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New York Historical Society Admission

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Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is New York's oldest museum. Now, we're the step inside, join the revolution, and discover how we're making history matter more than ever.

The New-York Historical Society is the only museum in the metropolitan area where you will encounter acclaimed exhibitions that are part history lesson and part art exhibition.
New-York Historical Society NY and the American ExperienceLearn about American history through the lens of New York. New York Rising reveals the rich, visceral stories of the Federal era city and the people who helped shape it. Five interactive touch screens make it all come to life. New York and the American Experience will introduce you to the major themes that show the central role New York played in the evolution of the United States.

New York Under Your Feet will show you 12 subterranean cases (two of which are holographic) that magically tell the story of urban archaeology and the relics found underground in New York. Remembering 9/11: features a series of moving photographs taken on and shortly after September 11, 2001. New York Story (an 18-minute theatrical media experience set in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art theater) illuminates the story of New York and its rise from a remote outpost to a city at the center of the world.
Families will enjoy the new DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical SocietyDiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society. Here, American history comes to life through the eyes of children. Kids of all ages can become History Detectives…they can discover the past through six historic figure pavilions…use the Historical Viewfinder display to see how sites in New York City have changed over time… go to the polls at the "Cast Your Vote pavilion"… and add their voices at the installation "You Are An American Dreamer, Too".

New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's History Museum recently won a spot in Time Out New York Kids' list of the Top 10 museum exhibits for kids. Why?

Time Out reports...
"The "museum within a museum," occupying 4,000 square feet on the Historical Society's lower level, offers kids the opportunity to learn NYC history through the eyes of children. Young historical detectives visit seven pavilions centered around New Yorkers both famous (Alexander Hamilton) and anonymous (boys and girls who hawked newspapers). Touch screens are ubiquitous, but it is the decidedly low-tech

See 400 years of American History - in one place, in one afternoon. The New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the country. It combines timely and substantive special exhibitions with unparalleled museum and library collections for the study of New York and early U.S. history.
The collections span the nation's history from the Revolutionary War to the present, with 40,000 objects ranging from George Washington's camp bed at Valley Forge to the world's largest collection of Tiffany lamps, and manuscripts by U.S. Presidents.

At the New-York Historical Society, we believe that knowing where we came from helps us understand who we are now.

What are the Current Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society?

NY Historical Society Superheroes in GothamSuperheroes in Gotham
Date: Through February 21, 2016
Superheroes have protected Gotham for nearly a century. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, they have been both powerful role models and a reflection of the times. Flying, caped, or invisible, these larger-than-life characters with superhuman powers (and convincing day jobs) have leaped off the page into popular culture and our daily lives. Superheroes in Gotham traces comic book history’s New York origins to the genre’s contemporary global reach.
NY Historical Society Jerni CollectionHoliday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
Date:Through February 28, 2016
The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection, now owned by the New-York Historical Society, of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era.With vibrant and sweeping displays of spectacular antique trains, toys, and scenic elements, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed this season for the third annual exhibition, Holiday Express. Come experience the beauty and allure of a bygone era.

NY Historical Society Silicon CitySilicon City: Computer History Made in New York
Date: Through April 17, 2016

Where did the computer revolution begin? Long before Silicon Valley became synonymous with all things digital, the Big Apple was the hub of American technology and commerce. Through art, artifacts, and interactive displays, Silicon City traces the pioneering ideas that would reshape our daily lives. From the unlikely origins of electricity and the telegraph to the emergence of satellites, gaming, and the personal computer, this groundbreaking exhibition explores key innovations that paved the way for today’s Internet Age and the vital community of tech companies that now call New York home.

What are Ongoing & Special Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society?

New York Historical Society: NY and the American ExperienceNew York & The Nation in the The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History
Explore the story of New York and America in the newly designed Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Highlights include:

Collection Highlights and New York and the American Experience
Mounted on the building's original 1904 columns are grand digital screens displaying a continuous, thematically co-ordinated slide show of treasures from the New-York Historical Society's collections. The west face of the columns features individual stations, incorporating interactive touch screens and museum artifacts, presenting six themes in American history which are found interwoven with the history of New York. Currently, the columns display a series of portraits featuring the model Editta Sherman, which were part of Bill Cunningham's Facades project. The series was shown here at the New-York Historical Society in 1976, in an exhibit entitled Fashions and Façades, under the guidance of curator Mary Black. Projected on dramatic flat screens affixed to six structural columns, the array of objects and images functions as visual signage that demonstrates to our visitors the depth of New-York Historical's collections. Visitors can access images and information about our App.

