Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

History Museum and Art Museum · East Harlem
1220 5th Ave (at E 103rd St), New York, NY 10029, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
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The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City.


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    J A.
    "If you want to learn the history of NYC this is the perfect museum."(5 Tips)
    David H.
    "$9 for barrio and show the pin from there for free admission here!"(4 Tips)
    Ansley D.
    "Activist New York on view"(2 Tips)
    Oz L.
    "The 22 minute film about the history of NYC is incredible."(2 Tips)
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  • Adam

    Entry is price is only a suggested donation. You can pay what you think.

    Adam · 1 week ago
  • carolynn c.

    Great NYC Marathon exhibit .

    carolynn campbell · October 29
  • Karl F.

    Nice museum, free entry with guest for NYU students

    Karl Forbin · October 11
  • Rebecca W.

    One of NYC's best museums.

    Rebecca W · September 22
  • chi s.

    Ask about the neighbor deal!

    chi shi · August 25
  • Trae F.

    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.

    Trae F · August 2
  • Alex R.

    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!

    Alex Richards · July 30
  • Uwvie O.

    Great museum with interesting exhibits

    Uwvie Obodo · July 6
  • Mélanie V.

    $14 adults

  • Afi Y.

    If you're a history buff/NYC nerd, this is the museum for you.

    Afi Yellow-Duke · June 23
  • Damian B.

    3 stories of NYC related history - from architecture to art to music. Free for students.

    Damian Bayona · June 19
  • Mike H.

    A great place to learn about the history of the best city in America

    Mike Hopkins · June 13
  • Elena G.

    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

    Elena Gribok · June 7
  • Booie

    This is where they shoot some scenes in Gossip Girl

    Booie · May 21
  • WEI W.

    Surprisingly great! The chandelier is fascinating. Exhibitions are carefully curated. It's much less crowded so quite enjoyable. Guided tours are at 3pm

    WEI WEI · May 18
  • Carmen N.

    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.

    Carmen N · May 13
  • Sean N.

    A great museum that can be completed in under two hours

    Sean Nickley · April 25
  • Paige C.

    Interesting combination of exhibits. A very small museum, so it doesn't require a lot of time.

    Paige C · March 29
  • Daniel C.

    Everything is Design!: The Work of Paul Rand

    Daniel Carranza · March 18
  • Donald S.

    The room about NYC activists is rightophyle... ¬¬

    Donald Sharp · March 2
  • Oz L.

    Awesome museum that's worth a visit for any New Yorker. The 22 minute film about the history of NYC is incredible.

    Oz Lubling · February 27
  • Gigi A.

    A great little museum. Every exhibition I'm seen here has been great.

    Gigi Agius · January 30
  • Daniel T.

    All design, planning, or architecture lovers should check this place out.

    Daniel Tewfik · January 18
  • Iftikhar K.

    The exhibitions were good and informative. The café was great, too. I liked the Jefferson letters with original writing more than anything.

    Iftikhar Khan · January 3
  • Monica C.

    Small space you can do all in one day! Check out the quotations about New York City in the stairwells.

    Monica Cullen · January 3
  • David H.

    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)

    David Hu · January 2
  • Zoe

    Check out the video about the history of New York ! On the first floor every 40 minutes I thing.

    Zoe · December 27, 2014
  • Angelica Y.

    One of the better museums to visit in the city. Loved the Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao photography exhibit

    Angelica Young · December 2, 2014
  • Sharon P.

    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.

    Sharon P. · November 30, 2014
  • 9ft5wt

    Check out the intro video. Great overview of the city's history.

    9ft5wt · October 21, 2014
  • Alex F.

    Small museum. Shop & cafe with outdoor seating. Easy access to Central Park.

    Alex F · September 15, 2014
  • Peter W.

    I loved this place, a very underrated museum

    Peter Wells · September 12, 2014
  • Charmash S.

    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

    Charmash See · August 21, 2014
  • Joseph L.

    History of the city is very informative. Free entrance for NYU students.

    Joseph Legasto · August 10, 2014
  • Jo G.

    Great graffiti exhibit currently running. There is music on some nights.

    Jo G · August 7, 2014
  • Magdalene P.

    If you live in the neighborhood, you can get free admission. Just say, "I'm a neighbor," at the admission desk.

    Magdalene Perez · July 23, 2014
  • Gabriel C.

    Fun interactive activities for children, free with admission. Check out the website for details and dates.

    Gabriel Cortez · April 27, 2014
  • Compass

    Stop in to look at over a million artifacts of New York City history that spans from its Dutch origins to now.

    Compass · April 25, 2014
  • sumaoli

    Great museum and exhibitions, not too crowded and touristic like the others...

    sumaoli · April 21, 2014
  • Claire R.

    Very friendly and welcoming staff! The admission is only suggested, which means you can give what you can! Great facility and solid exhibits.

    Claire R. · March 18, 2014
  • Sara G.

    Getting that art history done

    Sara Guernsey · March 10, 2014
  • Jeff T.

    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.

    Jeff Tomczek · February 23, 2014
  • Khaula A.

    Check out "Timescapes" film.. a multimedia portrait of New York

    Khaula AlRajhi · February 21, 2014
  • lebairg

    You don't have to pay $10 for the admission, you can pay whatever (even a dollar) you want.

    lebairg · December 22, 2013
  • Ro N.

    The room about NYC activists is rightophyle... ¬¬

    Ro Nivonog · December 16, 2013
  • danesh j.

    Good place to charge phone with free wifi

    danesh j · November 9, 2013
  • FacePaulm R.

    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.

    FacePaulm Revere · November 5, 2013
  • Gregory C.

    Discovered the origins of chewing gum. One of many things at the MCNY

    Gregory Cornwell · October 3, 2013
  • 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.

    Small but very nice!

    Maximiliaan Botterman · September 12, 2013

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