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New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society Review
Manhattan's oldest museum, founded in 1804, has one of the city's finest research libraries and a collection of 6 million pieces of art, literature, and memorabilia. Special exhibitions shed light on America's—and specifically, New York's—history, art, and architecture. Major exhibits have included Hudson River School landscapes and an examination of New York City's role in the slavery debate and the Civil War.
Visitors enter through the Great Hall, where kiosks and interactive exhibits explain original objects tied to key themes of American history, such as commerce and immigration. Special exhibits, like "WWII & NYC," "Beer Here: Brewing New York's History," and "AIDS in New York: The First Five Years" show off the museum's fresh approach and concentrated New York focus. The DiMenna Children's History Museum on the lower level invites children to become "history detectives" and to explore New York's past through interactive displays, hands-on activities, and the stories of iconic New York children through the centuries. The Historical Viewfinder allows kids to see how certain New York sites have changed over time. Unlike most other childrens' museums, this museum is geared to mature elementary school kids and middle schoolers, not toddlers. Caffé Storico, the light-filled restaurant on the first floor (with a separate entrance), serves upscale Italian food at lunch and dinner, and is open for brunch on the weekends.
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