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New York City Museum - 1 Reviews - 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY - Museums & Galleries Reviews - Phone (212) 534-1672

New York City Museum

1220 5th Ave (at At 103rd St)
New York, NY 10029
(212) 534-1672
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Editorial review from Citysearch 6/21/2012

We visited the Museum of the City of New York while it was undergoing a big renovation, so this perhaps colored our overall view. We arrived via the side entrance and weren't sure where to go. We were then waved over to pay and let again to our own devices, having no idea of where to start. So, we meandered over to the elevator and took it to the 2nd floor. Once there, we managed to be among the first folks to see the new Apollo Theater exhibit (a docent asked us how it was once we exited and explained to us that the exhibit had literally opened 10 minutes earlier), which was fantastic. From there, we took the grand staircase up to the 3rd floor and again meandered about; nothing really stuck out as impressive or interesting, but since we see a whole lot of museums maybe I am just jaded. We spent about 45 minutes all told inside the museum and that was actively trying to find interesting things to see. more
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  • Housed inside this graceful Georgian building is a collection as diverse as the city it seeks to represent. Memorabilia is divided into six areas: prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings/sculptures and toys. It's hard to imagine another place where a visitor can examine a horse-drawn fire engine, a House of Worth ball gown, Jacob Riis photographs and Yiddish sheet music in one visit. The impressive collection of dollhouses and model ships is a perennial favorite with children, as are the period rooms and outstanding silver collection with grown-ups. Frequent exhibitions make good use of the collections, often presenting what would otherwise be inert memorabilia in unexpected ways. Permanent exhibitions include "Broadway," which celebrates the Great White Way through costumes, set designs, posters, paintings, programs, etc., and "New York Toy Stories," which features more than 300 toys, dolls and teddy bears, dating from 1785 to the present.

  • 10/27/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    East Harlem, East Harlem (El Barrio), Uptown