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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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170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

An uncrowded, uncluttered, manageable sized museum near the Museum of Natural History that has a variety of exhibits that will likely have at least some that will appeal to each visitor. I found the one on the history of New York City especially interesting!

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Out of towners like myself might overlook the New York Historical Society Museum and Library in favor of more famous and conventional museums. There were so many unique exhibits-- temporary and permanent--something to appeal to all kinds of visitors. If you're reading this in July,...More

2  Thank YourLadyMother
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We went there to specifically see the JFK exhibit but were pleasantly surprised with all the other ones too. We spent a couple of hours taking in all the different areas and learning about the city. We enjoyed the 18 minute movie with a perspective...More

2  Thank Winterrvtraveler
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Wonderful Structure located upper West side of Manhattan! Great for kids and everyone! Fabulous exhibits and a great place to learn History! Do not miss this great Venue!

1  Thank Marilyn b
Reviewed 13 July 2017

The layout of this museum was fantastic. We started at the top and worked our way down. The exhibits were thorough and interactive. We got to pick up, touch interact with the exhibit. It really brought it alive for us. As it was Women's History...More

1  Thank Mollie S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Saw an Ad for World War 1 exhibit and decided to go before The Met. Very pleased. World War exhibit was different than I thought but was excellently done; great art work and period posters. Other exhibits were great as well. I highly recommend a...More

Thank Rjn1968
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

An EXTREMELLY rude security guard at the entrace made me change my mind about visiting this place. I took a walk at the park instead.More

Thank John D
Marybeth I, Public Relations Manager at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

We are sorry to hear about your experience. We work hard to create an inviting environment for our visitors to have an pleasant time while learning about history and New York City. We expect our staff to be courteous at all times, so that patrons...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

I love the history detective briefcase! I appreciate the strategy of learning more about the featured showcases through a game/challenge! It was nice seeing families, old and young tackling the content of the briefcase! I had Eloise and book signing session in my visit, too!...More

Thank Educ8mode
Reviewed 4 July 2017

CELEBRATING 4th of JULY at the NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY along Central Park was educational & zany fun. Balloons appareling the life-size bronze of Abraham Lincoln in the entrance-way signaled the day's lively activities & entrance was free for young people. Traditional & cutting-edge merge...More

1  Thank VKMc
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We went specifically to see the "Saving Washington" exhibit, which we enjoyed. I especially enjoyed learning more about Dolley Madison, an interesting Founding Mother. This is a very slick, polished museum that is trying hard to entertain and inform simultaneously. There were lots of interactive...More

1  Thank Tracy K
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.
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