New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Top 1% of attractions in New York City
8 / 10

9 expert reviews

“Founded in 1804, New York’s oldest museum provides a comprehensive look at the city’s rich history and heritage, exhibiting an extensive collection of documentary and portrait photography as well as artifacts, paintings, and sculpture.”

– Travel + Leisure

Fodor's Fodor's
"A contemporary glass facade, sleek technology and interactivity, a new children's museum, restaurant, and inventive exhibitions that showcase the museum's eclectic collections and voice." Full review
Frommer's Frommer's
"Launched in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is a major repository of American history, culture, and art, with a special focus on New York and its broader cultural significance." Full review
Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
"As the antiquated hyphenated name implies, the Historical Society is the city’s oldest museum, founded in 1804 to preserve the city’s historical and cultural artifacts." Full review
In the lobby, be sure to look up: the ceiling mural from Keith Haring’s 1986 ‘Pop Shop’ hangs above the admissions desk.
Time Out Time Out
"New York’s oldest museum, founded in 1804, was one of America’s first cultural and educational institutions." Full review
Not For Tourists Not For Tourists
"Oldest museum in New York City."
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