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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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  • Poor3%
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“tiffany lamps” (59 reviews)
“vietnam war” (20 reviews)
“minute film” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
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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+1 212-873-3400
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"tiffany lamps"
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"vietnam war"
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"minute film"
in 23 reviews
"central park west"
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"on display"
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"the hudson river school"
in 14 reviews
"permanent collection"
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"introductory film"
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"audubon prints"
in 10 reviews
"tiffany exhibit"
in 10 reviews
"new york"
in 180 reviews
"toy train"
in 7 reviews
"current exhibit"
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"wonderful exhibits"
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"children's section"
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"exhibits change"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time here. Very nice museum. Some good NYC historical displays and descriptions. I am a vintage toy and military guy so I did gravitate to those displays, but there were plenty of other displays that gave me the feeling of walking through an antique...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum more or less across the street from the Natural History Museum. I think it is a little jewel. On a recent visit it was showing a short film about women who changed things, had an exhibit on shoes for a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

New York is the best with so many different cultures different people new work is my heart ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The NY Historial Society houses first-rate exhibits on such diverse topics as feathers in fashion history (millenary fashions, that is) and historic tenements on the Lower East Side. The restaurant offers a really nice lunch menu. Very enjoyable.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Lots of different things to see and learn. There is something for everyone to enjoy!! It was very nice to see and I’m very glad I went( it came with are bus tour!)

Thank ltanzola
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

i was blown away by the fabulous collection of Tiffany lamps that are on display in this gem of a museum. There was a special display about the Vietnam war, which was very informative and thought-provoking. There is a very informative introductory film that explained...More

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Although I’ve lived in NYC my whole life, there is always something new to discover, and this museum offers new discoveries. The location is perfect. It’s directly across the street from Central Park, across the street from the Museum of Natural History, and just a...More

Thank Andrea R
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

On a recent visit there was a lot to see on just two floors. Our main reason for coming was the extraordinary Viet Nam exhibit on the first floor (see photo). Despite the fact that this period in our history has been extensively covered, this...More

Thank TeamMan
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The New York Historical Society Museum was a very pleasant and rewarding surprise in the middle of a hustling city. Once you go through the doors and enter the inner sanctum, you leave the noise and fast-paced city behind and enter a tranquil repository of...More

Thank Sharon F C
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I expected this place to be a museum with lots of old things and to be very out of date. There were actually several exhibits, all of which (both permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary) that were all interesting in their own way. My favorite was the...More

Thank schmayla98
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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.
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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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