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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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“vietnam war” (18 reviews)
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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
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although originally from New York, now from Massachusetts - I had never been to this museum. What a treat! Excellent exhibits - JFK photographs, the Vietnam War, Tiffany glass. The two movies were well done - very informative and entertaining with many little-know facts. We...More

Thank Judy L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful facility, especially the auditorium. But odd. Emphasis is on exhibits with no New York aspect. Big Vietnam war exhibit. Not something of interest to me. Would be good for someone with no knowledge of the war. Great exhibit on a WW II era illustrator...More

Thank dougA7389DT
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We went for the Vietnam exhibit which was overwhelming. Having served in the military during Vietnam, it brought back extensive memories, some very difficult. For younger folks who don't have first-hand memories, it is a wonderful explanation of the lead-up to the war, the justifications...More

Thank vpoleshuck
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Extraordinary exhibit on the Vietnam war. It should be must viewing for all Americans. Excellent job of organizing, curating, and presenting this difficult topic in a way that is authentic and easy to understand. When in the building, be sure to view the films in...More

Thank rbwriter
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The exhibit on Vietnam is extremely well done. We enjoyed the JFK photo exhibit and the exhibit on women's suffrage. The restaurant is great with nice wine selections. This place is a gem.

Thank Tom N
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Wonderful exhibit on Vietnam war. The Tiffany exhibit is somewhat interactive and the lighter display in the lobby is interesting. There was a great curated exhibit on Arthur Sytk which everyone should see!

Thank Deborahc90
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum of New York history and art. We started with the two films: We Rise and New York Story. They’re offered on a huge screen in a comfortable auditorium. Each is about 18 minutes and either offered on the hour or...More

Thank Feenixwest
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I spent a wonderful four hours there today and will be returning soon as there was so much more to see. I started off watching the two movies "We rise" and New York Story, which gives the history of the city The auditorium has a...More

3  Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 16 December 2017

A little something for everyone. Kids would love the train exhibit and the tiffany exhibit. We enjoyed it all. JFK exhibit, Vietnam war exhibit, voting rights, Tiffany lamps - it was all intriguing. A real superb museum that more people should be talking about.

Thank Chicagoehc
Reviewed 16 December 2017

I never went here in my decades of NY visits. Was attracted by a notice in the New Yorker for exhibit: Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art. Saw this great and serious cartoonist as well as a beautiful collection of Tiffany lamps, Kennedy story, and the...More

2  Thank Nancy2005
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