Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

History Museum and Art Museum
East Harlem, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from New York Habitat and Time Out New York
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    Gabriel C.
    "Fun interactive activities for children, free with admission."(13 Tips)
    J A.
    "If you want to learn the history of NYC this is the perfect museum."(5 Tips)
    "Free admission for a guest"(4 Tips)
    Eric R.
    "23 minute film"(3 Tips)
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  • Nadeeka T.heart icon on user image
    Nadeeka ToussaintJune 22, 2017
    This is a great place to learn about New York's history. It is clean, polished, and beautiful. An excellent and satisfying way to learn about New York City and the impact many events have had on it.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Eric L.
    Eric LApril 21, 2013
    Timescapes, a 25-min movie on city history, is a must-see. Activist New York features exhibits on 14 social movements. And don't forget Stettheimer Dollhouse and the exhibit on compact living design.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TomczekFebruary 23, 2014
    Easy to get to off the 6 (20 min from Grand Central) and entirely worth the trip. Beautiful building and timely special exhibits like Hurricane Sandy photography and City as Canvas. Shop is cool too.
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammApril 29, 2018
    Really great museum and a manageable size. They do a good job of covering lots of different parts of NYC's history using new and old media.
  • WEI W.heart icon on user image
    WEI WEIMay 18, 2015
    Surprisingly great! The chandelier is fascinating. Exhibitions are carefully curated. It's much less crowded so quite enjoyable. Guided tours are at 3pm
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 21, 2013
    Cultured and telling. Pieces here have great range and depth. Gets a bit pretentious at times. Many 5th avenue types assume it as their own. Avoid admission by saying that you live in East Harlem.
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FAugust 2, 2015
    A lovely museum filled with wonders that make this city one of a kind. Don't miss the most exciting stairwell in NYC. Very clever.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 8, 2016
    Be clear this museum is only for the 5 Boros. The video is must not long and entertaining. The gift shop is really good something for each boro. The ever changing exhibits are alway entertaining.
  • Sherylheart icon on user image
    SherylJune 26, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    New York at Its Core is the only exhibition of its kind dedicated to celebrating and interpreting NYC’s past, present and future. It’s a must-see for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
  • David H.
    David HuJanuary 2, 2015
    Combine a visit here with one to El Museo del Barrio down the street. $9 for barrio and show the pin from there for free admission here! ($14 regular)
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJanuary 9, 2018
    Free membership if you have NYCID, $18 suggested admission cost... many rotating exhibits - all are related to life or people in NYC and they are all so great+interesting+eye-opening!!
  • Sharon P.heart icon on user image
    Sharon P.November 30, 2014
    Wonderful exhibits worth the entrance fee. Whether you're a local or just visiting, swing by to pick up a little New York history knowledge.
  • Teachers College S.
    MCNY serves as the unofficial starting point for Museum Mile in a four-story mansion. Check out their free programs like harp concerts, knitting workshops, dance shows, and film screenings.
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.March 26, 2013
    Feels so clean and modern and in such an old building. Great exhibits that are easy to digest. Check out the micro spaces exhibit when it's still just an exhibit - hopefully it'll be reality someday!
  • Jon P.heart icon on user image
    Jon PressmanFebruary 10, 2020
    Wonderful hidden gem of a museum. Can spend a solid day here with kids of all ages.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RyanNovember 15, 2011
    Check out the Museum's 23 minute film "Timescapes" - in a unique three screen multimedia format. Focus on the far right screen, otherwise you'll be lost. The content of the film is great.
  • stephanie s.heart icon on user image
    stephanie scannellJanuary 20, 2017
    This museum is fantastic. AS a life long New Yorker I learned things about the city I never knew :) I highly recommend a visit
  • Charmash S.
    Charmash SeeAugust 21, 2014
    The city used to be a major center of trade, especially in raw cotton, and used to have cotton presses and the Krishna cotton mills. http://Beawar.Trade
  • Elena G.
    Elena GribokJune 7, 2015
    You can pay for the admission as much as you want they only have recommended ticket price. And the movie about history of New York is incredible
  • Amy F.heart icon on user image
    Amy FinegoldJuly 1, 2016
    I enjoyed the photos and history of old New York. I loved the Art Deco fixture in the lobby.
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NMay 13, 2015
    Their exhibits range from the Manhattan street grid to hip hop and subway art. It's good to know they appreciate the entirety of NYC lifestyles.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    They host a fantastic series of public programs (some that cost a small fee) that include walking tours, lectures, and discussion by historians and authors Read more
  • Oz L.heart icon on user image
    Oz LublingFebruary 27, 2015
    Awesome museum that's worth a visit for any New Yorker. The 22 minute film about the history of NYC is incredible.
