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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 1 week ago

We were visiting the nearby Swedish Cottage Marionette theater in Central Park and were looking for other things to do in the area. We have gone to the Natural History Museum tons of times and had an excellent time. We have passed the front the...More

Thank Jemlnlx
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't have the energy or time to visit a huge museum so I went to the Historical Museum & Library. What a lovely surprise! It is small and manageable and has some great displays. The Tiffany lamps and the Hotbed exhibits were my favorites....More

Thank deborahm930
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank LovetoWalk51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank NeedsNEscape
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank TravelAgentWendy
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
September 30, 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
February 5, 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