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New York Historical Society

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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The New York Historical Society, which is located just next to the behemoth Natural History Museum, is a slightly lesser-known, but ever-s0-impressive museum here in New York.

Touting the claim of being home to New York City’s oldest museum, as well as an impressive research library, you know the museum will have an amazing collection.  While I was there, I saw the temporary exhibitions on Lincoln (and we all know how popular and chic Lincoln is these days), and the Eighteenth Century Portraits.

The top floor of the Society is the “Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture“, which really is simply an awesome collection of  – well, for lack of better words – American things.  They have a great set of Tiffany lamps, truly beautiful furniture (that makes me so so ashamed of my rather extensive IKEA collection), sets of canes, campaign buttons, board games, tableware, guns, statues, coins, and so much more.  All of this is housed in a really innovative way – a sort of visible storage.  More than 40,000 objects are up there, and they are all placed on shelves behind glass walls.  You feel like you’re walking through the hallways of a secret storage room.

So, if you’re up on the UWS (Upper West Side), go check it out.

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