Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The New York Historical Society Museum

We were not financially compensated for this post. We were given free tickets to the museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.

What: The New York Historical Society

Where: 170 Central Park West
            New York, New York

Who: All ages
Our view: The New York Historical Society Museum is like two museums in one. The main part of the museum consists of a permanent collection and changing exhibits. The permanent collection is known as the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture and is currently closed for renovation. It is expected to reopen some time around December, 2016. The temporary exhibits currently appearing are an Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion, A Brief History of New York through 101 Objects and and an art exhibit. Of these, the most interesting to children is the New York exhibit. I mean where else can you see  objects, such as, a bagel, a black and white cookie, a subway token and a graffiti covered door displayed in a museum? This exhibit will only be appearing until November 30, 2014 so if you want to see it you need to go within the next month or so. The other part of the museum is the DiMenna Children's History Museum. That part of the museum is extremely interactive and lots of fun for children of all ages and maybe even some adults too. Exhibits here include the following: A baseball exhibit where children can feel the difference in bats, balls, bases etc. used in the modern baseball era and those used in an earlier era. A history quiz where children can choose a topic and answer multiple choice questions about it and even possibly win a prize. A voting booth where children can pretend to vote and learn about what groups were once excluded from voting. There is also a large library of books as part of the museum with bench seating all around where children can sit and read or just leaf through a book if they would like. For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/.

And that's our view. Tune in to tomorrow Talking Topics for more about the New York Historical Society Museum.

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