Liberty/Liberté by Fred Wilson
Upon entering the New-York Historical Society, the visitor encounters Fred Wilson's Liberty/ Liberté, an installation that offers the viewer access to the multiple layers of interpretation of the history and historical figures of the Age of Revolution.

New York Rising
The showpiece of the space occupies a forty-two-foot wall facing Central Park West, and illustrates New York's critical contribution to the founding of the United States. Covering the period from the American Revolution through to the New-York Historical Society's 1804 founding, a contemporary interpretation of a nineteenth-century salon-style display uses some of New-York Historical's most treasured objects and cutting-edge technology to convey the historical narrative.
Out of the ashes of the British occupation of New York and Evacuation Day in November 1783 at the American Revolution's end, New York emerged as the first capital of the United States. It was where George Washington was inaugurated the first president; where the Northwest Ordinance, mandating westward expansion, was debated and signed in 1787; where the essays comprising the Federalist Papers advocating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution were written (by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay); where the First Congress sat in 1789; and where the Bill of Rights was introduced. As the place where Hamilton conceived of an American financial system, New York also became the American business capital of the country. Against the philosophical and intellectual framework of the Enlightenment, the New Yorkers who participated in the country's founding were immersed in an often-fractious atmosphere of debate, intellectual discourse, and political experimentation. In 1804, as this historical moment was passing, the New-York Historical Society was founded, motivated by an expressed need to collect items pertaining to the history of the state and of the nation, as well as the mission to capture and interpret not only the revolutionary and Federal eras, but the years to come. In so doing, New-York Historical deliberately participated in the creation of a self-consciously American culture.

Leah and Michael Weisberg Monumental Treasures Wall
A 10-foot-high display case in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History showcases large-scale maps, architectural drawings, documents and other works on paper that previously could not be exhibited because of their size and light sensitivity.

History Under Your Feet
Under visitors' feet, the Smith Gallery also features nine porthole-like floorcases displaying objects found by avocational archaeologists and other professionals seeking history below the ground of New York City. Objects include arrowheads, military buttons, bullets and a colossal oyster shell excavated at an extant nineteenth-century tavern.
here is new york
New-York Historical also displays a rotating selection from the approximately 6,200 photographs comprising the powerful here is new york collection of images taken in New York on and in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The collection echoes the Founding New Yorkers theme of resilience, renewal and transformation emerging from the ashes of catastrophic events. Accompanying the photography installation will be a large fragment of a fire truck destroyed during the 9/11 attack.
Pop Shop Ceiling by Keith Haring

A ceiling mural by Keith Haring hangs above the admissions desk. The work is taken from the interior of the Pop Shop, which Haring opened in SoHo in 1986 to sell shirts, posters, and other merchandise reproducing his artwork. He painted the shop's entire interior in black-and-white. The mural was a gift from the Keith Haring Foundation upon the store's closing in 2005.
NY Historical Society: Picasso Le TricornePicasso's Le Tricorne
Date: Ongoing
The New-York Historical Society is proud to unveil our newly acquired and conserved Picasso. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (“El sombrero de tres picos” or “Le tricorne”). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called “Le Tricorne” the artist’s “supreme theatrical achievement.” The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet.

New York Story
Date: Ongoing
You know the city -- now be enthralled by the stories. Witness New York's rise from remote outpost to city at the center of the world in this 18-minute panoramic film experience shown on a 75-foot screen in surround-sound.
We were absolutely blown away by the film which manages to convey more about New York and its history than one could ever imagine being crammed into 18 minutes.
- Carol Leimas NYC

