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Beth Ackerman
· February 20, 2018
Love the cafe and its high ceilings with historical china on display in a playful and fresh context. The reno of the whole museum in the last 5 years was beautifully done and draws us in. Good to ha...ve that solid Lincoln out front to pose with, as an antidote to the times we find ourselves in. See More
Elan HiArt
· August 17, 2017
I think it is a great place to learn about history in New York City in a fun and memorable way. The staff is very knowledagble, the exhibits are hands on and full of interesting information, good for ...kids and adults and near other great sites. Good visit worth the time. See More
Mary Schoen
· November 25, 2017
Very well done! Staff very friendly and helpful. My grandson who is an 8-year old train fanatic loved it. My 12-year old granddaughter also Enjoyed herself, particularly the “federalbook”, set up l...ike Facebook—the 18 minute film on history of NYC was very good and short enough to keep it interesting. See More
Liane Grady
· October 1, 2017
Definitely worth a visit. I will go back again now that I know just where it is located and how long of a walk. They had a lot of information that unfortunately I didn't have the time to read about. T...he exhibits I did see were excellent. I especially liked the Tiffany Lamp exhibit and the history behind these exquisite pieces. See More
Perele von Shifer
· August 16, 2017
I visited NYHS today to see the WWI exhibit. Wonderful collection of paintings and posters. I particularly went to see John Singer Sargent's "Gassed" . There is an 11 minute animation by Winsor McK...ay about the sinking of the Lusitania. Other amazing paintings by George Bellow, Georgia O'Keefe, Norman Rockwell and more. Not to mention the Tiffany lamps on the 4th floor! Can't wait to see the upcoming exhibit: "Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art" showcases powerful works by the great 20th-century activist-in-art Arthur Szyk, who confronted Nazism, Fascism, racism, militarism, anti-Semitism, and other evils of the World War II era in his forceful drawings, caricatures, and paintings. (from NYHS Facebook page) See More
Edgar Herrarte
· July 23, 2017
I came to meet education program but have the oportunity to explorer all the exhibition great pieces of the history of New York City and was so excited because when you learn and can see the real piec...es is amazing so you use your imagination and can see to George Washington,Napoleon touching the pieces or the New Yorker going to the civil war when extract their manes from the war lotery, amazing experience See More
Nick Matranga
· February 11, 2018
Consistently ignores gay rights in its schedule of lectures. Prominent gay scholars rarely invited to participate! Constant problem: perfect example: the series sex and the constitution conveniently... ignores gay rights in its descriptive blurb in the latest bulletin! See More
James Cawley
· October 26, 2017
best place on earth for any lover of our history......................................................................................................................................................
Christa Rose
· June 19, 2017
I highly recommend a visit to the newly-renovated New-York Historical Society. Right now their exhibits include a retrospective of WWI, Tiffany lamps, the private life of Thomas Jefferson, and the bra...nd new women's history installation. A lot of interactive exhibits and a fabulous mixture of art and artifacts showcasing our amazing city! Also learned that it is New York's oldest museum. See More
Ed Phillips
· September 27, 2017
One of our favorite museums in New York City! Yesterday's visit was so much fun we decided to become members on the spot! Check out their exhibitions; you won't be disappointed.
Jürgen Vsych
· September 16, 2017
A fantastic place to research, filled with beautiful objects (especially the Tiffany lamps). Excellent coffeeshop, gift shop and theatre. A real jewel of New York City!
Kimberly Dana
· December 10, 2017
An amazing gem right off of Central Park. Quality primary documents, art and artifacts that are thoughtfully curated. Wonderful programs introducing history to kids, teenagers and adults alike. If you... haven’t been there you are truly missing out. See More
Mary Ulgen
· October 6, 2017
I went for another Professional Development there and I'm always excited to go because they are generous with their resources, information, educational strategies and their pizza! I had fun.
Tim Masters
· January 13, 2018
Excellent exhibits and friendly staff. Visited the Vietnam War exhibit today. Learned a great deal and it was captivating. Will go back ASAP and plan to become a member.
Patricia L. Schall
· July 12, 2017
Loved the WWI exhibit. It was a manageable size to see in a couple of hours. I also liked the Kennedy photo exhibit. I did not use other facilities like the cafe or store, so I can't comment. I was th...ere on a weekday so it wasn't crowded. See More
Debbi Milner
· April 14, 2017
On April 29th, the NY Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History will open. One of the new exhibits is the Tiffany Gallery, which honors Clara Wolcott Driscoll, the designer of many of the Tiffan...y lamps and windows. Two novels have been published about Clara, one based on years of factual research, titled, Noon at Tiffany’s: an Historical, Biographical Novel, by Echo Heron. The other is a romance novel. The NY Historical Society’s gift store has chosen to carry the fictionalized romance that diminishes Clara as a woman. What kind of message about this extraordinary woman in history has the NY Historical Society chosen to sell — and why? See More
Judith Kalaora
· January 2, 2018
Always fun to visit and ever-changing exhibits keep me coming back for more!
Kathleen Koran
· December 6, 2017
Exceptional. Significant exhibits, carefully curated, without overwhelming. Tiffany lamps, Children’s Museum, women’s Suffrage movement, films. Interactive. No crowds when we visited on Tuesday aftern...oon in December. See More
Ruth O Sullivan
· November 12, 2017
Fabulous museum. I didnt realize they had so much for kids. A hidden gem.
Julie O'Loughlin
· September 15, 2017
Adorable exhibit Eloise at the Museum made me wish for a little girl to accompany. Otherwise a smaller scale museum in a stunning mansion
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Sad to say goodbye to #HPCelebration—had an enchanting weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter! Now to get ready for “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” an exhibition from The British Library, opening at N-YHS on October 5. We’re kicking off the excitement with our exhibition trailer!

