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Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

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Just off Museum Mile

We visited the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World last month to see a very interesting... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
New York City, New York
Small but amazing museum. On the upper east side

Lovely museum. With very interesting programs that are well curated. Open all days except Sunday... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
Allan S
New York City, New York
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Just steps away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ISAW is a center for scholarly research and graduate education that offers free exhibitions and public programming about its investigations of the ancient world from the western Mediterranean to...more
15 E 84th St, New York City, NY 10028-0458
Upper East Side
+1 212-992-7800
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

I had a nice visit today at the Institute for an exhibit, "Islamic Transformations of The Classical Past." The Gallery consists of a couple of rooms on the lobby level of the Institute's offices. Beautiful, illustrated manuscripts were displayed in cases with excellent explanations of...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2017

We visited the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World last month to see a very interesting exhibit on sundials from Greek and Roman times. The museum is quite small -- just two exhibit rooms -- but everything is very well displayed with excellent...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely museum. With very interesting programs that are well curated. Open all days except Sunday and it us free. Located in a beautiful brownstone on east 84 th street offering small but spectacular programs if artifacts from the Middle East. I always enjoy coming here...More

Thank Allan S
Maggie P, Associate at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thank you for visiting and we're so glad you enjoyed the exhibition "Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity." We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but open Wed-Sunday 11-6pm, Fridays until 8pm.

Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Always free. Closed Sundays. Restrooms. Gaze up the beautiful staircase. Well-curated small exhibits. Close to the Met.

Thank nycmom22
Reviewed 12 December 2016

On Friday evening we and another couple went on the .75 hour free guided tour of the current temporary exhibit here, which is about time and its measurement in the ancient Western world. Examples of sundials, both fixed and mobile were in abundance in all...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting place to visit if you're into the ancient world. It's also free. When I visited, the current exhibit is about Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity. They have 2 rooms with several artifacts related with ancient sundials and calendar system from...More

Thank Aquaman9000XL
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Some of the best shows and exhibits I have seen have been in smaller museums. This small location has only 2 rooms. Their current exhibit of ancient time keeping was very educational and made interesting with the help of computer graphics showing how each type...More

Thank Stefan L
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I love tiny museums. This was so precious, with a special exhibit for just a few more days on early textiles. There were so many objects crammed into these two small galleries, but what detail, what love, what care, and superb signage. No photos, which...More

Thank kcdenman
Reviewed 15 May 2016

The current exhibit describes the power of textiles to define various cultures. As John Noble Wilford writes: Rare samplings of the motifs and materials of textiles in the Mediterranean world from the third through the seventh century A.D. reflect the wealth and social standing of...More

Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We returned for the third time last evening in time for the regular 6 PM one-hour tour, with 8 others, through the current exhibit by a qualified professor from NYU. Although her specialty is sarcophagi of the ancient world, she knew a heck of a...More

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