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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: 10:00 - 18:00
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 10 November 2017

The museum has a great variety of exhibits and shows. It is located on the Upper West side and a great activity for a cold rainy day!

Thank Lal0s
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The World War I exhibit was great.For me the highlight of the museum was the Tiffany lamp collection which was fantastic.I also took a guided tour when I arrived which I would recommend to anyone visiting for the first time.This museum is certainly one of...More

Thank Josh E
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The recent renovation of the fourth floor to display of the Museum's Tiffany lamp collection is what drew me to visit. I was not disappointed! The 100 plus illuminated lamps are stunning and beautifully displayed! Recently it was discovered that Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), who was...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Born and raised in nyc and never got to the historical society until this past weekend when I had the opportunity of going and seeing the Vietnam exhibit and now feel badly at all the great exhibits i must have missed over the years. If...More

Thank animaleyedoc
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Over a long weekend, we decided to see only two museums, both located off of Central Park. The one side has the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the other side has the New York Historical Society Museum. It happens to be next to the more...More

2  Thank NeedsNEscape
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Downstairs a lovely little museum documenting the history of NYC - filled with objects found in the attics of the city's elite. Upstairs: classic films on Friday nights and weeknight talks by fascinating people from all walks of life - hear from our country's intelligence...More

Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

It's a really decent museum stop. Lots of great information on the history and formation of the city. It's not a huge museum, but it's a good hour of touring.

Thank Bernardo F
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

There are always wonderful special exhibits and lectures in addition to the permanent collections. The size is just right, too!

Thank TravelAgentWendy
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Great little museum. We saw several exhibitions on the Vietnam War, The Duchess of Carnegie Hall, Tiffany Lamp and Objects from the Collection. Absolutely enjoyed the experience and our lunch in the cafe. It wasn't on my radar and it should have been - very...More

Thank Lyndall L
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I went recently to the NYHS Museum to see the Exhibit on the Viet Nam War, which brought back many memories and terminology from the 60s and 70s. It was excellent and was balanced in its approach to the war and its effects on our...More

1  Thank WestSideKid
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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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