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New York Historical Society

Be exposed to over four centuries worth of rich New York history by visiting the exhibits and installations displayed at the New York Historical Society.

The New York Pass FREE ENTRY to the New York Historical Society Normally $21.00 - Free with New York Pass

Explore four centuries of New York City history when you visit the New York Historical Society.

Right across the street from Central Park, learn more about the city of New York and all of the Americans who have created bits of history within this country. When you visit the museum, you'll be served the culture of NYC on a silver platter. With the use of photographs, paintings and literature, the New York Historical Society put together amazing exhibits and installations that are a testament to the rich history of the United States.


In addition to the New York Historical Society's many changing exhibitions, they also feature quite an impressive collection of pieces that reside in the museum. In total, they've collected over 1.6 million pieces including sculptures by the likes of Daniel Chester French as well as drawings and historical artifacts. Perhaps one of the most interesting collections that the museum has is their 550 plus American board games dating back to the 19th century.

What's On

Panoramas: The Big Picture
Through December 8, 2019

Throughout history, panoramas were used for mass spectacle, popular education, and propaganda. A highlight is the 17-foot photographic view of San Francisco before the city’s devastating 1906 earthquake.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Mark Twain and the Holy Land
October 25, 2019 – February 2, 2020
In 1867, Mark Twain left for a trip through Europe and the Mediterranean. His humorous observations were published in The Innocents Abroad, now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Travel with Twain on his fabled journey and encounter the sites and inhabitants as he did.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown
November 1, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Our annual Holiday Express show has been reimagined to celebrate the 100th birthday of Richard Scarry, the author, and illustrator of Busytown. Magical installations will enchant you. Stop by to see characters like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Artist in Exile
The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde de Neuville

November 1, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Exiled by Napoleon, the Baroness came to America. As a woman and an outsider, she was an astute observer of the early republic’s culture and population including the first visitors from China and indigenous Americans.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere
Through January 12, 2020

Patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur. The legend of the midnight ride of Paul Revere has eclipsed his genuine accomplishments. Explore with us his work as an artisan, pioneering copper manufacturer, activist, and outstanding networker.  This unparalleled collection reveals all facets of his remarkable career.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Getting in

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Visiting New York Historical Society

Visiting New York Historical Society

  • Reservation required

    Advance reservations are required to visit New York Historical Society. Please call +1-212-485-9268 to reserve your date and time. You must present your valid pass for scanning upon arrival.

  • New York Historical Society 170 Central Park West ( 77th St) New York,NY 10024
  • Closest Subway 81st Street / 79th Street
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Opening Times

Friday: 11AM - 8PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11AM - 5PM

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