History Museums in New York City

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History Museums in New York City

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  • Andy Kos
    Southampton, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bit of random fun to fill in some time. We had the New York Pass, and this was included, so we decided to go along to have a look as we had some time to kill before having dinner. It turned out to be quite fun, a few silly games to do, and some quirky historical information. Sufficient to take up an hour or so of your day.
    Written April 29, 2024
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  • Rochelle F
    Randolph, NJ1,107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had not been to the Cloisters in years and wanted to visit again. This museum is of medieval times with a lot of architecture and art from that period. We took the 1 hour tour of highlights and learned a lot. The gardens (there are 3 or 4) are small but beautiful.

    We enjoyed a light lunch at the cafe. We also wandered around the Park which is quite nice too.

    A very nice outing for an afternoon with friends.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • christina t
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is truly an emotionally engaging place - one can imagine the lives of the people who passed through its doors. Beautifully presented, thoughful and well preserved. Stories that are well over 100 years old and yet still so actual since many people around the world today find themselves in the same situation as all those families many years ago.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, MA719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The SPY HQ museum & experience is an excellent overview of spy craft and major spying incidents in the US. I've been to other spy museums in the past (such as the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC) that go into the history & technology of spy craft in more detail. SpyScape concentrates instead on a more interactive learning experience, with lots of computer kiosks for you to learn more major aspects of the craft. Children may find this more interesting than the usual display cases.

    Another interesting aspect of this museum is the personality profile you gradually fill out by using a supplied wristband to log into computer terminals spread throughout the main floor. Even you are not intending to work for a spy agency, these types of intelligence and spatial awareness quizzes you fill out gives you an idea of what to expect with many contemporary job interviews. It was interesting to see what the computer tests leads the museum to conclude what type of intelligence officer you'd make.
    Written February 13, 2024
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  • karenlig
    Yasuni National Park, Ecuador19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friend was visiting the 9/11 Memorial and I couldn’t bring myself to visit. Decided to start the morning here. Starts out with a great movie and then you move through the exhibits until you end with the main attraction. They did not tell us that we could take our time to view the exhibits so I rushed through thinking that I had to be at the movie at a certain time. The exhibits were wonderful and wish I would’ve spent more time there. At the end the staff said they must’ve forgotten to tell us we could hav taken time with the exhibits. Definitely a fun thing for anyone to do for an overview of NYC. An amazing movie both in the beginning and the end. Even more of a bonus since it was Broadway week and the tickets were half-price.
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • PGB
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating collections, including a miniature jewelry exhibit, journalist Robert Caro and Tiffany lamps. Eclectic. Fun.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • epentz
    Oxford, UK10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem of a museum. Fascinating look into old New York and the family that lived in this house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • LarsieB
    Denver, Colorado, USA1,780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an excellent museum, well worth a visit if you are interested in knowing about history and this time period. There are many wonderful pieces that have been curated with lots and lots of information to support these museum pieces. The museum is very inexpensive basically no fee but we made a donation as I strongly believe in supporting museums and history. I would definitely recommend visiting the Museum of Jewish Heritage if you are traveling to New York and have some time (it's down near the Wall Street area and Staten Island ferry etc if planning time in this area of lower Manhattan).
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada932 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Seaport district is situated on the East River in Lower Manhattan. It is a top nyc destination for unusual culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences. I couldn't resist a custom face cookie from the funny face bakery....it seemed almost too pretty to eat and the book-worm in me nudged me into the McNally & Jackson bookstore. I explored New York's origins as a world seaport in the South Street Seaport Museum and to get into a historical mood I toured the Wavetree cargo ship.
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • Walter F
    Tas39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing piece of American history. Well worth taking family to. This site contains videos, guided tours, and artefacts for viewing.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • MNTravelers5154
    80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We expected to spend maybe an hour there and it turned into almost three hours. Lots of Revolutionary era artifacts that were nicely explained. We didn't realize that this site was where some early federal offices were based. That gave even greater meaning to the locale. It was humbling to stand in the room where George Washington spoke with his officers at the end of the war. We've been to several locations where Washington visited/frequented/lived and this was an important site to add to that list. They've done a nice job of adding furnishings to the pieces that are original to the museum. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,189 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Build sort of like a fortress, maybe a castle of money. Lots of power in this grand building that we stumbled upon while walking from Wall Street to City Hall.
    Written January 1, 2022
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  • marissa v
    Philadelphia, PA155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was looking for something different to do with my young adult boys during a meet up in NYC and thought we would try The Museum of Interesting Things! It turned out to be less of a typical "museum" and more of an authentic NYC experience! I easily connected via email with the amazing host and historian extraordinaire, Denny and secured an appointment time. Upon entering, I knew we were in for a special treat. Denny presented us with many different objects from the 19th and 20th centuries, many related to film, sound and photography accompanied by the historical background and a chance to try out the objects ourselves! Denny is knowledgeable and personable, with a delightfully quirky sense of humor. If you are interested in going back in time, or a nostalgic trip down memory lane, don't miss this! My only regret is that we didn't have enough time to go through each item in his apartment! I saw some gems hiding in there!
    Written August 23, 2023
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  • Jemlnlx
    Bronx, NY5,331 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently visited the Museum's Holiday Display (2023).

    Although you need to make reservations online at all times, entrance to the display is free before a certain date in mid-November and $5 per person after that date.

    I visited on a Friday evening at around 6pm and it wasn't crowded.

    The display itself was quite impressive with lots of fine details only true New Yorkers would notice and appreciate. There are a few running trains throughout the display.

    There are lots of MTA-related items to purchase both in the display area and the main store area.

    It is something nice to do in the area to kill a few minutes. Don't plan on spending longer than 5-10 minutes maximum there. Luckily there are lots of shops in Grand Central, including the Holiday Fair, and it is a major transportation hub...so lots of other reasons to be there.

    I'm not sure the $5 admission fee is justified for what it actually is...maybe more like $2-3 would be more appropriate.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • Stephen S
    London, UK52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed the tour of this building. The organizers were kind enough to go ahead with the tour even though I was the only person on it, which made it an even more special experience for me. The guide was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed the historical context provided.
    It's quite a small building so the tour only takes and hour or so and I think could be well combined with one of the larger museums of the upper east side or perhaps the cable car to Roosevelt Island.
    Written September 5, 2023
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