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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  • Gabriel C.
    "Fun interactive activities for children, free with admission."(12 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)
    Oz L.
    "The 22 minute film about the history of NYC is incredible."(3 Tips)
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  • Chad H.
    Chad Horner1 week ago
    definitely check out the film downstairs!
  • Keli A.
    Keli Anaya2 weeks ago
    The protest exhibit is the best!
  • سليمان
    The video is completely worth watching
  • Nadeeka T.
    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.
  • L 2.
    L 2KJune 17
    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.
  • Victoria C.
    Very informative museum which can cost you half a day to finish. $22 is only suggested admission. You can pay whatever you want.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakMarch 14
    Great experience. Very fun and informative with use of modern technology throughout.
  • Τζελ .
    Τζελ 🐓February 23
    Best experience in new York! You must visit it for sure!
  • stephanie s.
    This museum is fantastic. AS a life long New Yorker I learned things about the city I never knew :) I highly recommend a visit
  • Eliana L.
    Eliana LeiteJanuary 5
    Charming and lovely
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WDecember 26, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The New York City at its Core exhibit is incredible
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 30, 2016
    it's all about the Tiffany room. such an impressive little collection
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StringfellowOctober 28, 2016
    Was a great place until recently. Now, poor lighting, hurriedly glued together exhibitions, and a lackluster staff, with oppressive security (loud radios & booming voices). No lockers or flow.
  • Paolo L.
    Paolo LimOctober 12, 2016
    Students from overseas can avail of discounts by showing their school/university ID card or ISIC carf.
  • Paolo L.
    Paolo LimSeptember 27, 2016
    International students can avail of the discounts, just bring your university ID card or an ISIC card.
  • 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.
  • Amy F.
    Amy FinegoldJuly 1, 2016
    I enjoyed the photos and history of old New York. I loved the Art Deco fixture in the lobby.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GormanApril 15, 2016
    nice location, interesting exhibits, pretty space
  • Laura G.
    Laura GormanApril 8, 2016
    nice building good exhibits
  • Angela K.
    Angela KuzmenkaApril 2, 2016
    We were very surprise how small the museum was. The 20 minute film on NYC was interesting but thought there would be more for the $14 cost
  • Mark H.
    Mark HeyertJanuary 17, 2016
    Great place for history and NYC themed art.
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BJanuary 10, 2016
    a little text heavy, but if you're willing to invest the time and lean in/over a lot, it is worthwhile; suggested admission was $14
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJanuary 5, 2016
    Right on Museum Mile, and free for NYU students (Bonus: Free admission for a guest, too!)
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickDecember 17, 2015
    Great space, got a free tour of the graffiti exhibit, great New York video at the beginning. Not to be missed.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoDecember 5, 2015
    One of the greatest secrets of NYC!
  • Adam
    AdamNovember 16, 2015
    Entry is price is only a suggested donation. You can pay what you think.
  • carolynn c.
    carolynn campbellOctober 29, 2015
    Great NYC Marathon exhibit .
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WSeptember 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of NYC's best museums.
  • chi s.
    chi shiAugust 25, 2015
    Ask about the neighbor deal!
  • Trae F.
    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.
  • Alex R.
    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!
  • Uwvie O.
    Uwvie ObodoJuly 6, 2015
    Great museum with interesting exhibits
  • Mélanie V.
    Mélanie VecchioJuly 1, 2015
    $14 adults
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    If you're a history buff/NYC nerd, this is the museum for you.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJune 19, 2015
    3 stories of NYC related history - from architecture to art to music. Free for students.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 13, 2015
    A great place to learn about the history of the best city in America
  • 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
  • Booie
    BooieMay 21, 2015
    This is where they shoot some scenes in Gossip Girl
  • WEI W.
    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
  • Carmen N.
    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.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyApril 25, 2015
    A great museum that can be completed in under two hours
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 29, 2015
    Interesting combination of exhibits. A very small museum, so it doesn't require a lot of time.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CarranzaMarch 18, 2015
    Everything is Design!: The Work of Paul Rand
  • Donald S.
    Donald SharpMarch 2, 2015
    The room about NYC activists is rightophyle... ¬¬
  • Oz L.
    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.
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusJanuary 30, 2015
    A great little museum. Every exhibition I'm seen here has been great.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJanuary 18, 2015
    All design, planning, or architecture lovers should check this place out.
  • 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.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenJanuary 3, 2015
    Small space you can do all in one day! Check out the quotations about New York City in the stairwells.
  • 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)
  • Zoe
    ZoeDecember 27, 2014
    Check out the video about the history of New York ! On the first floor every 40 minutes I thing.
  • Angelica Y.
    Angelica YoungDecember 2, 2014
    One of the better museums to visit in the city. Loved the Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao photography exhibit
  • Sharon P.
    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.
