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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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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...more
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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

My son is 13 years old and he looks even younger for his age. I didn't think I needed to declare that he was a child. We had a good time, in particular the interactive children's wing in the lower level. Over all it was...More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience, and we apologize for the mistake. Please contact our Visitor Services supervisor at info@nyhistory.org for a reimbursement. It is not our policy to charge adult prices for children. We hope you will visit the New-York Historical Society again in...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018

I was really excited about this museum. I love local history museums that focus on telling the story of the city through exhibits. I thought this museum would be like the Chicago Historical Museum or the Museum of London, which were amazing and got me...More

Thank Matthew M
Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed by your recent visit to the New-York Historical Society. We carefully plan our permanent collection and rotating exhibitions to share different perspectives on our nation's history. The exhibition you mentioned, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, explores...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Little letdown for such a accomplished community. The layout is odd, the exhibition is below expectation of such a city's history and citizens. Its not worth the time if you are in a limited time.More

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Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

We're sorry to hear your visit to the New-York Historical Society didn't meet with your expectations. Our goal is to tell important stories New York and the nation's past because, as our tagline says, history matters. All visitors are greeted with a map to help...More

Reviewed 11 June 2018

NYC has a fabulous story and this museum weaves it on so many levels. It's walkable, accessible, well laid out, spacious and interesting. Excellent guides will engage if you ask and leave you be if you wish to ponder. The Tiffany exhibit on the top...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I went here thinking I would get info on NYC history. Other than an 18 minute film, there was not much to see. There was a good temp exhibit about Norman Rockwell, but hardly anything else. Plus the entrance fee is $20. I would definitely...More

Thank Rugbyjello
Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed by your recent visit to the New-York Historical Society. Across our four floors, the Museum tells the story of New York through its permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Our fourth floor showcases 100 dazzling Tiffany Lamps, the Center...More

Reviewed 5 June 2018

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library offers visitors a complete one-of-a-kind experience featuring New York's history and art. Schedule your visit

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

It is strange that in tree NY travellers guides I have, none of them refers to this museum whilst this museum is a must see !!!! Permanent and temporary exhibitions are both amazing. In particular the collection of Tiffany lamps is astonishing. Idem dito for...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

My husband and I visited during our trip to NYC as museum entry was included in the bus pass we had bought. We visited on a very wet day, so it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours while getting out of...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Great collection of all things historical about NYC. Some of the old manuscripts are fascinating. Don't forget to look at the portraits of early New York leaders. May be a bit dry for the youngest children - but the guides do a wonderful job of...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Great show of shoes at the NY Historical Society. Comprised of shoes dating back to the 1800’s to the present, and includes designs by high school design students. And the Tiffany lamp collection is awesome!! The restaurant is fantastic and the gift shop is one...More

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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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31 August 2018|
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Response from Marybeth I | Property representative |
Yes, in the Audubon Birds of America Focus Gallery, there is a rotating display of Audubon's watercolor models along with other works from New-York Historical’s collection of Auduboniana.
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