The New-York Historical Society’s collection examines American history from the perspective of New York City. Located on the Upper West Side, the institution holds a wide range of objects, including a signed copy of the Constitution, a stage curtain painted by Picasso for the ballet Le Tricorne, a plaster life mask of Abraham Lincoln and, at the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, millions of pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts and original letters penned by the likes of George Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. History buffs, take note: this is the oldest museum (founded in 1804) in the five boroughs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the best times to visit? The museum is generally quiet right after it opens at 10am. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library closes at 4:45pm, so arrive early if you want to pore over manuscripts. The museum is closed on Mondays and the library is closed Sundays and Mondays.
What should I see? In addition to the items mentioned above, one perennial favorite is New York Story, the institution’s immersive film experience, which explores how NYC went from trading outpost to one of the world’s great global capitals.
What can I do there with children? Located within the institution, the DiMenna Children’s History Museum explores New York and American history with a kid-friendly bent, featuring interactive exhibits, digital games and a variety of programming.
Is there anywhere to eat? Caffè Storico, an acclaimed Italian restaurant, is located on the museum’s main floor. The surrounding neighborhood features a selection of restaurants, including a nearby Shake Shack.
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