New York Historical Society Double Eagle CoinUnited States 1933 Double Eagle
Date: Ongoing
On display is one of the most famous and storied coins in the world—the 1933 Double Eagle. The Double Eagle is on display in The Robert H. & Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Designed by the renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the coin features the figure of Liberty striding before the Capitol Building on its face and an eagle in flight on the reverse.
In 1933 the United States struck almost a half million twenty-dollar gold coins, commonly known as Double Eagles. At virtually the same time, in one of his first acts as President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order banning the payout of gold, weaning the country off the gold standard. The 1933 Double Eagles, although legally made, became illegal to own and were never circulated. In 1934, two were sent to the Smithsonian Institution for posterity, and in February 1937 the rest were melted into gold bars and sent to Fort Knox—or so it seemed.
In 1944, a 1933 Double Eagle appeared in a New York auction, and the United States Secret Service determined that a U.S. Mint employee had stolen a number of the coins in 1937, and identified ten 1933 Double Eagles that had escaped destruction, of which nine were surrendered or seized. One was beyond reach, as it had been purchased by King Farouk of Egypt, and after 1954 it disappeared. In 1996 a British coin dealer was arrested while trying to sell a 1933 Double Eagle, which he swore had formerly belonged to King Farouk.
In 2002, the coin was sold at auction for $7,590,020, nearly doubling the previous world record. That very coin—the only 1933 Double Eagle which may be legally owned by an individual—will be on display at New-York Historical, on temporary loan from an anonymous private collection.
New York Historical Society: Games We PlayedThe Games We Played: American Board and Table Games from the Liman Collection Gift
The Games We Played presents a rotating selection of board and table games from the Liman Collection, an extraordinary collection of more than 500 examples donated to New-York Historical by Ellen Liman in 2000. These games, which entertained families from the 1840s to the 1920s, offer a fascinating window on the values, beliefs and aspirations of middle-class Americans. During the period, families embraced leisure pursuits in the home and encouraged their children to play games that would develop skills and provide moral instruction. At the same time, advances in chromolithography allowed board game manufacturers, like New York City-based McLoughlin Brothers, to produce sumptuous, eye-catching games at affordable prices.

New York Historical Society: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln StatuesStatues of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
Date: Through June 1, 2017
The life-size bronze figures of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) that stand at either entrance to the New-York Historical Society bring to life the story of freedom that is deeply embedded in American history and is a primary focus of New-York Historical's programs. Throughout his candidacy and presidency, Lincoln emphasized a new birth of freedom for the United States and identified slavery as a moral and political issue that threatened the nation's survival. Although Lincoln's home state was Illinois, it was New York politicians, journalists, and imagemakers who engineered his rise to the top of the Republican ticket in the 1860 election. His assassination in 1865 united New Yorkers, who turned out en masse to file by the casket lying in state at City Hall and participate in the funeral procession.

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture
The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on our fourth floor will be closed for renovations through December 2016.

What are Upcoming Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society

New York Historical Society: New York Historical Society:The Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi's Maestà ConservedThe Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi's Maestà Conserved
Date: December 11, 2015-March 20, 2016
After a two-year absence for conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New-York Historical Society's Virgin and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maesta returns. Painted ca. 1334 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, the jewel-like panel will take pride of place in a small focus exhibition highlighting its conservation treatment. Thomas Jefferson Bryan, an early connoisseur of Italian "primitives," i.e., painters before Raphael, bequeathed the Gaddi panel to New-York Historical in 1867, along with his entire collection. As New York City's first museum, New-York Historical wrote an early chapter in preserving the culture of the City, and Bryan played a pioneering role in its collecting history, amassing works by both European and American artists. Fittingly, Gaddi's painting will be displayed with a several other fourteenth- and early-fifteenth-century Italian panels from the Bryan Collection.

Explore the New-York Historical Society Store
Shop for NYC gifts, exhibition-related merchandise, jewelry, toys and more. We also carry a carefully curated line of Made in New Yorkfood. 

Fine Dining at the New-York Historical Society
Enjoy casual elegance and great food at Caffe Storico. It features a wonderful array of antipasti, artisanal pastas, panini at lunch and hearty entrees for dinner. An all-Italian wine list perfectly complements the cuisine and a delightful selection of dolci ends the meal well.

What are the New-York Historical Society Hours of Operation? 
Open Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday 10am-6m; Friday 10am-8pm; closed Monday.

Where is the New-York Historical Society Located?

The New-York Historical Society is located in a landmark building at 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street.

What are the Directions to the New-York Historical Society?
  • 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street and Broadway
  • 1 to 79th Street and Broadway
  • B (weekdays only) or C to 81st Street and Central Park West

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