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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 6 days ago

The museum has excellent exhibits on actual history, curated by first rate, not politicized historians. The exhibits vary in interest, of course, but it is a lovely place, rarely overcrowded, and usually worth a visit. Check what's on before you go. But go.

Thank urbanflight
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've reviewed this museum before and continue to return to this venue on successive visits to the city. During this visit, there was an amazing exhibition of The U.S. historical involvement in Vietnam. You can borrow an electronic audio guide which really enhances the experience....More

Thank Zoom_Gotti
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a few free hours on a Friday and was looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do indoors. So glad I chose to visit this museum. I began my visit watching the two movies in their nice auditorium. Especially enjoyed...More

Thank bloomcrew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! There is a lot of exhibits packed in the museum. From trains to Vietnam to women's suffrage to Tiffany lamps - we were impressed. The quality of the exhibits was very good. They also had a very interactive children's section in the basement. It...More

Thank Mary Jane W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday we went to the museum to see the exhibit. This was our first time to the museum. It is across the street from The Natural Museum of History (they have a parking lot there) The museum has 4 floors with various exhibits. We went...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to this low-key, interesting museum. Tickets to an afternoon show limited me to a two-hour visit; Sunday opening is 11am. Had a lovely walk along Central Park West to the Grand Bazaar (flea market) on 77th & Columbus opened at 10am, so ambled...More

Thank Table42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Presently there are a number of special exhibitions each of which alone is worth the visit. Being close to the Christmas holiday the Jerni Collection of old toys with the emphasis on trains is on display. Any one with memories of the Vietnam War will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was not what I was expecting--- rather disappointed. There were some artifacts form when the dutch were here but nothing about the late 18th,19th or 20th century contributions orhow the immigrants changed the face of the city

Thank Juli B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is set on three levels and each level has it's own separate range of artifacts and themes. Currently (Jan 2018) the Vietnam section on level 2 was very moving and yet very well laid out. The man entrance is just across the halfway...More

Thank pthomasfisher
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Actually the Historical Society Museum isn't exactly hidden as it occupies a lovely building on CPW across from Central Park, but it is hidden as it's not exactly on the top ten or even 20 list of places most tourists go when visiting NYC. It...More

Thank Tiare A
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