New York City's history is so rich that the Museum of New York's newest exhibition, chronicling the city's development, took five years to create.

From a Dutch village to the modern "Capital of the World" (we New Yorkers are known for our modesty), the exhibit traces NYC's progress through over 400 objects that are complemented by interactives that invite visitors to engage with the rich stories being presented.

New York at Its Core will be opening on November 18th and will be followed by a free opening weekend celebration on Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibition occupies the entire first floor in three interactive galleries; Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab. It is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity; which provides a lens for examining the city's character.

Gotham Groove, the celebration, will feature 32 hours of fun and surprises, including musical and spoken word performances, films, dance, and family friendly activities.

General admission is again, completely free but you must register on their website

There are also a bunch of ticketed special performances and events that include a storytelling slam with The Moth, a silent disco dance party featuring '70s, '80s, and '90s dance hits, morning yoga classes, and an NYC trivia hour.

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Gotham Groove runs from Saturday, November 19th at 10 a.m. until 12 a.m. on Sunday, November 20th. If you're interested in the full schedule and seeing which events are free, check out MCNY's website.

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The Museum of New York is at 1120 Fifth Avenue in East Harlem.

[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]