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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
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Ranked #110 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 January 2012

new renovation is great. There is still not nearly enough room to display all of their treasures

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Reviewed 2 January 2012

The movie is excellent. The best exhibit may be the one you almost miss as you enter--the Fred Wilson compilation of slave shackles. The top of the museum is, as others have said, an encylopedic attic. The children's area looks nice. Sometimes the exhibits are not so coherent or comprehensive as one would wish. This museum is int he shadow, literally and figuratively, of the American Museum of Natural History next door. There was a time when it was to have merged with the Museum of the City of NY and that is still not a bad idea.

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Reviewed 1 January 2012

The renovated Historical Society is outstanding. Just walking in the door, you will be greeted by a wealth of Federal as well as New York history. It's good to take a docent's tour because there is so much, it will help focus more in-depth on special objects. The Three Revolutions Exhibit on the 2nd floor is a revelation in tying together the influence and effects of the revolutions in US/France/Haiti.

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

So much thought went into the exhibits. There's always an engaging subject, and the collections are impressive. The 9/11 exhibition was moving, and the colonialism study was impressive.

The Historical Society captures the very essence of New York and its eras, letting no important details be lost.

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Reviewed 22 December 2011

It's not often that one will see the terms "New" and "Historical" in the same sentence -- but they are very appropriate to describe the TOTALLY RENOVATED New-York Historical Society at 77th Street and Central Park West, just opposite the American Museum of Natural History on Manhattan's fabled Upper West Side.
N-YHS, technically New York City's oldest museum, actually closed for over a year to accomplish a complete gutting of the building, originally built in 1904. IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! Among the results of the renovation are:
1) A totally re-designed first floor, complete with state-of-the-art interactive electronic displays;
2) A totally re-done auditorium showing, every 30 minutes, the wonderful and moving "New York Story," an 18-minute history of NYC.
3) Cafe Storicco, a brand-new white tablecloth restaurant
4) A totally-redone Children's History Museum in the basement.
5) A modernized, color-coded, and better-lighted Luce Center on the fourth floor -- a veritable "attic" of amazing objects held by the society, including part of the railing of NYC's Federal Hall where Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the U.S.
Anyone who remembers the old N-YHS will be astounded by the changes. This a trip into the past in a most modern way.

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