NY Historical Society

Step into a world of discovery as you explore the fascinating exhibits and collections that tell the story of New York's past. From iconic events to everyday life, the NY Historical Society Museum offers a glimpse into the diverse and dynamic history of the city.

Founded over 200 years ago, this is New York’s oldest museum. Dedicated to the understanding of history and America’s role in it, it uses documents, artifacts and photographs to illuminate the city’s rise.

Among the 1.6 million artworks in its permanent collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture, are world class pieces including all 435 of Audubon’s surviving watercolors for Birds of America.

The highlight of the recently refurbished 4th floor, with its interactive displays celebrating women, is an unmatched display of Tiffany Lamps. The permanent displays are complemented by a program of regular special exhibitions.

Plan your visit to the NY Historical Society Museum with New York Sightseeing and embark on a captivating exploration of New York's vibrant heritage. Book your tickets today and uncover the secrets of the city's past.

Important Information
What exhibits will I see at the NY Historical Society?

The museum offers 1.6 million artworks in its permanent collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Where is the NY Historical Society located?

170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York, NY 10024


NY Historical Society

About New-York Historical Society
Experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. Ever-rising to the challenge of bringing little or unknown histories to light, New York Historical will soon inaugurate a new annex housing its Academy for American Democracy as well as the American LGBTQ+ Museum. These latest efforts to help forge the future by documenting the past join New York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Center for Women’s History. Digital exhibitions, apps, and our For the Ages podcast make it possible for visitors everywhere to dive more deeply into history.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw. January 27 - May 28, 2023
  • Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). February 24 - June 11, 2023
  • Nature, Crisis, Consequence. March 31 - July 16, 2023
  • Under Cover: J. C. Leyendecker and American Masculinity. May 5 - August 13, 2023
  • Women’s Work. July 21, 2023 - August 18, 2024
  • The Collection: New Conversations. August 2023 - ongoing
  • Opulent Imagination: The Objets d’Art of André Chervin and Carvin French Jewelers. September 8, 2023 ̶ January 28, 2024
  • Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West. September 22, 2023 ̶ February 25, 2024
  • 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York, NY 10024

  • Tuesdays – Thursday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Closed Monday
  • Present your e-ticket at the Ticket Desk to receive entrance to the museum.

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