Museum of the City of New York, New York City
Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Museum of the City of New York explores the past, present, and future of one of the world's most famous cities. The red-brick, neo-Georgian building, built in 1929 and 1930, boasts a vast collection of items related to the city, with a particularly extensive dedication to objects from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn about New York, its people, and its distinctive character through paintings, prints, antiques, and other artifacts. The museum's photos includes works by a number of famous photographers. Don't miss the museum's rare items, such as the chair that belonged to Sarah Rapelje, said to be the first child born in New York of European parents. You can grab a bite to eat afterward at Chalsty's Cafe. Use our New York City itinerary planner to visit Museum of the City of New York on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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As a New Yorker I come here when the exhibits change. This time we came primarily to see Gay Gotham which was very well done and enlightening. I always pop in to see the Gilded Age because I love the ... read more »
My family didn't plan on visiting this museum but we got in free because we visited El Museo del Barrio. This museum actually has some really nice exhibit. If you want to learn the history of New York... read more »
If you what to use a couple of hours alone or with family learning about this magnificent city go to this museum. Located in 103 St and 5th avenue in front of central park. Very good displays and maps... read more »
Museum Of The City of New York - thank you for hosting the "Catching Up and Getting Ahead" - Wilson Reading System month long training during July 2016 for my daughter Jaz. While waiting for my daughter to complete her training, I took the opportunity to roam around the museum learning about NYC. This small cozy museum is a fraction of the American Museum of Natural History with so much packed in here. The staffs are friendly and extremely helpful. My favorite places to visit were the Timescape movie, the ROZ CHAST exhibit, LOST IN OLD NY, the Court Yard, and the cafe.
In a quiet uptown location near the northern end of Central Park (right across from the Conservatory Garden), the MCNY has a number of rotating exhibits that walk you through the history of New York City from many different angles such as; diversity, political, the arts, etc. As an extra bonus - the El Museo del Barrio is literally a block away.
It thought this museum was kinda weak. I was more expecting 17th century and 1800's New York. Life and the livings of those times and a "now & then" take of New York City. The art to I felt it was very amateurish at best, something a jr high school student would have done. And the marathon I couldn't care less either. I did like the Tiffany room, might have been the beet part of the whole museum. This museum I could have skipped.
For such amazing city the museum is not as good as I expected. Exhibitions have little to do with New York, except movie and Roz Chast exibitions (which was good). Our tour was boring, we left it after 15 mins. Tour guide told same things over and over again and did not provided any info we could not get just by reading description of items.
This is a fantastic, small museum with rotating exhibits. I got a voucher for the breakfast at the museum and the Timescapes movie screening depicting the history of NYC. The documentary was excellent and very informative. Pair a visit to this museum with a tour of nearby Harlem.
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