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New-York Historical Society

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New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society, Central Park West Entrance

Photo © New-York Historical Society / Glenn Castellano

New-York Historical Society Facts:

  • Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is New York City's oldest museum.
  • The New-York Historical Society exhibitions explore the history of the United States through the prism of New York.
  • Changing exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are engaging and often interactive -- they raise issues about history and encourage visitors to question their preconceptions about a variety of historic issues.
  • In 2011, the N-YHS reopened after a major renovation and expansion, that included adding the DiMenna Children's History Museum, which is housed on the museum's lower level

New-York Historical Society Basics:

Address: 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
Phone: 212-873-3400
Nearest Subway: B/C to 81st Street
Website: http://www.nyhistory.org/

New-York Historical Society Admission:

  • Adult: $15
  • Seniors and Educators: $12
  • Students (with ID): $10
  • Children 5-13: $5
  • Members and Children 4 & under: free
Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 - 8 p.m

New-York Historical Society Hours:

  • Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Dining at New-York Historical Society:

Caffè Storico at New-York Historical Society serves small plates, as well as handmade pastas in a casually elegant setting. The cafe has an all-Italian wine list, as well as a full bar.

Tips for Visiting New-York Historical Society:

  • Audio tours and mobile apps offer visitors a chance to learn more about the exhibitions.
  • The independent research library is open to the public, though you should review the Library Guidelines when planning your visit/research.
  • There is a free bag and coat check available for visitors.
  • Public Programs at the N-YHS offer visitors a great opportunity to learn more about current exhibitions.
  • Visitors with school-aged children will enjoy the DiMenna Children's History Museum, which features many interactive exhibits, games and even a library for children to enjoy on the museum's lower level.

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