  • Magdalene P.
    Magdalene PerezJuly 23, 2014
    If you live in the neighborhood, you can get free admission. Just say, "I'm a neighbor," at the admission desk.
  • Iftikhar K.
    Iftikhar KhanJanuary 3, 2015
    The exhibitions were good and informative. The café was great, too. I liked the Jefferson letters with original writing more than anything.
  • Claire
    ClaireMarch 18, 2014
    Very friendly and welcoming staff! The admission is only suggested, which means you can give what you can! Great facility and solid exhibits.
  • L 2.heart icon on user image
    L 2KJune 17, 2017
    The exhibits on the 2nd and 3rd floor are quieter. At the moment, there's a Muslims in New York photography exhibit I highly recommend.
  • Jacob F.heart icon on user image
    Jacob FordNovember 2, 2017
    Overly old mansion with some impressive installation art, plus pleasant exhibit design. Don’t ignore the half-rotunda postmodern chandelier.
  • FacePaulm R.heart icon on user image
    FacePaulm RevereNovember 5, 2013
    A rare for-locals museum in Manhattan. Generally, I find the staff (many of whom are native NYers) to be willing to chat with you at length about the exhibits.
  • fumie
    fumieJanuary 15, 2012
    Must watch the timescapes. 25 min multimedia experience that brings the history of the city to life. And the exhibition of Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment was great!
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZDecember 17, 2015
    Great space, got a free tour of the graffiti exhibit, great New York video at the beginning. Not to be missed.
  • Andrés C.heart icon on user image
    Andrés CruzApril 3, 2018
    You don’t want to miss this museum. If you can just go to one museum choose this one.
  • Perine W.heart icon on user image
    Perine WeilandNovember 5, 2017
    Amazing museum for the fan of New York I am. Not crowded which is nice. Very much underrated.
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergJanuary 22, 2013
    Today, I was here to announce the winner of the adAPT NYC competition to develop a micro-apartment housing model:
  • Victoria C.heart icon on user image
    Victoria ChanApril 9, 2017
    Very informative museum which can cost you half a day to finish. $22 is only suggested admission. You can pay whatever you want.
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel CortezApril 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Fun interactive activities for children, free with admission. Check out the website for details and dates.
    THIRTEENDecember 13, 2011
    THIRTEEN members check out this fantastic museum with these great offers, 20% discount for entry to the museum, $2 off the price of regular admission, in addition to a 10% gift shop discount! Read more
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Stop in to look at over a million artifacts of New York City history that spans from its Dutch origins to now.
  • Jo G.
    Jo GAugust 7, 2014
    Great graffiti exhibit currently running. There is music on some nights.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RichardsJuly 30, 2015
    Awesome Museum, Martha Cooper / Hip Hop exhibit was great! Disappointed that the cafe gets close without any notices or social media updates. It's 2015 people!
  • Angelica Y.
    Angelica YoungDecember 2, 2014
    One of the better museums to visit in the city. Loved the Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao photography exhibit
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaJune 19, 2015
    3 stories of NYC related history - from architecture to art to music. Free for students.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJuly 14, 2011
    Check out the New York Interiors (1690-1906) permanent exhibition. It features elements of New York domestic environments from the late 17th through the early 20th centuries. Read more
  • 9ft5wt
    9ft5wtOctober 21, 2014
    Check out the intro video. Great overview of the city's history.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJanuary 5, 2016
    Right on Museum Mile, and free for NYU students (Bonus: Free admission for a guest, too!)
  • J A.
    J AJune 27, 2012
    The admission is suggested which is great. If you want to learn the history of NYC this is the perfect museum.
  • Shaelyn A.heart icon on user image
    Shaelyn AmaioFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sign up for the email newsletter to be alerted to upcoming events and public programs, which are usually awesome but always under-publicized.
  • loran j.heart icon on user image
    loran jonakMarch 14, 2017
    Great experience. Very fun and informative with use of modern technology throughout.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    Among the miscellany kept in storage is a pair of fake eyelashes worn by Joan Crawford. The falsies were originally part of a group of more than 80 pairs, which were sold at auction after her death. Read more
  • eatsmylifeheart icon on user image
    eatsmylifeDecember 27, 2014
    Check out the video about the history of New York ! On the first floor every 40 minutes I thing.
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