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Dispersed throuhout the Smith Gallery, nine manhole-like exhibition cases installed in the floor showcase relics such as arrowheads from the Revolutionary War, a click from the World Trade Center debris, and this medicine bottle from the turn of the 20th century. Photo courtesy Andy Kropa, New-York Historical Society
At "You Are An American Dreamer, Too," visitors can claim their own spot in history alongside other important New Yorkers as their own image is captured for future museum visitors. And get introduced to the "Orphan Train Children," those transported by the Children's Aid Society via train to new homes across the country in the late 19th century.
The museum is filled with touchable objects and interactive games, from analyzing an urban archaeological dig to decoding handwritten documents and examining artifacts.
On select "Living History Days," actors portraying Revolutionary heroes appear. This child re-enactor was part of the museum's grand reopening along with actors portraying the first New York Regiment. Photo courtesy New-York Historical Society
Also within the museum is the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library, which hosts engaging story hours and lets visitors wander among children's history books, rare books, manuscripts, and maps from the collection.
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), Lower Level, Manhattan
The children's entrance is inviting for young "detectives." Photo courtesy New-York Historical Society
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10am-6pm; Friday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Price: $15; $12 seniors and educators; $10 students; $5 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 5; pay-as-you-wish 6-8pm on Fridays (includes admission to the full New-York Historical Society Museum & Library)