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Museum of the City of New York, New York City

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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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  • Ok, it was scorching hot and we had a free ticket (Grayline hop on off bus) so we went in. The 30 min film was excellent. Couldn't get excited about anything else do left.  more »
  • We had a couple of hours and although we were based in midtown were thrilled with the historical, cultural and demographic information we found at the city museum. Lots of information is provided in e...  more »
  • Interesting and very well presented the history and daily life of the city of NY. The future section in a little confusing, but also challanging.  more »
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  • Every time I've been here I have enjoyed myself. Every exhibit has so many things to look at and read. I am a huge history buff, but there are still many things I have learned from visiting this place. I find even the permanent exhibits worth visiting every time I go. I especially love the dollhouse. The details are fascinating. I only wish the museum was larger.
  • Exhibits: Great movie downstairs about how the city has changed over time, also maps throughout that show how things like wealth, pop density, and diversity have changed over the centuries. Other exhibits of good quality, for example one exhibit managed to make the city's zoning laws interesting (no small feat). Space: 3 small floors, not crowded, not too many kids. I went on a Saturday and although it wasn't too busy or too dead, the experience was kind of interrupted by a giant catering crew that was setting up for an evening event. I get it though, hosting that event makes more money. Gift store: 2 small ones, heavy on interesting books, other stuff that wasn't too tacky, decent price range. Food Court: None, also be aware that this area is kind of a restaurant desert. Whatever little place you do find nearby will be overpriced. Plan ahead.
  • This is a hidden gem. I accidentally noticed this museum and I loved it. It tells the history of NYC in a very elegant way. The lay out and the display technology used in this museum is top notch. If you love NYC and want to know more about the city then this museum is a must. It is worth the $18 adult admission.
  • I enjoyed the movie downstairs. It was well made and very interesting. I also enjoyed these interactive maps and charts. However I think that it is quite small for 18$. So perfect for a rainy day but I wouldn't visit it twice to be honest.
  • Really good, compact museum fitting a lot into it's relatively small space. The digital screens exhibit information in a really effective and enjoyable way and you find yourself really drawn in to the stories that they tell. A good way to spend a day.