New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, New York City

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#2 of 13 in Childrens Museums in New York City
Take a bite out of the Big Apple's rich culture with a stop at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, the city's first museum. Established in 1804, this museum contains a collection of over 1.5 million objects, including major artworks by Thomas Cole, Eastman Johnson, Rembrandt Peale, and James Bard. The museum's collection of artifacts ranges from a historic chair used at George Washington's presidential inauguration to more than 500 American board games. The on-site research library features more than three million books and newspapers, as well as a vast collection of materials documenting slavery and the post-Civil War period. Prepare for your visit by downloading an audio guide to your mobile device. Put New-York Historical Society Museum & Library at the forefront of your travel plans using our New York City trip planning website .
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  • Make sure you include this museum on your trip to New York. It gives you a wonderful look into the beginings of New York and had a short movie that was very moving about all that New Yorkers have delt...  more »
  • How wonderful to visit a museum where visitors are not running around taking selfies in front of paintings. We got to see Thomas Cole's Course of Empire. The Hudson River exhibit was outstanding and i...  more »
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  • Excellent exhibit on the history of magic with Harry Potter as the incentive to get us in the door. The fascination was with JK Rowling’s draft scripts from some of her series. Shows such hard work and genius! The shocker was the extensive Tiffany exhibit that just amazed us in every way! The craftsmanship, color, designs and brilliance of these lights amazed my entire family. Wish we had more time.
  • We went to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Historical Society and it did not disappoint. The museum is nice on its own but the Harry Potter exhibit was awesome. The exhibit ended in January but they have different exhibits all the time. There was a exhibit on the Tiffany chandelier’s which was very pretty.
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