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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 10024-5152
Phone Number:
+1 212-873-3400
10:00 - 18:00
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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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Very good special exhibitions

Once the permanent collection is re-opened this venue will be even better than it currently is. At present there is a fascinating special exhibition on the Battle of Brooklyn in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not worth the $20 entry fee. Toy and train exhibits did not live up to expectations. Very little as far as toys. Only redeeming factor was the Muhammad Ali exhibit.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once the permanent collection is re-opened this venue will be even better than it currently is. At present there is a fascinating special exhibition on the Battle of Brooklyn in July 1776, a very informative exhibition on The First Jewish Americans, and some engaging photos and paintings focusing on Muhammed Ali. The toy trains on display were fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over the years I have been to this lovely place a few times and while small there is always something amazing to see here. Just a few short steps from the museum of nateral history and accross the street from Central Park. This is a great place to stop and see what they have this week or month. This time... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

next to much larger museum of natural history....however this GEM....offers some very interesting exhibits in a much more comfortable surrounding...check on the current exhibits and give it a try

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here at the end of a long day. I was a little disappointed that the top floor was closed (I really think they should offer a discount when this occurs). But I particularly enjoyed the toy trains they had on display and the film. The film was almost the highlight. Go if you want to learn about how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in to take a break on a cold wet day. They had an excellent exhibit on the Battle for Brooklyn and an informative 18 minute film on the history of NY. It was worth the stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building with a history of its own. Exhibits change. I saw a terrific exhibit about the Battle of Brooklyn and another on Jewish History in New York. There were school groups there when I went and the students seemed absorbed with the electric train exhibit and the other exhibits there. Worth the trip. Near the Museum of Natural History,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A good mix of permanent and temporary exhibits - children in particular will really like the historical toys exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

The Historical Society was featuring an exhibit on The Battle of Brooklyn, a little known but important engagement of the Revolutionary War. The revolutionaries lost the battle, and had they not escaped across the East River to Manhattan under the cover of fog, the war may have been lost. That's probably why it doesn't get much attention on this side... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

a wonderful museum across from central park, and just a few blocks from the museum of natural history. check the website for admission fees and hours. i've been here many, many times, and the exhibits are always informative and presented in a very viewer-friendly manner. the current exhibit on the little-known battle of brooklyn, at the start of the revolutionary... More 

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