Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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  • Culture and History
    The whole Upper West Side is teeming with culture and history, but a few institutions take their subjects far beyond the neighborhood's boundaries. The halls of the American Museum of Natural History provide a trip through the past. The dinosaur wing and the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life are two of the museum's best-known exhibitions, but they're just the beginning. Across 77th Street, at The New-York Historical Society, visitors explore 400 years of history through exhibitions about the people and artifacts that helped shape the City. Changing topics might include board games or local beer; Hudson River School paintings and Tiffany lamps highlight the permanent collection. The museum also houses the DiMenna Children's History Museum, where little ones can engage with interactive exhibitions and check out games and a library. And close to Lincoln Center, the (free) American Folk Art Museum serves as a celebration of nonmainstream American art from the 18th century to today. The museum is also a place to see no-cost entertainment, with live music during "guitar afternoons" every Wednesday and in the evening on "Free Music Fridays." 

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