New York Museum of History
In addition to its many renowned art and natural history museums, New York also offers a variety of museums devoted to American history. Visitors to these museums can see special exhibitions about the history of American currency and banking, the founding of the country, American art and New York City itself. These museums typically charge a small admission fee for all visitors except young children.
The Museum of American Finance
The Museum of American Finance, founded in 1988, serves to educate the public about the history of American finance, currency and banking. Recent exhibitions have included the history of currency and money in America, a history of women on Wall Street as well as exhibitions about the recent credit crisis. The museum offers hour-long classroom programs for elementary, middle and high school students. All visitors to the museum must pay a small admission fee, except for children under the age of 6.
Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
The Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York, founded in 1923, remains devoted to exhibitions and programs that represent the history and heritage of New York City. Recent exhibitions have focused on Robert Moses and urban planning in Manhattan, the history of Catholic New Yorkers, New York City parks and the history of trade at New York City ports. The museum’s collections include photographs, prints, drawings, toys, fashion and theater posters. The museum also organizes frequent lectures and panel discussions on topics relevant to New York City’s history and future. All visitors must pay a small admissions fee, except for children under the age of 12.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029
The New York Historical Society
The New York Historical Society presents exhibitions and public programs about the history of America’s founding, American art and New York City. The society’s collections include a wide variety of historical manuscripts, maps, books and artifacts. Recent exhibitions have focused on Abraham Lincoln, the Hudson River School, 18-century American portraits and the New Deal. The society also hosts a variety of public programs, including the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. All visitors, except for children under the age of 12, must pay a small admissions fee. The society hosts a free admissions period on Friday nights.
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