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New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY

Museums, History Upper West Side
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New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY
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Everything you need to know about visiting the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West, NY 10024).

History buffs will love this Upper West Side institution. Built in 1804, it's the oldest museum in New York City. In a nod to history, the museum kept the hyphen in its name—that’s how the city’s name was spelled back in the early 1800s. The New-York Historical Society features more than 1.6 million works that explore the history of the city and the country, including exhibits, art and historical artifacts. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library has more than three million books, newspapers, maps, photographs and more from our nation’s founding through slavery and Reconstruction and beyond. The Gilder Lehrman Collection is also housed in the New-York Historical Society, where you can view signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment and the Constitution. If all that history makes you hungry or thirsty, enjoy lunch or dinner at Storico, an Italian Starr restaurant, or grab a java at Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar.

Don’t miss floor four
The museum recently opened the Henry Luce III Center on the fourth floor, which features a new center for Women’s History and a glowing gallery of 100 beautiful Tiffany lamps.
Bring the kids
The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is for children ages 8 to 13 and features 350 years of New York and American history through interactive exhibits and digital games. The exhibits feature New York children who lived in the city from the late 17th through 20th centuries, including Alexander Hamilton. Children under 4 get free admission to the entire museum, while kids ages 5 to 13 pay $6.
When to go, what to know
The museum is closed on Mondays and stays open late until 8pm on Fridays. On a budget? On Friday nights, entry is pay-as-you-wish from 6 to 8pm. During other hours, adult tickets cost $20, seniors $15 and high school and college students $15. Be prepared to wait in line during peak hours, as there’s no express pass offered here. To beat the crowds, visit on a weekday during working hours.
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By: Cristina Gibson


Venue name: New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY
Address: 170 Central Park West
New York
Cross street: between 76th and 77th Sts
Opening hours: Wed–Thu, Sat, Tue 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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I confess that my main reason for wanting to go here was for the Battle of Brooklyn exhibit (I love Hamiton, okay?!), but the rest of the museum is equally as amazing. The second floor photographs, paintings, and objects made me think of NYC in a whole new light.  Also - if you have kids, the basement level of the building is a great children's museum! I'd definitely choose to go here again instead of a larger museum.


I’ve only been to the New-York Historical Society once, but it was a memorable experience. The building is intimate and the exhibits (all pertaining to New York’s past/present) are well thought out. Because the museum isn’t sprawling like the Met, you can easily walk around in an hour or so and feel like you were able to absorb a lot. There is a permanent collection of Tiffany lamps on display in the first floor hallway which was a highlight of my visit.