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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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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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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We picked up the free pass here from our local library. This is not a museum I would normally visit, but at the library, another patron highly recommended a visit. This place is great! It’s right next the the Museum of Natural History—there www so...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

After visiting this museum before for the New Light on Tiffany Exhibition several years ago, we were recently told about the new installation of the Neustadt Tiffany Lamp Collection and decided to go. WOW!!!! First of all it is not only the finest collection of...More

Thank Anne P
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

I'm so glad we found this museum! Located on the Upper West Side, the NY Historical Society was easy to get to via Subway. Check their website to see what special exhibits are showing. When we visited, we saw an exhibit on Vietnam, but it...More

Thank Rebecca L
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This museum has so much to offer. There are usually several exhibits going on simultaneously so there is something for everyone. Also, the theater is most intimate for "talks" and panel discussions, making it easy to feel you are in their living room. Also, diversity...More

Thank Arlene L
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

I'll be honest, we decided to visit because the weather wasn't so great and my son is obsessed with Alexander Hamilton (and the museum has quite a few Hamilton-related artifacts.) By the end of the visit we had all had a great time! We enjoyed...More

Thank Lorraine S
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The small Children's Museum is a hidden gem in Manhattan. Will definitely keep the kids entertained. I enjoyed the recent exhibit of Tiffany Lamps which was thoughtfully curated.I love the intimacy of this Museum.You can take your time and really enjoy your surroundings unencumbered. A...More

Thank LGingembre
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

My son chose this museum as he is an avid history buff. It’s much smaller than some of the more famous New York museums but it’s a gem. It isn’t near as crowded and can be seen in a couple of hours. The exhibit on...More

Thank Teri F
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This now not-so-hidden gem is a fantastic way to spend a day with kids or without. The Children's Museum is interactive and has fantastic kiosks that make history fun. In addition, keep an eye out for special events. The exhibits geared for adults are beautifully...More

Thank Lucy Victoria P
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

It had been a number of years since we last visited this museum and what a difference. We enjoyed both multi media presentations. 2 hours was only enough time to work our way through “Hotbed” a great exhibit on the struggle for the rights of...More

Thank Jacklyn S
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

The current exhibit on Vietnam Nam is excellent. Overall, much to see and it will require a return visit. In a great area, next door to Musuem of Natural History and across the street from Central park

Thank EmPee2014
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Upper West Side
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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