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Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Ranked #422 of 1,099 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: 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 China.Photo from The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500:Female Figurine, Cucuteni, 4050-3900 BCPhoto: Marius Amarie
New Haven, Connecticut
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Don't walk past - check it out”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The Institute puts on exquisite little exhibitions on little-known but fascinating aspects of the Ancient World. If you happen to be walking to or from the Metropolitan Museum, you might find yourself walking by the Institute. If there is an exhibition in progress, do go in. It will surprise you, for sure! You will learn something too, for sure! And you will probably be moved by the connection between our own ideas of beauty and those of our ancestors in the Ancient World.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“amazing museum, great addition if you're near the Met!”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I found this amazing museum because of a lightpost banner and have been to several exhibits. Each time I was presented with artifacts and little known (to me) places and periods in time. I think it is a jewel of a museum and it is a great addition if you're going to the nearby Met Museum, as it's just steps away. I have been consistently impressed by the presentation of artifacts, which is on the level of a major institution. They only have two galleries, so I usually can get through it in an hour. Oh, and it's FREE!!!

Visited June 2013
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

This small museum presents rarely-seen objects from ancient times. Has 2 or 3 different shows each year, and offers tours on Friday evenings. Well worth a visit.
Current show is from Kazakhstan --while some artifacts are small, they are unique pieces.

Visited March 2012
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