New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsChildren's MuseumsHistory Museums
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. These efforts to help forge the future by documenting the past join New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Center for Women’s History. Digital exhibitions, apps, and our For the Ages podcast make it possible for visitors everywhere to dive more deeply into history. Vaccination against COVID-19 and face masks are recommended.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: 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, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 5 min walk
  • 72nd St • 5 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of Displays, Wonderful Resource
    It's a beautiful building with a lot inside. We came for the Leyendecker expo which was much hyped, oversold, and more than a bit over-analyzed. Good art, but worth about 30 minutes. Lots of other things here, lots of treasures and we only touched the surface. Some odd things like a replica of the Oval Office. Why in New York?? And in too many areas the display was lacking in depth. Still a wonderful resource.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • GailBeatty
    Flushing, New York17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NY Historical Society Museum is a Must See!
    My husband and I visited the NY Historical society today. We highly recommend it. It's easily accessed by subway, and right across from Central Park. We spent close to 3 hours and there is so much to see we couldn't cover it all. Must sees, in no particular order, are the gallery of Tiffany lamps, Kay Walking Stick /Hudson River School, Acts of Faith and the American West, Enchanting Imagination: The Objets d’Art of André Chervin and Carvin French Jewelers and Women's Work. There's lots more, but we couldn't stay longer and are sure we'll be back.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 25, 2023
  • WPLandry
    Fairfax, Virginia548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Indredible!
    This museum is often overshadowed by the larger Museum of Natural History nearby. However, this place should not be missed. I am embarrased to say this was our first time visiting and we've been to the city many times. It will not be our last! There is so much to see and learn and the exhibits span across many topics from art to history to engineering. There is something for everyone. I would absolutely recommend a visit here.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • V R
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum- Hidden Gem!
    The name of the museum is a bit misleading. Most historical societies are small and just focus on their own town. While this museum had a couple of exhibits focused on nyc history, there was so much more than that. The Tiffany lamp exhibit was amazing! It had about 50 gorgeous lamps, displayed in a beautiful setting. There were a couple exhibits that placed old famous pieces of art next to recent pieces to encourage visitors to compare/contrast. Some other exhibits featured: presidents, the Oval Office, American history, women’s history, Tiffany silver, etc. There are three floors of exhibits in this beautiful building. There’s also a library for doing research, but it was closed when we were there. We spent about three hours and did not see everything.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 23, 2024
  • Iambic
    Vancouver, Washington464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the Tiffany
    The historical society museum has an outstanding collection of Tiffany lamps, with lots of information about their creation. A must for any fan of the period. The society is not where to go, however, to learn about the history of New York City. That’s the Museum of the City of New York. The society has an eclectic collection of exhibits: more art than history, but good learning experiences through the art. There’s also a replica of the Oval Office where you can have your picture taken behind the desk.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,569 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wide variety of exhibits, beautifully curated. Tremendous Kay WalkingStick exhibit!
    There are dozens of exhibits, with a tremendous range for people interested in a wide variety of subjects: history, art, politics, writing, material culture. We enjoyed the profound work in the Kay WalkingStick exhibit... a native American artist who in this exhibit, created works that are paired with works from the Hudson River School. Superb. Also enjoyed Women's Work, the Tiffany lamps, Lady Pink, Betye Saar and Thomas Cole.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2024
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PGB
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fascinating collections, including a miniature jewelry exhibit, journalist Robert Caro and Tiffany lamps. Eclectic. Fun.
Written April 18, 2024
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There are dozens of exhibits, with a tremendous range for people interested in a wide variety of subjects: history, art, politics, writing, material culture. We enjoyed the profound work in the Kay WalkingStick exhibit... a native American artist who in this exhibit, created works that are paired with works from the Hudson River School. Superb. Also enjoyed Women's Work, the Tiffany lamps, Lady Pink, Betye Saar and Thomas Cole.
Written April 14, 2024
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Iambic
Vancouver, WA464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The historical society museum has an outstanding collection of Tiffany lamps, with lots of information about their creation. A must for any fan of the period.

