New-York Historical Society

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

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Wed–Thu 11 am –5 pm
Fri 11 am–8 pm (pay-what-you-wish 6-8 pm)
Sat–Sun 11 am–5 pm

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

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

🚂 In the interactive Children’s History Museum on the bottom floor, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits, 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.

🚂 See historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models and go inside detailed train tracks in Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection.

🥯Examine how Jewish immigrants  imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant in an interactive, immersive exhibit –  and pose with cut-outs of favorite foods – in interactive, immersive “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli.

🇺🇸 Sit behind the presidential desk in a detailed re-creation of the White House Oval Office Meet the Presidents. Hear audio recordings of presidential musing.  Trace the evolution of the presidency through artwork and objects like the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration.

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

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

🍽 Feast on Italian-inspired inventive, ingredient-driven dishes – plus mac & cheese and grilled cheese  at museum restaurant Storico or grab pastries, sandwiches and gourmet  from to-go cafe Parliament. Pick up burgers & shakes at Shake Shack down the block.

🌳 Across the street from Central Park, with lovely Diana Ross Playground a few blocks north and destination Heckscher Playground a short walk southeast.

🛍 Shop for history-themed books, toys, trains, puzzles and more at the cute gift shop.

🎟 Through Feb 12, get 2-for-1 tickets with promo code MSW23 as part of NYC Must-See Week.

🎟  Family memberships start at $160 and include the Thanksgiving Eve Macy’s Balloon Inflation viewing party, the best way to see this iconic, usually crowded experience.

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Solve puzzles, perform experiments, play state-of-the-art computer simulations and find out how corn is like a dog in this interactive, family-friendly space. Explore scientific principles behind Native innovations and technologies that are so ingenious, many remain a part of our daily lives.

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple Doughnut, filled with a Red Delicious flavored cream and dipped in a sweet, shiny red shimmer mirror glaze.

Levain Bakery

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option).

Other options include sour cream coffee cake, brioches, whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier).

Outposts also in Harlem, the UES, NoHo and Williamsburg.

Daily 7 am – 9 pm

Eataly NYC Downtown

The 40,000 square feet  outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes.

Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality imported Italian and local seasonal products spread over the f , including  salt, extra virgin olive oil, dried pasta, fresh truffles, aged balsamic vinegar and a mix-and-math Venchi chocolate bar.

Watch fresh pasta shapes, gooey mozzarella cheese and other products being made.

Look for more than 500 signs that tell the story of different products, from ancient tradition to modern place in Italian cuisine, plus a cool pasta shape map of Italy. Shop for kid-friendly kitchenware and books.

Conservatory Gardens

Enter the magnificent 1894 Vanderbilt Gate to Central Park’s only formal garden, a six-acre oasis within an oasis with European charm.

Climb onto the wisteria pergola in the Italianate Center Garden overlooking a yew hedges-bordered large lawn and 12-foot jet fountain. To the north, the French-style garden offers spectacular seasonal displays of tulips and Korean chrysanthemums and a fountain featuring the Three Dancing Maidens sculpture.

In intimate English-style South Garden, Mary and Dickon from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s book The Secret Garden stand at the end of a small waterlily pool, bordered by trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual flower beds.

Friendly gardeners are often planting and happy to chat with young nature lovers.

Angelina Paris NYC

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea, sweet treats and savory brasserie classics: Niçoise salad, Croque-Monsieur, onion soup, or the Angelina Croissant filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, or smoked salmon. Light and modern seasonal dishes, from seasonal vegetable soup to a vegan quinoa salad, include gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the hot chocolate, served in a dramatic presentation, is worth the indulgence.

Keep the Parisian vibes going at Bryant Park across the street.

Monday-Friday 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Kitchen closes thirty minutes before close

Alice’s Tea Cup

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups.

Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).

Also in the East 60s.


Wednesday–Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Serendipity 3

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last 67-years.

Minimum food or drink purchase of $16.95 per person so bring an appetite – portions are huge.

Daily 11 am – 11 pm

Max Brenner

Select from nine hot chocolates – Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more – at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to fo, gift or to eat on site.

Salads, paninis, pizza, cocoa spiced waffle fries etc. available on the extensive menu, but the real draw is the over-the-top desserts from marshmallow chocolate pizza to three types of chocolate fondue to a melting s’mores sundae to a syringe full of chocolate goodness. Lots of cocktails, including a chocolate peppermint martini, available for grown-ups.

Advance reservations recommended.

Monday-Friday 12pm – 11pm
Thursday-Saturday 11 am – midnight
Sunday 10am – 11pm

Pick up chocolates & hot cocoa to go at the new Times Square outpost (720 7th Ave at West 48th St).

Dumpling Galaxy

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

Gilded Lady Mural

The myriad of details in this colorful 97 by 40-foot mural by famed street artist Tristan Eaton on the side of a residential building on Fifth Avenue in reference the rich history of the NoMad neighborhood from the Gilded Age onward. The woman’s face is based on early 20th-century model, chorus girl and catalyst for the “Trial of the Century” Evelyn Nesbit, with references to the Tenderloin District, the Gibson Girl, a notorious police inspector and more thorughout.

Jim Henson’s World

Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.

Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Swedish Chef, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes.

See film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage and try interactive experiences like designing a puppet character.

Join 45-minute guided tours Saturdays at 1 pm ($5).