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“Shouldn't be missed on comprehensive tour of New York”

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
Ranked #115 of 1,204 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The temporary exhibition on American representations of World War One (summer/fall 2017) is a must see, and could be combined with the exhibition on the same subject at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum otherwise has many exhibits of artifacts of life in New York City. The Tiffany Lamp collection is astonishing and alone is worth the (rather steep) price of admission. Efforts to cater to children are made--another temporary exhibit is on Eloise, the fictional character.

2  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Must stop here for a great museum experience enjoyable for adults and children. The Tiffany lamp exhibit is unbelievable and they have junior detective cases for the kids. I really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

I had no idea this museum even existed till I found it on Groupon...and I've lived in NY my whole life! Current exhibits on JFK and Tiffany glass are terrific.

1  Thank LMFMarlboro
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The fourth floor Tiffany glass (permanent) exhibit is breathtaking! Right now, there is also an Eloise exhibit designed to please. Some of the art is actually drawn on the walls, and adds delightfully to the sense of fun and adventure. The docent was very knowledgeable on all the displays and couldn't hide her own enthusiasm. Highly recommend.

1  Thank WandererLinda
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This small museum is a MUST for any traveler to NY. It Tells the story of this fabulous city, with gems around every corner. Don't miss their fabulous film, free with entry, about the founding of the city. It gives a concise overview, hitting historical and cultural highlights. The Tiffany lamp exhibit is mind-blowing. And their children's section is terrific too. Perfect for a two hour visit. OH: and there's an amazing Picasso tapestry on the second floor. The back story is amazing.
It's a block south of the museum of Natural History.

1  Thank JoAnn A
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