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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
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The New York Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #104 of 1,140 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, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This museum is included in the City Sightseeing ticket and we went here on a rainy day. The museum is OK. I really liked the movie about how New York became the big city it is today. Also the lamps from Tiffany was nice. Worth a short visit, but you do not need many hours here.

1  Thank MariPrM
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We ventured into this museum due to an episode we saw on Mysteries At The Museum. That particular episode talked about how one of New York's past governors from 1702-1708 used to like to cross-dress and he had a picture painted of himself in drag placed above his mantle, which now hangs in the museum. His name was Edward Hyde, Lord of Cornbury, who was arguably the most powerful man in all the British colonies of the New World. He was also cousin of Queen Anne. "He has been accused of everything from bigotry to raiding the public treasury. But his infamous reputation is the charge that he dressed ''publicly in woman's clothes Every day.''

Also during the time of our visit, they were hosting a Tiffany Lamp Exhibit on the Fourth Floor, which SHOULD NOT BE MISSED! There are so many beautiful lamps that take up two floors. They even have an area in that display where you can design your own Tiffany Lamp. My kids loved that!

For children, they had the Eloise Exhibit, which was well done. Lots of interesting sketches and stories and things to do.

The other floors held wonderful exhibits about the New York Fire Department, 911 artifacts, subway artifacts, and so much more that you'll have to see for yourself. There was also walls lined with wonderful John F. Kennedy photos.

I would definitely RECOMMEND at stop in this museum. Give yourself 3-4 hours to truly see it all. The coffee shop has delicious items as well, so check that out too!

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6  Thank Cynderella43
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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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