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. Plan to visit Museum of the City of New York and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New York City attractions using our New York City route maker .
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  • The staff at the Museum of the City of New York were great and very informative. The layout was great as it offered the insight required to get a grasp of the before now and after. Would definitely re...  more »
  • I’ve been to this museum more than once because there are always excellent exhibits. This time I went specifically for the Outside Art exhibit and as usual it was fascinating. The time line of New Yor...  more »
  • Small, pleasant museum that tells the story of New York based on different aspects. Very interesting video about the city's development. Exciting exhibitions. Nice, simple café with good bread from Amy's. Very friendly staff. Nice shop. Changing exhibitions. Quiet.
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  • Being here for the first time is delightful and very good lighting and if your hungry after all the walking, you can sit down and have a drink at the cafe area on the second floor- Adults pay $18.00 I recommend you be rested and be ready to walk a lot but it’s worth it.... It’s a multi cultural visiting museum so you won’t feel left out. So much history to see here’ you can literally stay for hours- I recommend good company if you don’t want to be alone. The cafe is reasonable food prices, I believe below 10.00 depending what your getting’ they have bagels,cakes, teas like earl gray, etc. they sell pizza coffees etc. if you want to get out the house this is a nice place to visit starting in the opening time and have the rest of the afternoon for you.... enjoy
  • Fantastic spot, we go often, so much to do, kids and adults are totally taken by the exhibits. If your looking for some non cliche gifts for out of town friends also good gift shop. Cafe on the upper floor is good, and not frighteningly expensive. The coolest thing for kids is the city buildup room, you can build a park or street or building and it shows up on a big screen and by standing in Certain places you appear in your city. Really well executed design. Go. Now.
  • A perfectly sized museum dedicated to all the aspects of New York City. Everytime we go we learn something new. The curators are very smart to pair modern and historic themes across all of the exhibits. The interactivity is also very impressive. Even as an adult you want to "play" with the technology.
  • It has great exhibits and tours. I personally love New York and so it was very interesting to see the city through the lens of different times and issues. It even has some interactive exhibits. I'll go there again.
  • Very cool museum! My nephew loved the interactive portion. I thought the guide was joking when he said the "Most Interesting Stairway" was that way, turns out it was pretty interesting lol. The history of New York City is one that connects worldwide and thought there was a lot to take in. One day wasn't enough to really grasp the depth of the museum. Plan on coming back soon!
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