History Museums in New York City

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History Museums in New York City

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  • travelinspiration
    Dallas, TX245 contributions
    Our family of 5 took a weekday 9am ferry recently (tickets in advance, best time to go!!) and the journey was very easy to both Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis. You only need max 30 minutes at Ellis unless tracing family history (which we didn't have), but if first trip to NYC it's a must visit/esp if love history! We had a private guide which made it even better (see review).
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • wendaroolie
    Philadelphia, PA65 contributions
    I loved it here. Wonderful museum. Tiffany lamps exhibit was extraordinary, as was the third floor permanent collection. So much to see. Had no idea all this was here. Loved this and will return happily and hopefully soon. I wish they had more t-shirts in the gift shop with the museum name on them. Great restaurant attached, and across the street from the natural history museum. And across from Central Park! Winning day.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • UKtravellers
    16 contributions
    Great fun - our kids loved it and we had a good time too. Took us about 1.5 hours. Would definitely recommend.
    Written July 23, 2022
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  • SaraRichards
    London, UK235 contributions
    Pretty rooms and intriguing kitchens aren't enough - you need to be able to bring the past to life, and the interpreters do this brilliantly, with a lot of passion. They've done their research, too.
    Written June 25, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,416 contributions
    Build sort of like a fortress, maybe a castle of money. Lots of power in this grand building that we stumbled upon while walking from Wall Street to City Hall.
    Written January 1, 2022
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  • time_traveler99
    Montreal, Canada182 contributions
    You first see many artifacts, then a short film, then carnival games. Some of the games are fun, some are not. The surprise at the end is FUN and then there’s the bar. I recommend having an adult beverage before going in. It’s clean and not pornographic but still light and fun. I’m st8 but it’s also LGBTQ friendly and very sex positive.
    Written July 9, 2022
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  • Jennifer F
    2 contributions
    We paid for a private tour, to make sure we got all of the information about George
    Washington! Our docent was very knowledgeable and sweet. The museum is a hidden gem. We also had lunch at the tavern, which is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to have the chicken pot pie- George's favorite!
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • Jonathan Chan
    La Jolla, California, USA249 contributions
    A great NPS historic site seeing the birthplace and childhood home of US President Teddy Roosevelt and lots of displays about his early life.
    Written March 22, 2022
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  • TennisStar602
    Florida407 contributions
    I had not been to South Street Seaport since I was probably ten (10) or eleven (11) years old. From my childhood, I remember the restaurants and my meal of steamed clams. It was really interesting to go back to this free attraction over twenty (20) years later. The area felt safe to me and it was full of shops and upscale dining options. There were also boat tours nearby. The views of Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Bridge were fantastic. It was nice to walk on the piers during a hot early April afternoon. Yet, it is difficult to get parking in this area, especially if one is looking for free parallel parking on the street. It is easy to walk from South Street Seaport to the Battery, to Chinatown, or to Wall Street.
    Written April 7, 2021
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  • Cindy
    1 contribution
    Not to be missed! I've been walking by for years and always intrigued with this lovely house on the hill. Being in the holiday spirit, I went yesterday, and couldn't be more pleased with the experience. I was welcomed by two lovely ladies, Meg and Carol, and felt like I was visiting family. Carol the volunteer, was knowledgeable and you can feel her passion when she takes you back to a wonderful time in N.Y. I learned so much and can't wait to share this great find! I think I'll go back in Spring. Cindy
    Written February 15, 2020
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  • Kuvasz1988
    Saint Paul, MN905 contributions
    If you are lover of dogs, this place is a must. It is not to large and can be managed in 2 hours. Great breed information and exhibits. Must visit
    Written June 12, 2022
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  • Leo_mcg
    London, UK3 contributions
    Unique collection of artefacts brought to life by your host, Denny.

    The items alone are worth the entry, but it's Denny's knowledge and enthusiasm that really make it unmissable!

    No spoilers
    Written July 4, 2019
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  • leonien1
    New York City, NY8 contributions
    I enjoy going to the Center for Jewish History which provides a range of topics based on Jewish
    history, current events and musical performances.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • skyisblu
    Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
    Recently opened, as evident by the still-present closed-off construction areas, the Statue of Liberty Museum gives all the history of the conception, creation and reception of the great green lady in river. Exhibits include an inside look at how the statue is build to withstand the the weather, how its copper "skin" in only at thick at 2 pennies. You can see and touch replicas of its ear, foot and face, and walk around the original glass torch that once lit the way for immigrants coming to America. There is no fee to enter, so the place is packed with people, and the interior is small, so a little patience to approach the displays is recommended. Don't miss out on the rooftop viewing deck, offering great unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline and Ellis Island. You can access the roof via the outdoor stairs next to the main entrance to the museum.
    Written April 22, 2020
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  • loren m
    stamford41 contributions
    I saw the theatrical recreation of James Joyce's "The Dead 1904" in an immersive theater experience including a sit down dinner with the actors at the American Irish Historical Society. It was the perfect venue for the interactive play, with the rooms set up as parlors, dining rooms and bedrooms. Its a small building but well worth the trip. This show is golden and they do it every year during November and December. A wonderful experience in a great venue. Next year I'll stop across the street at the Met first!
    Written December 13, 2018
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