The society is not where to go, however, to learn about the history of New York City. That’s the Museum of the City of New York.

The society has an eclectic collection of exhibits: more art than history, but good learning experiences through the art. There’s also a replica of the Oval Office where you can have your picture taken behind the desk.
Written March 31, 2024
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V R
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The name of the museum is a bit misleading. Most historical societies are small and just focus on their own town. While this museum had a couple of exhibits focused on nyc history, there was so much more than that. The Tiffany lamp exhibit was amazing! It had about 50 gorgeous lamps, displayed in a beautiful setting. There were a couple exhibits that placed old famous pieces of art next to recent pieces to encourage visitors to compare/contrast. Some other exhibits featured: presidents, the Oval Office, American history, women’s history, Tiffany silver, etc. There are three floors of exhibits in this beautiful building. There’s also a library for doing research, but it was closed when we were there. We spent about three hours and did not see everything.
Written March 23, 2024
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Jay f
New York City, NY32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Panel discussion New York before it was New York (March 20, 2024). Both men spoke well but the woman was incomprehensible. She mumbled and did not finish sentences. She might be a great historian but definitely should avoid commenting in front of a large audience.
Written March 21, 2024
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I spent around 3 hours here and did see some interesting things but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Only one room contains items from the permanent collection (furniture, paintings and various objects) and is arranged thematically to look at different aspects of New York's history. I'm not sure how many of the other displays are permanent or whether they get changed or rotated from time to time, but they were all oddly specific, not of general relevance to New York. I was surprised how many of the displays dealt with the decorative arts - a corridor of silverware, an enormous collection of Tiffany lamps, and a room of fairly modern French objects d'art - which seemed more suited to a design museum. A whole corridor is dedicated to US Presidents - I don't know a lot about American history but apart from a short period in the late 18th century this didn't really seem relevant to New York, and a recreation of the Oval Office is clearly just intended for people to take photos and post on social media! A gallery about Women's Work was general social history, not really about New York. A couple of displays called something like "The women who saved New York" (I might be paraphrasing) were frustrating as they highlighted one woman involved in the campaign to save Washington Square and another involved in the campaign to save historic SoHo architecture - I would prefer to read about these campaigns in general rather than have them shoehorned into a tick-box exercise about gender equality. (And I am a woman, by the way.) One display I did find very interesting was the one using material from the archive of the journalist and biographer Robert Caro. Although I haven't read his books, it was fascinating to see his meticulous notes, drafts and planning schedules and to read about how he conducts his research. This seemed more the sort of display I was expecting in a historical society but perhaps my expectations were wrong! There is also an interesting film about the history of New York which is screened at intervals throughout the day in the auditorium opposite the entrance.
Written March 17, 2024
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ecogirl71
New Jersey87 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
With such a rich history of NYC I would have expected the NY Historical Society Museum to have a lot more on display as a museum. It was more like an art gallery They crammed a bunch of history into one room with some artifacts when I can only imagine the collection they have to spread throughout the space. Such a disappointment. Thought we would spend a couple of hours there and barely made it that long. We're history buffs and really expected more. Special exhibits were meh. If you like Tiffany glass, they have a lot of beautiful lamps.
Written March 10, 2024
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Tim O
Chicago, IL117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Really cool, the Tiffany lamps are awesome, worth the price of admission themselves. Plenty of intriguing things to look at here.
Written January 27, 2024
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WPLandry
Fairfax, VA548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This museum is often overshadowed by the larger Museum of Natural History nearby. However, this place should not be missed. I am embarrased to say this was our first time visiting and we've been to the city many times. It will not be our last! There is so much to see and learn and the exhibits span across many topics from art to history to engineering. There is something for everyone. I would absolutely recommend a visit here.
Written January 7, 2024
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knowsnyc
475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a beautiful building with different exhibits on each floor. The gift shop is great. The floor for children is also good.
Written December 27, 2023
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