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The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library hits the spot for anyone craving an offbeat and often surprising bite of New York City culture easily digested in an hour or two. Quirky, smart, immersive and right next door to the much larger and more well-known American Museum of Natural History, the New-York Historical Society Museum offers a rich taste of New York City with a collection that includes everything from 16th-century arrowheads to almost 3,000 historical toys and games to a model of Lincoln’s head from the same sculptor who created the Lincoln Memorial to a door from the first fire engine that reached ground zero on September 11. The museum's mission is dedicated to promoting research and presenting history and art exhibitions that show the public the impact that the history of New York has on the present.

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is the city's oldest museum but a three-year, $70-million renovation completed in 2011 brought the block-long neoclassical building up to date with a contemporary glass exterior, inventive new exhibitions, interactive touchscreen stations, multimedia installations, an innovative new Children’s History Museum, a 425-seat theater, and an upscale Italian restaurant. Current exhibitions and others like them, as well as all of their related educational programs, comprise some of the world’s most renowned collections of artifacts, American art and other supporting materials that document the rich history of New York City, State and the United States as a whole. See why the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been the winner of TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Award for the sixth year in a row with tickets at great prices from! 

Summer 2017 Schedule
Celebrate Independence Day!

This Fourth of July, guests 17 can enjoy free museum admission. Experience living history reenactors, decorate flag cookies and fill up on hot dogs! Furthermore, see the Hudson River Ramblers perform, test your knowledge on revolutionary trivia and let your creativity flow during family craft activities! 

Living History Days
America’s fascinating past comes to life on select weekends and holidays, when living historians reenact special moments of history. Guests will be able to learn how to use early American equipment, participate in military drills at the Great Hall, play instruments from history and see what the homes of years past looked like. 

World War I Beyond the Trenches
Through September 3, 2017
World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities and the political spectrum used their work to promote, memorialize, or oppose the divisive conflict during the First World War. Featured artists include: George Bellows, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Claggett Wilson and more.

American Visionary – John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
Through January 7, 2018
There’s no other politician who has been photographed more than John F. Kennedy. From his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and his tragic death in Dallas in 1963, see his life through a different lens – featuring 77 images that are both iconic and rarely seen before. 

Eloise at the Museum
June 30 – October 9, 2017
Celebrate the audacious spirit and feisty charm of picture-book heroine Eloise in this fun exhibition that showcases her adventures in Moscow and Paris, and her life at The Plaza! Revel in more than 75 objects including original manuscript pages, sketchbooks, photographs and vintage dolls – all a collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight, who brought this one-of-a-kind character to life.

The Henry Luce Center

Gallery of Tiffany Lamps
Celebrate the work and designs of Louis C. Tiffany, Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls in an immersive gallery highlighting 100 stunning illuminated glass lamps from New-York Historical’s collection.

Center for Women’s History
The Center for Women’s History is unlike any other and the first of its kind in the United States. Explore the pivotal role women played throughout American history through groundbreaking exhibitions, public programs, scholarship and education.

Permanent Collection
A wide-range display of American and New York art, objects and interactive media are yours to explore, as history comes alive in this informative and engaging collection. 

Why Go?

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A completely unique historical experience, as well as a library featuring over four centuries of history and art that offers a rich taste of New York City, New York State, and the country at large.

Fun Fact: The New-York Historical Society predates the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly 70 years, and its art holdings consist of more than 1.6 million works. Included in this formidable collection are: Hudson River School Paintings by Frederic Edwin Church and Thomas Cole; American Portraits by Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart; all 435 of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for Birds of America. These unique and irreplaceable pieces, and so much more, are why this museum is one you will absolutely not want to miss. At the New-York Historical Society, you can immerse yourself in local and national history.

Additional Information

The New York Historical Museum is a great place for kids. Children under 7 years old are free!  They’ll definitely enjoy the DiMenna Children’s Museum and are welcome to explore the rest of the museum as well!

Photography (no flash or tripods) is allowed in the fourth-floor Luce Center and in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.  In all other areas of the museum, photography is prohibited. Hearing and visual impairments don’t stop guests from enjoying the museum.  There is a free audio tour for Revolution! And most exhibits, including all in the DiMenna Children’s Museum, have audio and visuals.

Strollers are welcomed in The New York Historical Galleries as well as the DiMenna Children’s Museum.  Collapsible strollers may be left at the coat check.

There is a wheelchair entrance at 2 West 77th Street, and Wheelchairs are accessible throughout the museum.  Should you require a wheelchair rental, they are available to visitors for free, but make sure you reserve yours in advance.

Street parking near the Museum is tough to find so we recommend the parking garages that are located on 77th, 76th, and 75th Street.

Voucher and rates expire 12/31/17

Hungry for more?
Experience the casual elegance of Storico, which offers delicious Italian fare, or our new coffee shop, Parliament. Then explore the Museum Store for unique NYC gifts.

Museum & Museum Store Hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024