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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

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Address: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: +1 212-873-3400
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York...

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!


"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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great museum, great exhibit, great for Hamilton followers

The current exhibit of Jews in Colonial America brought me and I wasn't disappointed. The text was very interesting but the graphics, portraits and audio were also... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The current exhibit of Jews in Colonial America brought me and I wasn't disappointed. The text was very interesting but the graphics, portraits and audio were also great. As you enter the exhibit, you can pick up a free audio set,,,,,, but if there are none, look behind you, which is where they are returned after viewing the exhibit. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been to the NY historical society a few times and never stop being amazed by how wonderful it is. They always have some outstanding temporary exhibits, and also have a great film about the history of New York City and a permanent art collection that is terrific. You can come here for an hour or two and see a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. There is a segment on the battle of Brooklyn which was really interesting. There are artifacts belonging to George Washington and Alexander Hamilton to view. I also enjoyed the antiquarian books from Thomas Paine. The short movie about the history of New York was interesting and the photography exhibit of people and places from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK, I have visited NYC 100s of times and to my misfortune, was never attracted to the Historical Society, never even considered going with all there is to see, What a CHUMP! There was an exhibit of The early Jews in America that attracted our attention, so we went. The exhibit was wonderful, complete and there were several WOW moments... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum's layout results in entering a small lobby area where almost immediately there are several exihibits confronting the visitor. I asked directions to the Battle of Brooklyn show from someone on the second floor. The show is on the first floor along with an exihibit about trains and pieces from the museums collection. The gift shop is in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the museum today with friends and had a wonderful time.The people we encountered were friendly and extremely helpful.

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Horseheads, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibit with background of battle, bios of leaders and generals of both British and colonial army. Liked it so much I visited twice!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

New York Historical Society Museum can be seen in 2 hours or less. The 18 minute movie is very well done and a moving tribute to this great city. Also there are a variety of eclectic exhibits. I especially enjoy the artwork . Of note are the Hudson River School painters, especially Thomas Cole " The Course of the Empire".... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is small and can be seen in a short time. The displays are well done but leave one wondering where the rest is. For example, a room devoted to some memorabilia of past presidential elections. How about a room devoted to mayoral elections with all the controversy and excitement surrounding them ?? As the epicenter of culture and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of old trains and toys to look at including a section where children can crawl underneath and be part of the exhibit. Upstairs are some interesting paintings. This museum would not appeal to all. The coffee shop is also very pleasant.

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