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Museum of the City of New York

  • 1220 5th Ave. Map It
  • Upper East Side

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In a Colonial Revival building designed for the museum in the 1930s, the city's history and many quirks are revealed through engaging exhibits here. The museum stages rotating exhibitions on subjects such as architecture, fashion, history, and politics. "Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks" and "Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival" provided unique perspectives of the everchanging city–exploring the architectural struggles in the periods before and after the Landmarks Law of 1965 as well as the cultural and political changes—playing out against a soundtrack of folk music—in Greenwich Village in the 50s and 60s. Don't miss Timescapes, a 25-minute media projection that innovatively illustrates New York's physical expansion and population changes, or "Activist New York," an ongoing exploration of the city's history of social activism. You can also find New York–centric lectures, films, and walking tours here. The museum is currently in

the last phase of a three-part, $95 million renovation that will upgrade and modernize the entire facility. Improvements to date include a new climate-control system, new flooring, an updated lobby and terrace, a redesigned gift shop, and restored historical elements throughout the building. The third phase of the modernization includes the addition of a state-of-the-art auditorium and a new café. The museum remains open during renovations, which are expected to be completed in early 2016. When finished touring the museum, cross the street and stroll through the Vanderbilt Gates to enter the Conservatory Garden, one of Central Park's hidden gems.

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1220 5th Ave., at 103rd St., New York, New York, 10029, USA

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  • $14 suggested donation
  • Daily 10–6


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