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Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Ave, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029-5221
+1 212-534-1672
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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!
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1220 5th Ave, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029-5221
+1 212-534-1672
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is an educational and entertaining concentration of the various aspects of this great city. You can easily spend hours here, it is really a must see!

Thank krewrov
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It might seem out of the way, so far uptown on the East Side. But it's an easy walk along the park from the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums. So if you're at all interested in history, it's worth a visit. Lots of photos showing the...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot rate this museum highly enough. We found it completely absorbing, beautifully set out, informative, interactive and excellent value. I had allowed a couple of hours for the visit but we ended up staying for over four hours. We arrived just after 1030am on...More

Thank MrsB6410
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very well done exhibit of the history of the city of NY. A real history lesson easy to follow. This is not an art museum is a history of NY Museum. There is a small place to eat or have a cup of coffee....More

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only had time to go to one museum near Central Park, and I'm so glad I chose this one! There is a fantastic three room exhibit about the history of the city. Upstairs there were a few different photography exhibits, a fascinating doll house,...More

Thank KLF95
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of my favourite museums in Manhattan. The areas about the history of New York City are really interesting, and they had special exhibitions about the AIDS crisis in NYC, the history of Muslims in the city, and propaganda posters from the wars....More

Thank ParisMarx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum and worth a visit particularly if you are not familiar with the history of New York. I was hoping for a bit more about the period when the Dutch were in control. You need a few hours.

Thank misanthropicdreamer
Reviewed 12 July 2017

and on the other interprets the City of New York. It is supposed to educate the people of New Yorks destinctive character, of its through generations passed on diversity: Here is most important the history of the diversity. It was founded in 1923 as a...More

Thank Stephan G
Reviewed 10 July 2017

New York at its Core, the Museum's permanent exhibit, takes you through NYC history using interactive screens as well as exhibits filled with historic objects .It is divided into three sections:1609-1898, 1898-2012, and a Future City Lab all of which capture your attention and engage...More

Thank salannyc
Reviewed 10 July 2017

On the first floor there are two fabulous interactive photo exhibits that trace the development of this great city from the Lenape Indians to the Dutch and then all the European, Hispanic and African ethnicities. You see the influence of money, industry and geography. You...More

Thank njagold
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Jodean J
10 July 2017|
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Response from rpcohen | Reviewed this property |
Sure Particularly if they are with informed adults
20 May 2017|
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Response from rpcohen | Reviewed this property |
Would allow at least 4 hours