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Museum of the City of New York

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

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

The city's present, past, and future is explored through quirky, engaging exhibits on subjects such as architecture, fashion, history, and politics in a Colonial Revival building designed for the museum in the 1930s. Exhibitions such as "New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway" and "New York At Its Core" explore the sweep and diverse faces of the city's history through artifacts, photography, archival film, and interactive digital experiences. 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. In late 2015, the museum completed the last phase of a three-part, $95 million renovation to upgrade and modernize the entire facility. Improvements included a new climate-control system, an updated lobby and terrace, a redesigned gift shop, the addition of a state-of-the-art auditorium and a new café, and restored historical elements throughout the building. 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

Published 01/10/2017


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May 12, 2016

One of my favorites!

The Museum of the City of New York is a great way to start your trip to NYC. In addition to a nice introduction video to the history of the city, there are always great exhibits! "Activist New York" and a previous exhibit about Jacob Riis (photographer/journalist in the early 1900s) were especially good.

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