New York Museums: The New-York Historical Society Reinvents Itself

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is the oldest museum in all of New York City, beating out its across-the-park neighbor, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by some 70 years; its vast holdings of artworks–more than 1.6 million pieces!–historical objects, and all manner of printed material, much of it quite rare, making it a treasure trove for students and researchers for, well… centuries! BUT, as any casual history buff will tell you, the New-York Historical Society's dark, massive, stone building on Central Park West, also made it one of the city's most forbidding museums. Well, not any more. 

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