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

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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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  • I met a long time friend and local New Yorker at the Historical Society. What a great experience. From Tiffany lamps to World War I exhibits. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch within the Museum!!  more »
  • Road closures and a horrible traffic jam on the other side of Central Park meant a change of plan, so we went here for something to do. We didn't expect much, but enjoyed a couple of hours here. The e...  more »
  • I wanted a historical overview of NYC and originally planned a trip to the history museum. The Historical Society was a second choice but a good one. The Revolutionary era artifacts were very interest...  more »
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  • I've only been to their shop and cafe- very peaceful and great for a break after going through the galleries. I love how neatly the goods are displayed and the employees are so helpful. Baked goods are delicious and surprisingly priced like a normal coffee shop!
  • Eclectic grab bag of stuff. Some rotating historical exhibits and some really fun stuff, including a gorgeous and massive collection of Tiffany lamps on the top floor.
  • Great museum. Easy to get to on the B and C train. Kids museum on the lower level. Had 3 or 4 galleries upstairs. We spent about 3 hours.
  • I was not that impressed, but it was not a waste of time at the same time I probably wont go back. TWO stars because for the price they charge it is not much of a value for the buck. The story of NY show/movie was pretty good. We were done in about two hours, this place is directly across from Museum of Natural History,( now that is a museum worth going!)
  • The fourth floor water fountain has poor water pressure. They also had pretty lamps.