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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), 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. The New-York Historical Society boasts a hip new vibe. 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! SUMMER 2015 "The Art of Al Hirschfeld" (May 22 - October 12, 2015) "Picasso's Le Tricorne" (May 29 - Ongoing) "Art as Activism" (June 26 - September 13, 2015) "Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein" (Through October 25, 2015) Hungry for more? Experience the casual elegance of Caffe Storico which offers tasty Italian fare, then explore the Museum Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.
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170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024-5152
Upper West Side
+1 212-873-3400
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Reviewed yesterday

I stopped by the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library to visit the opening of a wonderful exhibit of the life and times of JFK. The exhibit is based on a new book, JFK: A Vision for America, edited by Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas...More

Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 2 days ago

This morning my wife and I returned to this terrific museum dedicated mainly to the history of New York City. Exhibits there now include art external drawings made by Thomas Jefferson, artifacts and art representing Worl War I, and others, plus their permanent collection, which...More

Thank LWL3333
Reviewed 3 days ago

Always, a must se, when coming to NYC...They have free advisors that can take you thru...They have something there for everyone and you learn so much...good value

Thank Srs567
Reviewed 4 days ago

Between the beautiful renovated building, the excellent WWW I exhibit featuring John Singer Sargents huge powerful painting- Gassed, and the new gallery housing fabulous Tiffany lamps, this place is something special. Although we didn't try it on this visit the restaurant also gets rave reviews...More

Thank Dan1928
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I met a long time friend and local New Yorker at the Historical Society. What a great experience. From Tiffany lamps to World War I exhibits. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch within the Museum!!

Thank Crestwicke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Road closures and a horrible traffic jam on the other side of Central Park meant a change of plan, so we went here for something to do. We didn't expect much, but enjoyed a couple of hours here. The exhibitions we saw (two) were small...More

Thank MIssDillie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted a historical overview of NYC and originally planned a trip to the history museum. The Historical Society was a second choice but a good one. The Revolutionary era artifacts were very interesting. One room was devoted to letters and journals of Thomas Jefferson....More

Thank kmcspadden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is just a block down from the Natural History Museum and worth the visit. Large bronze statues of Hamilton and Burr at their duel sets the tone for a unique collection of Americana artifacts. There is a 20 minute video that plays that...More

Thank Rlpteach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was very honored when the New York Historical Society Museum asked if I would please donate the Obama dress I wore to the DNC convention and Philadelphia which was then on the front page of the July 28, 2016 New York Times. I agreed...More

Thank Kelly J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Large tourist crowds not visiting this place, actually the doorman asked us ' are you sure to come here?' in case we aimed to visit the Museum of Natural History... Impressive multimedia 18min every 30min, worth seeing!. Lot to see about New York history, world's...More

1  Thank KalleHelsinki
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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jeffrey t
Are there renovations going on now? What parts are closed?
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
how much money does it cost
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