Oldest Stuff in New York City
by Jonathan Zeller, 03/07/2012
Photo: Laura Mozes Photography
Oldest Museum: The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Paley proudly tells us that her employer "predates The Metropolitan Museum of Art by about 70 years." The place is packed with artifacts and art that illustrate history of New York City and far beyond. Some examples from the broad collection: Napoleon's authorization for the Louisiana Purchase and the original preparatory watercolors for John James Audubon's The Birds of America. While you're there, check out New York: A Portrait of the City, an assemblage of paintings and sculptures that act as a timeline of the five boroughs' history, in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.