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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 - 18:00
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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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

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

When i lived in NYC, this was my favorite medium size museum, and it keeps getting better. The museum caters to the entire family. From the children's museum in the basement to the Tiffany Exhibit on the top floor, the museum always has new exhibits...More

Thank Kevin B
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

With a great area full of trains & tunnels for kids to visit this is a fun museum full of a conglomeration of several different areas to views. From the Vietnam War to Tiffany's to trains this museum has something for people of all ages...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to learn something. Not crowded. Enjoyed show about Arthur Szyk, illustrator. JFK pictures from Time Inc. print made by Paul Revere. Silver Torah finials by Myer Myers. Movie about city narrated by Streep. Worth a couple hours, for sure.

Thank David Z
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

It was sad we didn't allow enough time to really explore this great museum. We spent an hour and a half in the Tiffany exhibit and it was not only beautiful it was very informative. We will definitely return to see all the other exhibits.

Thank Scott P
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

This is probably not the first museum you would visit on your first trip to NYC, but it should definitely be on your wish list. It is an interesting conglomeration of different exhibits and probably the time to go is when there is a particular...More

Thank DCSVPE
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Upon visiting the museum, first for the "Vietnam," exhibit, then for a private event, you can really see the amazing collections that are on permanent display! Conveniently located, in a beautiful building and grounds, with an excellent staff, you really get a sense of New...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

We specifically went to see the Tiffany lamps exhibit. Breathtaking in their beauty. The room lights were dim so we could behold these lampshades in all their glory. Later we toured other worthwhile exhibits and took in two short films; one about the founding of...More

Thank Alice R
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

We were visiting the nearby Swedish Cottage Marionette theater in Central Park and were looking for other things to do in the area. We have gone to the Natural History Museum tons of times and had an excellent time. We have passed the front the...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

I didn't have the energy or time to visit a huge museum so I went to the Historical Museum & Library. What a lovely surprise! It is small and manageable and has some great displays. The Tiffany lamps and the Hotbed exhibits were my favorites....More

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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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