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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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

It was sad we didn't allow enough time to really explore this great museum. We spent an hour and a half in the Tiffany exhibit and it was not only beautiful it was very informative. We will definitely return to see all the other exhibits.

Thank Scott P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably not the first museum you would visit on your first trip to NYC, but it should definitely be on your wish list. It is an interesting conglomeration of different exhibits and probably the time to go is when there is a particular...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon visiting the museum, first for the "Vietnam," exhibit, then for a private event, you can really see the amazing collections that are on permanent display! Conveniently located, in a beautiful building and grounds, with an excellent staff, you really get a sense of New...More

Thank eventsbythirteen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We specifically went to see the Tiffany lamps exhibit. Breathtaking in their beauty. The room lights were dim so we could behold these lampshades in all their glory. Later we toured other worthwhile exhibits and took in two short films; one about the founding of...More

Thank Alice R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting the nearby Swedish Cottage Marionette theater in Central Park and were looking for other things to do in the area. We have gone to the Natural History Museum tons of times and had an excellent time. We have passed the front the...More

Thank Jemlnlx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't have the energy or time to visit a huge museum so I went to the Historical Museum & Library. What a lovely surprise! It is small and manageable and has some great displays. The Tiffany lamps and the Hotbed exhibits were my favorites....More

Thank deborahm930
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has a great variety of exhibits and shows. It is located on the Upper West side and a great activity for a cold rainy day!

Thank Lal0s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The World War I exhibit was great.For me the highlight of the museum was the Tiffany lamp collection which was fantastic.I also took a guided tour when I arrived which I would recommend to anyone visiting for the first time.This museum is certainly one of...More

Thank Josh E
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The recent renovation of the fourth floor to display of the Museum's Tiffany lamp collection is what drew me to visit. I was not disappointed! The 100 plus illuminated lamps are stunning and beautifully displayed! Recently it was discovered that Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), who was...More

Thank LovetoWalk51
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Born and raised in nyc and never got to the historical society until this past weekend when I had the opportunity of going and seeing the Vietnam exhibit and now feel badly at all the great exhibits i must have missed over the years. If...More

Thank animaleyedoc
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
1 October 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