New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
Established in 1804 as New York's first museum, the New-York Historical Society offers a window into the city's storied past. Visit the historical society via a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and get transportation to top attractions around the city. Tours typically pass the historical society, and may offer a great value, with optional ticket upgrades. If visiting on your own, purchase tickets in advance to avoid weekend ticket lines.
Things to Know Before You Go
The New-York Historical Society is a must-see for history enthusiasts.
Kids and families shouldn't miss the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, located within the historical society, which offers a kid-friendly take on American history.
Those with limited time should prioritize the 18-minute film on the history of the city, from outpost to metropolis.
For a great value, purchase a city pass for free entry at the New-York Historical Society and dozens of museums around the city.
Free afternoon guided tours are offered twice daily.
How to Get There
Though a hop-on hop-off bus tour is the easiest way to reach the historical society, independent travelers typically opt to take the subway. Hop on the A, B, or C train to the 81st Street-Museum of Natural History Station, or the 1 or 2 train to the 79th Street Station. Find the New-York Historical Society located across from Central Park.
When to Get There
The New-York Historical Society is open Tuesday to Sunday, with later evening hours on Friday and shorter hours on Sunday. For a free guided tour of the collection, arrive at 2pm or 3:30pm, daily. To avoid crowds, visit earlier in the week, as weekends tend to be busiest.
Visiting the Children’s History Library
A family-friendly destination inside the New-York Historical Society, the Children’s History Library is a great place to take a break with the kids. Rest on the bench seats and flip through a picture book, root around the History Hunt drawers, or check out the collection of kid-friendly maps. Weekend visitors shouldn't miss the library's Sunday Story Time, held weekly at 11:30am.
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