New-York Historical Society

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New-York Historical Society

Upper West Side

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New York’s oldest museum, founded in 1804, was one of America’s first cultural and educational institutions. Instead of the niche perspective on NYC’s past that some of our favorite attractions offer, the Historical Society gives a comprehensive look at the New York of yesteryear. Exhibits are wide-ranging, covering all aspects of city life, and the museum’s permanent holdings—many of which are on view in the open-storage galleries on the fourth floor—offer a glimpse into quotidian urban living, with items such as vintage toys, furniture and clothing on display. A massive renovation, completed in 2011, made exhibits more compelling and interactive, helping visitors gain a clearer, deeper understanding of the city.

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Venue name: New-York Historical Society
Contact:
Address: 170 Central Park West
New York
10024
Cross street: between 76th and 77th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu, Sat 10am–6pm; Fri 10am–8pm; Sun 11am–5pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; 1 to 79th St
Price: $19; seniors, teachers, military $15; students $12; children 5–13 $6; members and children under 5 free. Fri 6–8pm pay what you wish
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