New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, New York City

(3.9/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Take a bite out of the Big Apple's rich culture with a stop at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, the city's first museum. Established in 1804, this museum contains a collection of over 1.5 million objects, including major artworks by Thomas Cole, Eastman Johnson, Rembrandt Peale, and James Bard. The museum's collection of artifacts ranges from a historic chair used at George Washington's presidential inauguration to more than 500 American board games. The on-site research library features more than three million books and newspapers, as well as a vast collection of materials documenting slavery and the post-Civil War period. Prepare for your visit by downloading an audio guide to your mobile device. New-York Historical Society Museum & Library is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, New York City Edition.
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  • Saving Washington about women who shaped early America and Tatooed New York were both excellent. Their collection of Hudson River School paintings and the Audubon collections are also wonderful.  more »
  • This handsome building next to the Natural History Museum has great historical exhibits and a wonderful collection of art. The cafe inside is excellent as is the introductory video about New York City...  more »
  • Brother visiting and adult son & I went here as closest to first museum (Natural History). Terrific exhibits about NY and currently an exhibit about Tattooing which I have to say was quite interesting...  more »
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  • ​Visited on a Friday evening, when it is pay-as-you-want. The allotted two hours (6-8pm) was more than enough to see all four exhibits. The 18-minute film, 'New York Story', showing at the auditorium, told the city's colorful history, highlighting its humble beginnings and rise as a global city. There is a small gift shop by the entrance.
  • My favorite kind of museum: small, manageable, and of the highest quality. Saw an exhibition of of American folk art in which every item was special - I could have spent hours in the single (large) room. Picasso's huge curtain on the second floor is one of the few pieces that might be a standard tourist attraction - and it's gorgeous - but it's mostly the small things that count.
  • This is properly one of my favorite museum. It's small, manageable to get around and not too big. The art here is just amazing, I wish I had some skills like that. Staffs are friendly and knowledgeable. Overall great place to visit.
  • so cool. learned so much. great place. clean and the staff was so great.
  • Great place for the whole family. I enjoyed the current Picasso exhibit while my kids enjoy the children's historical hands on tour of New York history. Don't miss the historical film, regardless of your status in relation to thw city you will appreciate it and will feel a part of the great metropolis!