Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Children under seven (accompanied by an adult) and members receive free admission.


New York is little remembered for its role in the American Revolution, but it was an intellectual, political and physical battleground which recovered from almost complete destruction to become the nation’s first political capital and later its financial, cultural, manufacturing and business center. Through original objects, art and manuscripts from the New-York Historical Society’s collections presented in a multimedia format, the centerpiece of the gallery will focus on New York’s seminal role in the founding era of the Untied States.

Other highlights include Here is New York, a display of hundreds of photographs taken in New York City on September 11, 2001, and the days that followed; six interactive kiosks that allow visitors to digitally explore iconic features from the New-York Historical Society’s collections and History Manholes—exhibition cases featuring urban archeological relics found underground in New York.

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A trip to New York isn’t complete without a visit to the New-York Historical Society—a place where  four centuries of American history come to life. See our exhibitions, interactive displays, orientation experience film, Civil Rights Gallery, urban archaeology cases, rare and monumental treasures and children’s history museum—the only one in the area. Dine in our Italian-themed restaurant—shop for NYC mementos in our store.

Take advantage of our exhibition and educational resources with our guided and self-guided tours. Or go deeper into a topic with our cultural immersion experiences.

Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance.