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Big things are happening at museums around town---get a preview of four institutions that'll make megachanges in the next few years.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Soceity

    New-York Historical Society (rendering)

    New-York Historical Society (rendering)

  • Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Soceity

    New-York Historical Society (rendering)

    New-York Historical Society (rendering)

Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Soceity

New-York Historical Society (rendering)

New-York Historical Society (rendering)

 

New-York Historical Society | The 9/11 Memorial
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New-York Historical Society
When the 207-year-old Upper West Side institution reopens to the public on November 11, nearly every facet will have changed. (Even the museum's website is getting an update.) Among the upgrades is the Great Hall, a permanent display that visitors will encounter as they enter the building's Central Park West--facing entrance. The space features several new elements—such as a piece of the ceiling from Keith Haring's now-defunct Pop Shop on Lafayette Street, and "manholes" visitors can peek inside to see different historic artifacts—that highlight different points in New York's history. (Other additions include the DiMenna Children's History Museum.) The museum shop has been completely renovated, and there will now be a full-service restaurant on the premises. Visitors can take advantage of an orientation film in the refurbished Robert H. Smith Auditorium, which will offer an introduction to the Historical Society and an overview of New York's history.

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