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Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029
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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city,...

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!

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Not the star power of MoMA, Met etc... - but we really enjoyed it

We went with our family for the first time and didn't really know what to expect. What we found was a very affordable outing which was really fun and interesting for 1-2 hours... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was great to be able to see and hear about the beginnings of on of the great cities of the world. How and why this city developed into what it is today is fascinating. Displays are well designed and accessible. I would recommend it to all ages.

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

We went with our family for the first time and didn't really know what to expect. What we found was a very affordable outing which was really fun and interesting for 1-2 hours. The 2 main exhibits deal with the history of NYC and ideas for sustainable development in the next decades. Both were really well done and interactive. Even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm surprised this is not as well publicised as the other museums. We visited later in our 9 day visit and after visiting the Guggenheim on the same day. So fair to say we were a bit tired by the time we visited. I'd absolutely go again if I found myself back in New York. It does a fabulous history... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to go here for a long time expecting something rather different, I was surprised to see a lot of the rooms was just pictures and stuff to read, I was hoping for a more interactive experience not just 3 floors of pictures and lots and lots of reading, not good for children,

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Bedford, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Visited here yesterday with a couple of friends deciding to go at the spur of the moment. Immediately greeted by a staff member...she was so friendly and helpful as is everyone who works there. The suggested donation is $18 but you can give more of less. A staff member suggested we first view the Timescapes short film narrated by Stanley... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a magnificent museum in a great setting. Very manageable, not overwhelming, easy to maneuver. Start on floor one and work your way up. The artifacts, chronology and stories that guide you through the history of NYC are terrific. They do a terrific job of connecting the history to the items that tell the story. The gallery that traces... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I learned a great deal from each of the special exhibitions I visited: Port City, the Gilded Age, Gay Life in the 1960s, and the history of Zoning in the city; the latter sounds ho hum but the visuals made it fascinating for me. MCNY is one of 4 small museums uptown that one can do in a single day,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This museum gives the history of NYC and it's people from the very beginning up to present day. Great activity for a cold december day. Not too crowded and right opposite one of the 'Big Bus Tour' stops. Well worth a visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

From the underground cultural revolution in New York to Civil rights movements and gilded culture, the exhibits capture my attention at every corner. I learned so much from the iconic artists highlighted at the exhibit. There was art at everywhere except for the bathrooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

In many visits to NYC, we had never visited this museum. So glad that we did on this trip. A wonderful place to learn about the history of the city, as well as contemporary challenges and issues in NYC. The exhibits are wonderfully done, with excellent use of technology, and the building is lovely. We spent 5+ hours and didn't... More 

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