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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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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...more
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170 Central Park W, at Richard Gilder Way, New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A late report of a visit about 10 months ago. I had visited many years ago 2 or 3 times for various temporary exhibits as well as the excellent permanent collection on NYC history. Now, place has been heavily renovated and not just physically. Much...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library located in New York City at the corner of 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, founded in 1804 as New York's first museum. I’m almost embarrassed how we ended up visiting New...More

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The New York Historical Society museum is a hidden gem that lets you concentrate more thoroughly compared to some of the larger museums where you can quickly become overwhelmed. We especially enjoyed the Bill Cunningham exhibit, a New York Times fashion photographer. On permanent display...More

Thank Joe A
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We recently got a membership for the New-York Historical Society (in advance of their sold out Harry Potter exhibit) and do not regret it. The exhibits are well curated but small enough that we can see a whole bunch of things in one visit. The...More

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Definitely make time to visit if you are a tourist or resident. Beautiful Tiffany Lamp exhibit and always a movie to view as well as lots more paintings and collectibles. Photographs of celebrities and by celebrities. Well worth the effort. Lovely food (restaurant) and bookstore,...More

Thank Mitchell F
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

With the shoe exhibit of shoes owned by shoe designer Stewart Weisman and the Rockwell exhibit we were happy to spend the day enjoying one of my favorite places in NYC. You can always learn new some new history here. A great place to visit...More

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This museum is a hodgepodge of items with minimal cohesiveness and a relatively high admission price. The exhibits are sparse, some of them are drab. This might be a good place for NYC locals who have exhausted the list of better museums.

Thank TheSmugVegan
Reviewed 22 July 2018

If you want to feel old fashioned NYC style, you are in the right place. Very authentic! NYC Historical Society has a great Museum Store where you can get some very NYC style souvenirs. Did not visit museum's cafe but looks like a cute place...More

Thank asdfam2018
Reviewed 19 July 2018 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

Thank michbergman
Reviewed 13 July 2018

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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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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31 August 2018|
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Response from Marybeth I | Property representative |
Yes, in the Audubon Birds of America Focus Gallery, there is a rotating display of Audubon's watercolor models along with other works from New-York Historical’s collection of Auduboniana.
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.
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