The New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
Manhattan, NY 10024
Upper West Side


At the New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, four centuries of history, heroes, legends, artifacts and art tell America's story from a local perspective. A massive collection, changing exhibits, talks and tours help visitors explore New York's fascinating past. At the end of your visit, stop by the unique gift shop to take home your own little piece of history.

Photo: Jon Wallen

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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