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. Put New-York Historical Society Museum & Library at the forefront of your travel plans using our New York City trip planning website.
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  • I had been to the NY Historical Society in 2014 and was impressed with their collection and exhibitions. Coming back in 2022 was a major disappointment. We had decided to visit so that we could see....  more
    I had been to the NY Historical Society in 2014 and was impressed with their collection and exhibitions. Coming back in 2022 was a major disappointment. We had decided to visit so that we could see....  more »
  • We came for the Tiffany lamps, and there was so much more of interest. I enjoyed the upside-down doll most of the additional exhibits. The two films were very well done and held our... 
    We came for the Tiffany lamps, and there was so much more of interest. I enjoyed the upside-down doll most of the additional exhibits. The two films were very well done and held our...  more »
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  • The New York Historical Society is a first class American Library & Museum that contains more than 1.6 million works of art and holds more than 3 million written works such as books, pamphlets, manuscripts, newspapers and other written documents. It is recognized as New York’s first museum and primarily features exhibitions that showcase New York and the United States from the 18th Century to the current times. In July Of 2022, I brought and treated myself and my wife for a visit to the New York Historical Society and we very much enjoyed our time at this top notch institution!!! Our favorite exhibitions were the “Meet The Presidents & The Oval Office” which features great portraits of US Presidents & stunning and highly detailed recreation of the White House & Oval Office, & “The Gallery Of Tiffany Lamp” which showcases the most extensive collection of gorgeously designed of Tiffany lamps!!! If you are passionate about art & history, then you should definitely visit and explore the New York Historical Society!!!
  • I waited too long to visit this museum but once I did, it's a regular spot of mine. Wonderful selection of rotating exhibits as well as a fantastic Tiffany permanent exhibit. You can view all exhibits in this smaller size museum. Great Cafe for coffee and light bite as well as restaurant too!

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