Monday, March 12, 2012

The New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society is the oldest museum in NYC and is home to a large collection of exhibits about the City, the State and the rest of the US.  The museum is located in an impressive building on the Upper West Side.  It contains four floors of exhibits, so we started at the top and worked our way down.

'Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn' looks at the American, French and Haitian revolutions and the fight for human rights across the world.  It was really interesting and well presented.  I enjoyed looking at the photographs from 'Harlem: The People' and the paintings in the 'Portraits of the City' exhibit.  

Also on display is a collection of photographs from 9/11 which were taken by the public.  The images are extremely moving and depict the awful events through the eyes of the people who were actually there. 

Some of the exhibits are interactive and enable you to use giant touch screens to find out more information about the items on display.  These were especially popular with the children visiting the museum.  

We finished our visit by watching the film 'New York Story', which is an 18-minute film presenting the history of the city.  It was worth seeing and was a good way to end the trip.

I had a great morning at The New York Historical Society and would recommend you to visit.  Entry is $15 per person, but they are running a promotion until the end of March where tickets are 2 for 1 if you present a metro card.

For more information on exhibits and opening times visit

The New York Historical Society

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