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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
+1 212-873-3400
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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 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. 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! Hungry for more? The New-York Historical Society is your neighborhood destination for food and drink, whether you're grabbing a breakfast bite and a delicious cup of coffee at Parliament Coffee & Espresso Bar, or you're looking to relax with a delectable lunch and dinner and a glass of wine at Storico. Then explore the NYHistory Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The New York Historical Society museum is a hidden gem that lets you concentrate more thoroughly compared to some of the larger museums where you can quickly become overwhelmed. We especially enjoyed the Bill Cunningham exhibit, a New York Times fashion photographer. On permanent display...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently got a membership for the New-York Historical Society (in advance of their sold out Harry Potter exhibit) and do not regret it. The exhibits are well curated but small enough that we can see a whole bunch of things in one visit. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely make time to visit if you are a tourist or resident. Beautiful Tiffany Lamp exhibit and always a movie to view as well as lots more paintings and collectibles. Photographs of celebrities and by celebrities. Well worth the effort. Lovely food (restaurant) and bookstore,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With the shoe exhibit of shoes owned by shoe designer Stewart Weisman and the Rockwell exhibit we were happy to spend the day enjoying one of my favorite places in NYC. You can always learn new some new history here. A great place to visit...More

Thank Lauren S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a hodgepodge of items with minimal cohesiveness and a relatively high admission price. The exhibits are sparse, some of them are drab. This might be a good place for NYC locals who have exhausted the list of better museums.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to feel old fashioned NYC style, you are in the right place. Very authentic! NYC Historical Society has a great Museum Store where you can get some very NYC style souvenirs. Did not visit museum's cafe but looks like a cute place...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This lesser-known gen and neighbor of the American museum of Natural Hidtory is a real find! Although I went as an educator for a teacher workshop, anyone can view the exhibits currently available. I did the one on shoes, two weeks ago I took a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Someone invited me to lunch at Storico, the museum restaurant. I arrived early and so decided to explore the NY Historical Society. I'll be coming back for sure. Both the permanent and temporary exhibitions are well-presented, interesting, and visually pleasing. The more you already know,...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 10 July 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

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American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
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jeffrey t
30 September 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.
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Destinee L
5 February 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
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