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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
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+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for the Eloise show - which was perfect - and ended up seeing the rest of the museum. Unlike some other museums, this one is not crowded and you can see it all without wearing yourself out. Great little gift show and coffee shop,...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love American history--some of the artifacts on display intrigued me. Many of the Tiffany glass pieces were designed by a woman - I loved seeing her get the credit!

Thank marymyles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much more than I was expecting. A world class museum with heaps of fascinating stuff and an impressive collection of artifacts explaining a well rounded view of the history of the city. Excellent 18 minute flim on NY history included with admission. Admission was relatively...More

1  Thank DrBobQA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in New York most of my life and never went here. Big mistake. The NY Historical Society Museum is a gem. The Eloise (of the Plaza fame) and Editta Sherman (who knew you could live in Carnegie Hall?) exhibits were terrific as was...More

1  Thank Watsson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well-maintained, interesting exhibits overall but the collection is marred somewhat by its disjointed nature and display. Worth a visit, just don't expect any sort of comprehensive tie-in between exhibits. Overpriced even by NYC standards for what the return is. Clean restrooms and friendly employees

Thank KuhnsGuy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tiffany lamp collection is worth a visit, but the rest of the museum was not worthwhile, making the $16 admission for a senior a little steep. We also visited the library, which was free, to research my boyfriend's grandfather's residence in NYC. The staff...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited museum in morning not busy ,great film on the story of New York (20 minute ) Only 7 people in large auditorium.Their exhibit on the Vietnam War was closed for refurbishment,big disappointment. There are many art mural exhibitions and an inter active children's exhibition.

Thank PrestonpansEast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We entered the New York Historical Society on the north side of the building on 77th. Street where there is a wheelchair ramp. Once inside the building we paid the admission fee and proceeded to the 4th floor. One of the major reasons we wanted...More

1  Thank janc468
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a little bit of everything in this museum. I choose to look at Tiffany lamps, the hall of Silver, the whimsy of Eloise and a few other things.

1  Thank Harriet M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The New York Historical Museum and Library just keeps getting better. It dazzles with a 20-minute film about the city on a mammoth screen and has greatly enlarged its exhibition space with new fourth-floor offerings, especially an exhibit of Tiffany lampshades and silver. It between...More

Thank Reggie293
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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
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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.
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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
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