The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library in New York City, along Central Park West between 76th and 77th Streets, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum. It presents exhibitions, public programs, and research that explore the history of New York and the nation.
The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been at its present location since 1908. The granite building was designed by York & Sawyer in a classic Roman Eclectic style. The building is a designated New York City landmark. A renovation, completed in November 2011, made the building more accessible to the public, provided space for an interactive children's museum, and facilitated access to its collections.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
aAaa aAaa | Aug 4, 2018
I give it only four stars because, while the front desk staff was friendly and helpful, and the exhibits great, at the end, one of the closing security guards was VERY rudely and VERY persistently SHOOING (practically pushing) us out the door at 5:55, even though 6:00 is official closing and we were still admiring something near the front doors on the first floor. The collection itself is great, and I have to go back as I did not have enough tie to see all of it, fairly extensive and interesting.
Suz Sims-Fletcher | Jun 9, 2018
What a great treat the new york historical society is! Such diverse exhibits which are always changing. Some of the permanent collection is always on display. From the George Washington portrait that is the basis of the George on your dollar bill to the gorgeous glowing glass of tiffany lamps to shows through the ages and bill Cunningham there really is something fir everyone. Pay what you want on Friday.
Kevin So | Jan 10, 2018
Great museum, it's a hidden gem in that it's often overlooked compared to the Natural History Museum right next door. The films they show are incredibly well done and makes the visit well worth it! They are must-sees and I highly recommend them, definitely my favorite part! It's like getting a ticket to the movies and a museum at the same time. I came here on a weekday and it was also very peaceful compared to the touristy Nat next door. I had a free admissions pass I got from an event, but if not, I do think the price is very expensive, and if not for the free pass, I don't think I would've come here. There are museums that probably have better value, but if you do have the money to put up, or manage to grab a free ticket outside, I highly recommend checking out this museum! As a New Yorker, born and raised, it got me to really love and appreciate my home and the city I grew up in!
Jed Ford | Mar 29, 2018
It’s a good museum, but I really feel my afternoon would have been better spent at the American Museum of Natural History next door, a museum you could spend a whole two days exploring. If you’re a local, great. If you’re a tourist, take my advice and tick off the must-see’s off your list before visiting. Lastly, admission price is too high and does not justify the experience. I imagine a lot of people could skip an entire floor of exhibitions here.
Kurt Barker | Aug 7, 2018
There isn't enough about new York history and the magic exhibits seemed to be lacking. The space seems to be used poorly for what was offered.
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