Monday, January 2, 2012

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

Beekman Family Coach, ca. 1770
Tiffany lamps
"Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1906" painting by Colin Cooper
"From Here To There" by Antonio Martorell, an art installation about Puerto Rican immigration.  It includes a theater for projection of a documentary where the seats are dressed as immigrants so visitors can sit on their laps, literally placing themselves in their position.
Paintings of Grand Central Terminal by Howard Thain (American, 1891-1959)

After a $70 million renovation, the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library reopened last November. Founded in 1804, the New York Historical Society explores the political, cultural and social history of New York City  and State. It has a great collection of historical artifacts, works of American art and other historical materials as shown in the images I made on the fourth floor of the museum. The renovation added a children’s museum and new artifacts such as the ceiling from Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, as well as the 9/11 artifacts and photographs. The museum is located at 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Streets on the Upper West Side next to the American Museum of Natural History. 

Throughout January, the New-York Historical Society offers a $5 coupon off its regular $15 adult admission as part of its culture spot of the month designation by the city’s tourism bureau. The coupon can be printed online or picked up official NYC information centers and kiosks in Midtown, Times Square, Harlem and Chinatown. The museum regularly offers pay-as-you-wish hours every Friday night from 6 to 8 P.M.

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