibit on activism—everything from battling anti-immigrant/nationalism sentiments, abolition, prohibition, women’s rights, environmental causes, and all the way up until the Black Lives Matter movement. There is also an ongoing exhibition focusing on the COVID 19 pandemic. People from outside NYC would find this very moving. Overall, if you want to get away from the touristy stuff and the crowds, and learn something about NYC, give this a try.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Irish_Lights_Up wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland110 contributions77 helpful votes
Take the time to visit this museum. It tells some ‘hidden histories’ and packs a lot into a relatively small space.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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This museum is housed in a beautiful building on 5th Avenue, very close to the Conservatory Garden in Central Park (which is also worth a visit). The museum is very informative and absolutely worth a visit. I suggest to watch the video on the first floor before seeing the exhibits as it gives a very good overview. We spent most of our time on the floor which shows the history of New York and visited the 'Urban Indian' exhibit, which was absolutely worth seeing. The museum has also a gift shop with very original NYC gifts!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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