New-York Historical Society, New York City — Events

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

Address: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 am to 6 pm (8 pm Friday); Sunday 11 am to 5 pm ; closed Monday Phone: 212-873-3400 Online:


  • Docent Led Gallery Tour of The First Jewish Americans

    December 1, 2016 – December 1, 2016

    Where: New-York Historical Society11-rebecca-gratz_smaller_ts

    170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

    When: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    Details: How did Jewish settlers come to inhabit—and change—the New World? Dive deep into the story of the first Jewish Americans on a special docent-led tour of our exhibition, The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World. Exploring the exhibition’s portraits, documents, manuscripts, ritual objects, and much more, this tour illuminates the stories behind centuries-old objects, some exceptionally rare and on display to the public for the first time.

    Cost: $25 (Members $5)

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  • Docent Led Gallery Tour of Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

    December 6, 2016 – December 6, 2016

    Where: New-York Historical Societyexhibitionpage_he2016-17_slide_c-1_ts_0

    170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

    When: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    Celebrate the holidays in a wondrous winter wonderland! Join us on a docent-led tour to discover our spectacular exhibition of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements, and toys, owned by New-York Historical. The dynamic display appeals to all ages, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era.

    Cost: $25 (Members $5)

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  • The Battle of Brooklyn Gallery Tour

    December 5, 2016 – December 5, 2016

    Featuring: Jean Ashtonashton-jeanc

    Where: New-York Historical Society

    170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

    When: Monday, December 5th, 2016 | 11:00 am

    On August 27, 1776, on the marshy fields of Gowanus and Red Hook, George Washington and his rag-tag troop of untrained soldiers were ingloriously defeated by the Royal Army. Explore the infamous battle that both threatened and abetted the outcome of the war for American independence.

    Jean Ashton is New-York Historical’s senior director, resources and programs, and library director emerita. She is a co-curator of The Battle of Brooklyn.

    Cost: $38 (Members $24)

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  • Docent Led Gallery Tour of Alexander Hamilton: The Untold Story

    December 3, 2016 – December 3, 2016

    Where: New-York Historical Societyhamilton-portrait-1_4

    170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

    When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 3:00 pm

    Everyone is fascinated by Alexander Hamilton, but who was he really? On a docent-led tour of the Museum, visitors can discern fact from myth surrounding the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton Tours will acquaint visitors with an in-depth portrayal of a statesman and visionary through an exploration of objects from the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection and documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.

    Cost: $25 ($5 for members)

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  • Meet the Author: Weekly Book Events

    The New-York Historical Society regularly plays host to the most eminent historians, writers and thinkers in the nation.

    The heart of the New-York Historical Society public programs is the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, New-York Historical has been able to produce a wide array of extraordinary lectures, conversations, and a new classic film series featuring notable writers, thinkers, and history makers. Our programs focus on history, politics, and current affairs, in addition to a variety of other topics.

    Click on the program titles below for more information about each event. For more information about public programs and ticketing, please call (212) 485-9268.

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  • Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday • 10am-6pm

    Where: New York Historical Society

    170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024 • Phone (212) 873-3400 •

    Museum & Museum Store Hours

    • Monday CLOSED
    • Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
    • Friday 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
    • Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

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  • Little New-Yorkers • Tuesday + Friday, 3:30

    Little-NY-110112-WrWhere: New York Historical Society

    170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024

    Phone (212) 873-3400 •

    When: Tuesday and Friday, 3:30 p.m. Each class will include time with historic toys, a special Little New Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project.

    Fees: Free with museum admission.