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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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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This lesser-known gen and neighbor of the American museum of Natural Hidtory is a real find! Although I went as an educator for a teacher workshop, anyone can view the exhibits currently available. I did the one on shoes, two weeks ago I took a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Someone invited me to lunch at Storico, the museum restaurant. I arrived early and so decided to explore the NY Historical Society. I'll be coming back for sure. Both the permanent and temporary exhibitions are well-presented, interesting, and visually pleasing. The more you already know,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The magic is right there, upon entry: you stumble into part of David Copperfield's magical collection: from posters to costumes to actual tools of the trade, to Houdini's props, it's all there: informative and entertaining. The Mad Hatter is another story: he's on the Second...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely museum on Central Park West. Last week they had a Magic exhibit with David Copperfield and Houdini displays, Tiffany lamps and a variety of fascinating things to see plus two excellent movies about the history of York City. The museum restaurant is delightful...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The New-York Historical Society is just a few blocks from where we were staying. Being history nerds and never having visited, we spent a few hours touring the exhibits. The building itself is impressive, with a large atrium and several storeys above. My spouse and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to start this review by mentioning the lovely helpful young women behind the member desk who guided me through my Groupon purchase and helped me with navigating the museum and also a more convenient subway route then the one I had come on....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The NY Historical Society always has interesting new exhibits and short films. It is a relatively small museum, easily visited in a couple of hours. Christmas time boasts wonderful trains and antique toys and has a special holiday atmosphere. It is a pleasant, manageable building,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum that shows off NYC relevance. Saw the Tiffany Lamp exhibit. Now I understand HOW these lamps were make and the beauty of them. Saw a Norman Rockwell / Sat Eve Post collection from the early 20's to much later with descriptions. Saw the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first visit to this gem of a museum....what took so long? The Norman Rockwell Four Freedom paintings were the feature exhibit: don't miss it....a moving reminder of the nation we once were and hopefully, might b again. Also the Tiffany exhibit. Easy to navigate...allow...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything was nicely curated with just enough information so as not to be overwhelming. The Norman Rockwell exhibit was great . They have a lovely gift shop too. Well worth the $21 entry fee. Plan to spend about 90 minutes in the museum. Will return...More

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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
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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
5 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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