The New York Historical Society is one of the first museums in the United States in America and one of the most important ones in the Western world. Actually, it is so much more than a museum, it’s a library, a cultural institution that helps us understand more about our past and our future. The New York Historical society is a place every American needs to visit, at least once in their life. In today’s article, we are going to tell you about 7 things we love about the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, so read on and enjoy.
7. DiMena Children’s History Museum
The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society is the perfect museum for children. They get to explore history, play games, see interactive exhibits and experience character-based pavilions. All the installations are targeted for children with ages between 8 and 13, but there are also programs for toddlers. It’s never too early to get children interested in history and art. Photos are allowed.
6. New York Historical Society Library
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the best libraries in the world. It has some amazing archives, manuscript, graphic and digital collections that would satisfy even the pickiest reader/researcher. You should know that the reading room occasionally closes to house special events, as it is seen in the above picture. Make sure you call ahead at (212) 485-9225 or check online if the reading room is available. Be up to speed with everything connected with the New York Historic Society Library through their blog.
5. Western New York Railway Historical Society
Part of the New York Historical Society, the Western New York Railway Historical Society or WNYRHS is working towards preserving the rich railroad history and heritage of Western New York. If trains are your thing, then you will definitely enjoy their meetings. Heads up! They’re having their next public meeting on November 18th at the Heritage DiscoverRY Center 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY.
4. The Opening Hours
Yes, we love the New York Historical Society hours. The Museum galleries and the store are opened every day from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Friday, they open at 10am and close at 8pm, on Sunday, they open at 11am and close at 8pm and they are closed on Monday. The New York Historical Society’s address is as central as you get in the city of New York: 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024.
3. Cafe Storico
We just love the New York Historical Society’s Italian restaurant and cafe, Storico. The food is amazing, and features an amazing array of artisanal pastas, Panini, antipasti, and filling entrees for lunch. We strongly recommend the Roasted Dayboat Cod and the 28 Day Dry Aged NY Strip Steak served with salsa Verde. You’ve got 20 fine wines to choose from, but the glass, which complements the cuisine perfectly. For reservations, feel free to call (212) 873-3400.
2. Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock
The trilogy Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock is an outstanding series that explores the evolution of Audubon’s watercolors. His work is considered a national treasure, which, for the first time ever, has been gathered in one place. Audubon’s Aviary: Part I of the Complete Flock opened in March of this year and it is already a massive hit. These amazing three exhibits will feature over 220 of avian watercolors, including the first 175 models in The Birds of America.
1. New York Historical Society Internships
The New York Historical Society offers internships for college/ graduate and high school students. The internship consists of research, interactions with experts in the field and museum staff and hands-on work. If you’re in college and you would like to internship at the New York City Historical Society, then you can do so, because the museum is offering part-time spring internships in their library and museum divisions.
The admission application deadline is approaching fast, November 21st 2014, so hurry up. The basic requirements for enrollment include being a student enrolled in college or graduate school and submitting a cover letter, a resume, a 5-10-page writing sample of a research paper and two letters of recommendation (one needs to be from a professor).
The New York Historical Society have jobs ready for a few of their interns, but don’t get too excited, as you need to be really great to enter the system.
Have you been to the New York Historical Society Museum or the New York Historical Society Library? Share your thoughts with us.