Don’t forget—New-York Historical Members can reserve tickets starting February 14. Public tickets go on sale in April. #HarryPotterNYHS

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"So often in history institutions, you see a linear way of thinking about and explaining the past," says New-York Historical's Valerie Paley. "By situating our suffrage exhibition in Greenwich Village in the 1910s, we’re able to tell the story of how a group of sexy, youthful women—thinkers, artists, writers, and activists—affected change far beyond the confines of their neighborhood, not just across New York State but ultimately the nation."

A new exhibition at the New York Historical Society, Hotbed, celebrates the upcoming centennial of women’s suffrage and explores the movements and activism it spawned.
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One of our favorite moments of 2017: When the legendary Billie Jean King unveiled her collection, donated to the Museum and now on display. See items from her archive on view in our Center for Women's History! #Bestof2017
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In 1963, courts often addressed white witnesses by their honorifics but used black witnesses’ first names. When Mary Hamilton refused to answer questions until addressed by her surname, she was jailed for contempt of court. A year later, the Supreme Court vacated her conviction.

As part of our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series, explore the story behind Alabama v. Hamilton and its broader significance within the struggle for racial equality, with Harvar...d's Randall Kennedy.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of forthcoming book "From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats of the Black Revolts, 1948–1968."

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$38 (Members $24)
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society

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As part of our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series, join us for a special evening with Patti Smith, musician and author of "Just Kids," which received the National Book Award, and M Train, a national bestseller.

In an intimate conversation, acclaimed musician, writer, visual artist, and pioneer of the New York City punk rock movement Patti Smith discusses the inspirations and influences that shaped her prolific career, with moderator Antonio Mondo, artist...ic director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.

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$38 (N-YHS Members $24)
Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society's Center for Women’s History

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On February 20, 1943, the Saturday Evening Post published Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," the first of his interpretations of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. This May, see it on view in our exhibition "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," from the Norman Rockwell Museum which explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings gave visual voice to FDR's call to defend freedom worldwide—and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 ¾" x 35 ½". Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 20, 1943. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN.

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President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office 226 years ago today. That seems like the perfect excuse to enjoy some vintage postcards from our collection, like this one from the 1930s.

See more postcards: http://blog.nyhistory.org/greetings-from-the-postcard-file/

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New-York Historical Society Members, you can now book your tickets to "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," an exhibition from The British Library, opening at New-York Historical on October 5. Public tickets go on sale in April. Book your tickets today!

Journey to where magic and myth began! Join us in October 2018 for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition.
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How has the electoral college evolved throughout American history?

by Jean Tanis The need for the Electoral College in our electoral process has long been debated, particularly after heated political contests as we saw in 2016. But despite wide discussion, this complicated system still remains murky to many Americans. What exactly is it? How was it developed? And w...
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How did Henry Luce, founder and president of Time Inc., reconcile his political beliefs during the 1960 election? How did he choose between supporting his party and supporting a man he admired, whose family he had close ties with?

The 1960 presidential election forced a quandary on Henry R. Luce: support the Democrat, whom he admired, or stick with his own Republican party's nominee?
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​On the surface, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were born worlds apart―culturally, geographically, racially, financially, and politically. But by the time they were killed within two months of each other in 1968, their worlds had come together. ​

Now on view, "Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr." showcases images taken by some of the most renowned photojournalists of the era​ ​illustrating the overlapping trajectory of their lives.

Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were born worlds apart―culturally, geographically, racially, financially, and politically. But by the time they were killed within two months of each other in 1968, their worlds had come together. Images taken by some of the most
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How have the lives and experiences of black women intersected with each other throughout American history? The stories of African American women who have shaped the United States come to life in our Center for Women's History digital exhibition, Women's Voices.

The Women's Voices exhibit at New-York Historical Society lets visitors explore the lives of black women through the connections between them in many eras.
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A recent op-ed piece in The New York Times, from historian David Blight who joined us this week for our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass.

It cherry-picks his words to advance its narrow visions of libertarianism.
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Celebrate Black History Month with our friends at The Paley Center for Media with special screenings highlighting significant African American moments in TV history, plus interactive exhibits and family activities!

Learn more at paley.me/blackhistory

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This Presidents' Day Weekend, meet President George Washington and First Lady Martha Washington at the Museum!

Living Historian Michael Grillo talks about his experiences recreating the past and teaching kids and adults alike about the life of George Washington!
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Think you know American history? Inspired by our Citizenship Project, we're challenging you with questions from the U.S. naturalization exam! How do you score?

Now through Monday, save 10% on your full order with code "PRES18" during our Presidents' Day Weekend Sale at the #NYHistoryStore.

Teachers! There's still time to bring your students on a field trip to see "The Vietnam War: 1945-1975" before it closes on April 22, but spring slots are filling up quickly—book soon!

Explore our groundbreaking exhibition on the Vietnam War, encountering topics such as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns, and the antiwar movement.
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