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New-York Historical Society


August 3 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating until September 30, 2022

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until September 30, 2022

New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies video game and much more.

* Look for kid-friendly objects throughout the galleries – a Noah’s Ark toy and historical fire fighting equipment, dragonflies in gorgeous Tiffany Lamps, and more discoveries. In-gallery interactives include the incredible design-your-own Tiffany lamp in the gorgeous fourth floor galleries.

* Explore a detailed re-creation of the White House Oval Office and hear audio recordings of presidential musing.  In the Meet the Presidents gallery, trace the evolution of the presidency through artwork and objects like the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling JFK’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

* Title IX: Activism On and Off the Field immerses visitors in the spaces shaped by the groundbreaking 1972 legislation and reveals the crucial work of activists with personal items, photographs, Barbie dolls, Wheaties boxes and more artifacts.

* See vibrant posters, engaging comic books, newspaper advertisements, radio spots, and television cartoons from American Jewish Committee (AJC)’s  unprecedented media campaign to combat the increase in antisemitism gripping the United States in Confronting Hate 1937–1952.

* Pose with bronze Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass statues outside the West 77th Street and Central Park West entrances.

* Immersive multi-media films New York Story and We Rise screen alternating on the hour from 12 to 3 pm.

* Restrooms available on on each floor, with baby-changing facilities on the lower level, first floor, and fourth floor. All galleries are stroller friendly. Collapsed strollers may be left at coat check.

🍽 Sandwiches, pastries and more available at the counter-service Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar or dine at the delicious Caffe Storico. Shake Shack is down the block, which has indoor seating or take-out for picnics on benches around the American Museum of Natural History.

🌳 Across the street from Central Park, and a short walk to the lovely Diana Ross playground and destination Hecksher Playground.

🛍 Shop for history & NYC themed educational toys, books & more at the wonderful gift shop.

Wednesday–Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday–Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Pay-as-you-wish admission Fridays 6-8 pm.

The DiscOasis

Central Park’s Wollman Rink transforms into a glittering roller-disco paradise with art installations, photo ops, and soundscapes curated by Groovemaster Nile Rodgers. Skate and dance on a beautiful rainbow rink among pretty trees (though unshaded; bring water & sunscreen).

From 10:00am-4:30pm, book one-hour or three-hour open skating sessions. From 5:30-10:00pm, enjoy dazzling lights, live DJs,…

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Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

See screenings of documentary films on a big screen in Central Park. Presented by by National Geographic.

Tuesday, August 16: The Territory (premiere screening)

Wednesday, August 17: America’s National Parks

Thursday, August 18: Fire of Love

Friday. August 19: JANE

Gates open at 6:30 pm. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 pm until film…

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Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It

Public Works’ joyful musical production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a treat for all ages. Catchy songs by Shaina Taub interspersed with abridged , well-acted excerpts from Shakespeare’s play tell the story of (modern-dress) aristocrats banished to the Forest of Arden, where they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love. A diverse…

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Catch-and-Release Fishing

Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer. Try to hook largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.

Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.

See our guide to Central Park.

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Ancient Playground

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for…

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Billy Johnson Playground

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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