New-York Historical Society

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City's oldest museum funnels American experience through lens of New York City & state with paintings, library & modern photography

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History, like a supernova, is often observed at a safe distance and recognized about a hundred years after it happens. Learn more about cultural events with today’s Groupon to the New-York Historical Society. Choose from the following options:

  • For $36, you get an Individual membership (a $75 value).
  • For $72, you get a Family membership (a $150 value).
  • For $84, you get a Young Friend membership (a $175 value).<p>

Presiding over the oldest museum in the city, the New-York Historical Society cultivates a massive collection of artifacts and living history exhibits. Members amble through the museum and library into a world where Alexander Hamilton rubs shoulders with exhibits on the Hudson River School, civil rights, and the lineage of Santa Claus. The New-York Historical Society interprets the nation’s history through city and state events and encourages continued analysis of the past through public lectures and programming. The Patricia D. Klingenstein library houses more than 3 million archival documents, and current exhibitions explore themes of revolution, American traditions, and memory. Paintings by Rembrandt and Peale share wall space with surveys of American folk art and representational sculpture, and guests attempt to catch and tag all 435 of John James Audubon’s watercolors for Birds of America.

Each membership package grants unlimited free admission, as well as discounts and invitations to the New-York Historical Society events and activities. Family packages include invitations to family-friendly events such as Thanksgiving Eve and Grandparent’s Day festivities, as well as an opportunity to host a birthday party in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Designed for savvy young professionals ages 21–45, a Young Friends membership includes access to historic happy hours, historical walking tours, and networking sessions with the portraits of the founding fathers.

New-York Historical Society

A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the New-York Historical Society with its four centuries of history and art – and the only Children’s History Museum in the area. It hits the spot for anyone craving an offbeat (and often surprising) bite of the city’s culture easily digested in an hour or two.

  • Great Start: New York Story, a panoramic film experience, captures 400 years of the city's history in just 18 minutes
  • History, Visually Speaking: Image-heavy special exhibits include The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld and Art as Activism: Graphic Art from the Merrill C. Berman Collection
  • Permanent Mainstay: New York Rising, featuring relics from the Revolutionary War, such as George Washington’s inauguration chair, and the pistols used in the Hamilton-Burr duel
  • Eye Catchers: Picasso’s stage curtain for Le Tricorne ballet and the ceiling mural from Keith Haring's Pop Shop
  • Future History-Makers: DiMenna Children's History Museum, with games and interactive exhibits
  • Pro Tip: Catch top historians and public figures many weeknights as part of the museum's lecture series. Separate tickets are required, but past recordings are available for free online.
  • Make it a Date: Caffè Storico on the museum's first floor offers lunch, dinner and cocktails

Customer Reviews

And the Cappucino there is what I love he most. So silky foamy rich
Shelley · 3 days ago
The museum is a well kept gem in NYC. the cafe and gift shop were enjoyable, but the Tiffany exhibit was unbelievable. The photos of John F. Kennedy were so moving! It was a great visit!
Carolann L. · 3 days ago
Love the permanent collection. We went with our grandchildren and visited the Eloise exhibit that was lovely and the children's museum, so interesting and interactive our grandkids loved it. We had à wonderful day
Gusta M. · August 7, 2017

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