The New-York Historical Society is New York City's oldest museum and one of the nation's most distinguished independent research libraries. Its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts and art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York.
On November 11, 2011, the New-York Historical Society will re-open with new galleries after a three-year, $65 million renovation. Visitors of all ages will have serious fun exploring the past while learning the unfolding story of our nation from the uniquely important vantage point of New York. The renovated New-York Historical Society building will welcome visitors with:
- A 17-minute, multi-screen film of American history through the lens of New York City.
- A permanent exhibition taking visitors on an interactive journey from colonial times to the September 11 attacks accompanied by multimedia screens and original artifacts.
- The DiMenna Children’s History Museum, the first of its kind in New York, where the past comes to life through the stories of real children from famous figures like Alexander Hamilton, who came to New York as a teenage orphan to attend college, to Esteban Bellan, who was the first Latin American to play in major league baseball in the 19th century.
- New special exhibitions including Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, an ambitious exploration of the interconnections among the American, French and Haitian revolutions.
- A new museum restaurant operated by Stephen Starr Restaurants in a light-filled, modern space with views of works in the Historical Society’s Great Hall.
The Luce Center permanent collections will be open by appointment only (call  485-9264). All lectures and public programs will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture located at Two West 64th Street.
Visitors of all ages will have serious fun exploring the past while learning the unfolding story of our nation from the uniquely important vantage point of New York. Guided tours are a fantastic addition. A private, one-hour tour through our world-famous collections and innovative exhibitions may be arranged for a group of ten or more.
The New-York Historical Society organizes and presents an extensive range of school programs, teacher resources, and adult and child workshops. The Society’s school programs introduce research skills to young historians throughout the academic year. By examining primary sources such as maps, photographs and newspapers and studying material culture such as works of art, furniture, and tools, students develop independent views of history. Curricula based on exhibitions and collections help students develop research, analysis and interpretation skills. After-school workshops and special projects further integrate source materials into teaching units and classroom work.