Summer of Magic: Visit a Victorian Magic Lantern Show

Saturday, August 25
11:00 am–4:00 pm

New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link

Examine antique projection equipment and painted glass slides, and see how Victorian magic lanternists conjured images of spirits, distant lands, and illustrations to entertain New Yorkers in the 19th century, demonstrated by artist and filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz. Also check out the Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection, the awesome, interactive Children’s Museum in the basement and the design-your-own Tiffany lamp on the fourth floor.

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Eats & Treats: Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, the museum's classy but kid-friendly eatery or grab pastries and sandwichs at counter service Parliament Espresso and Coffee. Head down 77th Street for burgers and frozen custard at Shake Shack.

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