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“Museum of the Best City on Earth”

Museum of the City of New York
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Owner description: The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
New York City, New York
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“Museum of the Best City on Earth”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

The Museum of the City of NY is a gr8 museum with gr8 exhibits. Right now there's a graffiti exhibit called City As Canvas & a photography exhibit about civil rights demonstrations in NYC throughout the 20th century. Both exhibits are compelling & fun, especially the graffiti exhibit, which is a blatant attempt to get a younger crowd into the museum, but so what? Nothing wrong with that. One of my favorite items in the wonderful gift shop is always the museum's own yearly calendar full of vintage NYC photographs. The only time I know of that entry to this museum is free is during the Museum Mile Fest every June, but it's well worth a visit here, even if you have to pay to get in.

Visited February 2014
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“Content Interesting, Most by Specific Themes”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

There is a movie that is very interesting about the history of the City. Everything else is by few temporary subjects.
There could be more in depth about some historical events that were very important, the feeling is that the essence of the City is not captured in an encompassing way.

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Only when you go in do you realise that half of the museum is closed. Not worth the cab fare or entrance fee.

Visited February 2014
Thank Selina W
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San Francisco, California
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“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

I went here primarily for the graffiti exhibit and was pleasantly surprised by the other offerings. There was a really cool video about the history of NYC, in addition to exhibits highlighting NYC activism throughout time and hurricane Sandy.
Although a small museum, I would happily pay another $10 to see these exhibits again. Super cool!

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I had never heard of this museum, but had a wonderful visit. No need to complain about the cost of this museum. The “entrance fee” is a suggested donation. Since I was with a group, we paid the suggested donation and received tickets for a free gelato. There are several rotating exhibits, and the museum also has a very well stocked gift shop. The staff was friendly and very well informed.
The Gilded Age Exhibit was fascinating because of some of the unusual objects that were chosen (don’t miss the cane). Before you enter the exhibit there were also two screens showing photos of well-known people dressed in elaborate costumes for some of the famous parties during this period. In addition two ladies’ dresses for a costume ball were part of the exhibit.

Visited January 2014
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