New York Historical Society Museum & Library

New York Historical Society Museum & Library

History Museum, Museum, and Library · Upper West Side
170 Central Park W (at W 77th St.), New York, NY 10024, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu, Sat
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Explore 400 years of history & art @ New-York Historical. On exhibit: #Madeline in New York. This fall: #ChineseAmerican & #AnnieLeibovitz: Pilgrimage


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    "great way to connect with the history of New York."(3 Tips)
    "Must see the Grateful Dead Exhibit."(2 Tips)
    "Superhero exhibit sandals than I thought."(2 Tips)
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    "Dine at Caffe Storico for lunch, dinner or brunch on the weekends!"(2 Tips)
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  • Fernando M.

    Excellent temporary exhibitions!

    Fernando Montenegro · 1 week ago
  • Darlene L.

    Go on the free docent-led tour

    Darlene Lee · 3 weeks ago
  • Johanna

    Great exhibits!

    Johanna · January 11
  • Hank

    Superhero exhibit sandals than I thought. Multimedia of NY history very good. A bit pricy at $20

    Hank · January 10
  • HashtagNYU

    Come back often for their awesome exhibitions, and for free with your NYU Card.

    HashtagNYU · January 5
  • Ricardo L.

    Nice expo of comics!

    Ricardo Luciano · January 3
  • Alex A.

    Walk and be amazed!

    Alex Aprisco · December 29, 2015
  • Chris t.

    A smaller museum, has some great exhibits housed in a beautiful building. Worth a visit. Lovely restaurant attached.

    Chris the vegetarian · December 20, 2015
  • caroline s.

    So many fun artifacts and good information. Even with the main exhibit temporarily closed, the front hall and the movie alone are worth admission. The train exhibit is perfect for the holidays!

    caroline sistare · November 29, 2015
  • Renae M.

    Loved the Silicon City exhibition

    Renae Mason · November 22, 2015
  • Kathy L.

    Check out their Tiffany lamp collection

    Kathy Liu · November 15, 2015
  • Carl-Adam S.

    Superhero exhibition

    Carl-Adam Scheele · November 8, 2015
  • Mike H.

    Pay what you will. Cool standing attractions.

    Mike Hopkins · November 3, 2015
  • Crystal W.

    Great History ;)

    Crystal Ward · July 2, 2015
  • Nicole S.

    Al Hirschfeld exhibit offers a unique look at theater and film through illustration from last 80 years.

    Nicole S · June 6, 2015
  • Bill O.

    There is not a whole lot here, exhibit-wise, as the main collection is currently closed. The lectures though are great. Also there is a bar and restaurant which is open even when the museum is closed

    Bill O'Leary · April 26, 2015
  • Denice M.


    Denice Martone · March 6, 2015
  • New York D.

    Check out the restaurant.

    New York Dog Nanny · February 22, 2015
  • Jeremy W.

    Pay-as-you-wish admission after 6pm on Fridays.

    Jeremy Wilcox · February 9, 2015
  • Cesare B.

    Chopped Salad

    Cesare Bauer · January 20, 2015
  • Trae F.

    The short film in the theater is wonderful. It's educational, emotional, and inspiring.

    Trae F · January 4, 2015
  • Biz T.

    One of the best museums in NYC

    Biz Traveldude · November 10, 2014
  • Julia L.

    Beautiful space with unique exhibits. Check out the bar in the evening!

    Julia Lord Nickle · November 6, 2014
  • Tarik H.

    There's an 18 minute movie on the history of New York that plays every half-hour. Don't miss it. We watched it twice, once on the way in and then again on the way out.

    Tarik Hart · September 22, 2014
  • Jeremy W.

    Best exhibit is 'A History of New York in 101 Objects'... A small room with small objects that tell you a big story.

    Jeremy Wilcox · September 20, 2014
  • Chris B.

    Across the street from the American Museum of Natural History. I can spend an entire day at both museums.

    Chris Braut · August 18, 2014
  • Tiffany S.

    This museum is a gem! Don't miss the series of Thomas Cole paintings, Course of an Empire, tucked away on the 4th fl. surprisingly tech savvy with interactive displays + a great 18 min movie about NY!

    Tiffany S · July 26, 2014
  • Christina S.

    Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley

    Christina Shin · May 6, 2014
  • Clmedi

    The gift shop is definitely good value

    Clmedi · April 12, 2014
  • Han Y.

    Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown, until 5/26. "Most of the watercolors in Parts Unknown depict water birds, many of which are among Audubon’s most spectacular and largest birds."

    Han Yu · April 9, 2014
  • Jessica L.

    Visit Bill Cunningham: Facades March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014

    Jessica Lauer · March 19, 2014
  • Raza R.

    The Armory Show was a treat. Duchamp Nude Descending Staircase pleasant surprise!

    Raza Ram · February 6, 2014
  • Anya S.

    The Dimenna children's history museum at NYHS great spot for a kid's party... Scavenger hunt, art projects ....

    Anya Sacharow · December 14, 2013
  • Lilit

    You can't say on your website that you have a Keith Haring exhibit and then only have three of his pieces.

    Lilit · November 30, 2013
  • marie R.

    Modern art and revolution Great show

    marie Raperto · November 9, 2013
  • ana o.

    Interesting exhibition about the history of the Armory Show

    ana otero · October 15, 2013
  • Sean R.

    Will not let you take photographs in the museum- even with no flash.

    Sean Risley · September 27, 2013
  • Feng Z.

    Free admission for Bloomberg employees and up to 3 adult guests.

    Feng Zhou · August 14, 2013
  • Wade H.

    caffe storico has a great prix fixe multi course brunch!

    Wade Howell · August 2, 2013
  • Teachers College S.

    With a massive permanent collection, constant stream of exhibitions, dense library, and a myriad of public programs, the NYHS is invaluable to anyone interested in the history and culture of NYC.

  • Time Out New York

    The city’s oldest museum has an archive of more than 1.6 million pieces of art, including Hudson River School paintings and the entire collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America watercolors. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 28, 2013
  • Mark M.

    NYU students get in id and you're good to go!

    Mark Morgan · June 23, 2013
  • Heather L.

    Taste of New York event = amazing artisan food

    Heather Liu · May 5, 2013
  • Jennifer C.

    John J. Audubon exhibit is gorgeous...

    Jennifer Coia · March 21, 2013
  • Jahmila V.

    Thomas Cole Course of Empire is amazing. My favorite, "The Consumption of Empire".

    Jahmila Vincent · March 5, 2013
  • Yifei Y.

    Make sure you watch the 18-min movie New York Story on the first floor before you leave. BEST short movie about the city I've seen ever!!!

    Yifei Yan · March 2, 2013
  • Shaelyn A.

    The museum store has a well-curated selection of trinkets that change along with the exhibits. Great for gifts.

    Shaelyn Amaio · February 18, 2013
  • Francesca C.

    The movie about the history of NYC is stunning

    Francesca Castelli · February 5, 2013
  • Randall H.

    If you're a parent, check out the kid's section in the basement.

    Randall Helms · November 24, 2012
  • James C.

    Nice museum. Cool professional developments.

    James C · November 6, 2012

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