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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park West, 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
170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Over a long weekend, we decided to see only two museums, both located off of Central Park. The one side has the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other side has the New York Historical Society Museum. It happens to be next to the more...More

1  Thank NeedsNEscape
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Downstairs a lovely little museum documenting the history of NYC - filled with objects found in the attics of the city's elite. Upstairs: classic films on Friday nights and weeknight talks by fascinating people from all walks of life - hear from our country's intelligence...More

Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed 20 October 2017

It's a really decent museum stop. Lots of great information on the history and formation of the city. It's not a huge museum, but it's a good hour of touring.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

There are always wonderful special exhibits and lectures in addition to the permanent collections. The size is just right, too!

Thank TravelAgentWendy
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Great little museum. We saw several exhibitions on the Vietnam War, The Duchess of Carnegie Hall, Tiffany Lamp and Objects from the Collection. Absolutely enjoyed the experience and our lunch in the cafe. It wasn't on my radar and it should have been - very...More

Thank Lyndall L
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I went recently to the NYHS Museum to see the Exhibit on the Viet Nam War, which brought back many memories and terminology from the 60s and 70s. It was excellent and was balanced in its approach to the war and its effects on our...More

1  Thank WestSideKid
Reviewed 16 October 2017

excellent film about the development of the city great café with good range of newspapers even open on Mondays when museum closed, friendly staff and fab gift shop exhibitions interesting - szyk drawings extraordinary! special entrance rate if you are an educator - don't be...More

Thank JaneFlood
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Wanted to see the Vietnam War exhibition which was well done. Also saw the JFK photos and the Szyk drawings (highly recommended). This museum continues to do an excellent job. Planning to return to visit the Tiffany lamps on the the 4th floor. Don't miss...More

Thank WestchesterP2
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This is what I liked from the Current Highlights: -The Vietnam War on the 1st floor. I found the exhibit truthful and not politicized. Only, it was missing the Refugees that followed. -Gallery of Tiffany lamps, samples, plus their history -The Duchess of Carnegie Hall...More

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Wanted to see the Tiffany lamps, the JFK photo exhibition, and all the rest. Loved it! An amazing place. Beautiful space. Wonderful history and architecture. Enjoyed the Editta Sherman photo exhibition. Didn't have enough time to take in the Vietnam exhibit. Will return!

1  Thank C H
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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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.
Destinee L
4 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