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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
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US$99,00*
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The New York Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #105 of 1 122 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well-maintained, interesting exhibits overall but the collection is marred somewhat by its disjointed nature and display. Worth a visit, just don't expect any sort of comprehensive tie-in between exhibits. Overpriced even by NYC standards for what the return is. Clean restrooms and friendly employees

Thank KuhnsGuy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tiffany lamp collection is worth a visit, but the rest of the museum was not worthwhile, making the $16 admission for a senior a little steep. We also visited the library, which was free, to research my boyfriend's grandfather's residence in NYC. The staff was very helpful, and the resources were very extensive. It was an informative visit.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited museum in morning not busy ,great film on the story of New York (20 minute )
Only 7 people in large auditorium.Their exhibit on the Vietnam War was closed for refurbishment,big disappointment. There are many art mural exhibitions and an inter active children's exhibition.

Thank PrestonpansEast
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We entered the New York Historical Society on the north side of the building on 77th. Street where there is a wheelchair ramp. Once inside the building we paid the admission fee and proceeded to the 4th floor. One of the major reasons we wanted to go was the Tiffany Lamp Exhibit, It is in a truly exception gallery with 2 levels. The only downside was that the wheelchair lift was not working so my husband was only able to see the first level. After that we went to the exhibit of the photography of the Duchess of Carnegie Hall, Editta Sherman. Fantastic celebrity photographs, mostly in black and white. Also a constantly looping movie featuring Editta talking about her life in her quarters in Carnegie Hall. On the 1st floor we watched a movie on the history of New York City and used the interactive display boards that explain the paintings and historic objects on display. We also paid a visit to the gift shop. The restrooms were handicapped accessible. We walked there so I can't speak to the parking situation.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is a little bit of everything in this museum. I choose to look at Tiffany lamps, the hall of Silver, the whimsy of Eloise and a few other things.

1  Thank Harriet M
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