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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
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New York Historical Society Museum and Library
Ranked #95 of 1,144 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Great collection of all things historical about NYC. Some of the old manuscripts are fascinating. Don't forget to look at the portraits of early New York leaders.
May be a bit dry for the youngest children - but the guides do a wonderful job of keeping things interesting.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DR186
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Great show of shoes at the NY Historical Society. Comprised of shoes dating back to the 1800’s to the present, and includes designs by high school design students. And the Tiffany lamp collection is awesome!! The restaurant is fantastic and the gift shop is one of the best museum gift shops in New York City.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

First time here. Very nice museum.
Some good NYC historical displays and descriptions.
I am a vintage toy and military guy so I did gravitate to those displays, but there were plenty of other displays that gave me the feeling of walking through an antique store.
2-3 hours is about what it takes...unless you are one that reads every word.
Enjoyable and recommended.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank NUTN2000
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is a small museum more or less across the street from the Natural History Museum. I think it is a little jewel. On a recent visit it was showing a short film about women who changed things, had an exhibit on shoes for a bit more than a century, and an exhibit on how feathers in the fashion industry almost created the extinction of many birds. We had been to see the Tiffany lamp collection before, but since our last visit they have added a special two-level room where the lamps are elegantly displayed. A lighted glass stairway connects the two levels and you can also look down on the lamps from upstairs for a better view.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank alives
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

New York is the best with so many different cultures different people new work is my heart ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Englishman1970uk
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