  • 9ft5wt
    9ft5wtOctober 21, 2014
    Check out the intro video. Great overview of the city's history.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FSeptember 15, 2014
    Small museum. Shop & cafe with outdoor seating. Easy access to Central Park.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WellsSeptember 12, 2014
    I loved this place, a very underrated museum
  • 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
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LegastoAugust 10, 2014
    History of the city is very informative. Free entrance for NYU students.
  • Jo G.
    Jo GAugust 7, 2014
    Great graffiti exhibit currently running. There is music on some nights.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • sumaoli
    sumaoliApril 21, 2014
    Great museum and exhibitions, not too crowded and touristic like the others...
  • Claire R.
    Claire R.March 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.
  • Sara G.
    Sara GuernseyMarch 10, 2014
    Getting that art history done
  • 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.
  • Khaula R.
    Khaula RFebruary 21, 2014
    Check out "Timescapes" film.. a multimedia portrait of New York
  • lebairg
    lebairgDecember 22, 2013
    You don't have to pay $10 for the admission, you can pay whatever (even a dollar) you want.
  • Ro N.
    Ro NivonogDecember 16, 2013
    The room about NYC activists is rightophyle... ¬¬
  • danesh j.
    danesh jNovember 9, 2013
    Good place to charge phone with free wifi
  • FacePaulm R.
    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.
  • Gregory C.
    Gregory CornwellOctober 3, 2013
    Discovered the origins of chewing gum. One of many things at the MCNY
  • 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
  • Maximiliaan B.
    Maximiliaan BottermanSeptember 12, 2013
    Small but very nice!
  • Courtenay B.
    Courtenay BirdAugust 17, 2013
    See the short film Timescapes on the history of NYC. Excellent.
  • highwind
    highwindAugust 14, 2013
    Free admissions for Bloomberg employees and 1 guest.
  • Ali L.
    Ali LevineAugust 12, 2013
    Timescapes was great! And I want to live in the model apartment in the "making room" exhibit. Check it out!
  • Thump
    ThumpAugust 9, 2013
    Go to the Big Apple Bash!
  • Fabris W.
    Fabris WowoJuly 7, 2013
    A MUST SEE!!!
  • 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.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan ProsperJune 29, 2013
    Fashion exhibit is pretty dope.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsJune 29, 2013
    This was used as the location for the school in Gossip Girl
  • 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
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SukonikJune 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Working here is fun! Great staff!
  • Kate C.
    Kate CluteMay 11, 2013
    Activism exhibit is fantastic and actually includes a ton about the Bronx! Woo hoo
  • 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.
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WilliamsApril 21, 2013
    It's not widely advertised, but the museum admission is one of many with "suggested donation" pricing.
  • Michele W.
    Michele WashingtonApril 20, 2013
    despite being under renovation their's still lots of stimulating work to be experienced
  • Imani L.
    Imani LiaMarch 31, 2013
    I had a good time here. The security people are really helpful! Ask them to help you find the most interesting exhibits!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dennis D.
    Dennis DiazMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Come and see the "Making Room and New Models for Housing New York
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PersingerFebruary 16, 2013
    Check out the timescapes 23 minute video! Its also open captioned. Last showing is at 5:15
  • Shaelyn A.
    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.
  • 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:
  • Ray D.
    Ray Dela TorreOctober 18, 2012
    Great exhibit on activism.
  • 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.
  • James C.
    James CMay 11, 2012
    Awesome combo admission with seaport museum both worth the price and time.
  • Juan V.
    Juan VisserMay 9, 2012
    Entrance fee is always "pay as you wish." I was essentially scolded at when I showed the lady at the desk my newbie $2 discount. Don't even bother showing it.
  • Ansley D.
    Ansley DavenportMay 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Great new exhibition on activism in NYC called Activist New York on view indefinitely. A must see!
  • Ana B.
    Ana Berner3 weeks ago
    Una buena visión panorámica de la historia de la ciudad de Nueva York
  • Magdara L.
    Magdara LunaFebruary 10
    Interesante , te habla de la cultura de new York y presentas artistas que reflejan el modus vivendis.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SeixasApril 12, 2016
    Vale o passeio.
  • Mustafa C.
    Mustafa CanMarch 20, 2016
    Bigbus turlarından 72 saatlik tur alırsanız (35 dolar) hem istediğiniz an buslara binebilir, hem 1 saat central parkta bisiklet turu, hem de bu müzeye free entrance + breakfast kazanırsınız
  • Sergey G.
    Sergey GrinApril 7, 2015
    Кроме светильника особо интересного ничего нет
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyOctober 17, 2014
    Buraya gidin herseyden once 20 dakikalik new york filmi icin bile deger
  • Marcio G.
    Marcio GomesApril 8, 2014
    lugar muito especial basta conferir..
  • Александр
    АлександрSeptember 18, 2013
    Музей слабоват, стоит 10 баксов. Послушал экскурсию на английском. Реально работают сейчас два зала.
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