To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, New-York Historical is temporarily closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. More details on our Visit page.


Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

The New-York Historical Society is proud to partner with CUNY Citizenship Now!

Important support for citizenship initiatives at New-York Historical is provided by

JP Morgan Chase & Co.
The JPB Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The New York Community Trust

Jean Margo Reid
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Heidi and Richard Ong
Robie and Scott Spector
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Ira Millstein
Ann Lozman
Rachael Wells
Tiger Baron Foundation

Other community organizations that promote the well-being of immigrant communities include the NALEO Educational Fund and the New Americans Campaign.


Interested in taking our free naturalization preparation classes?

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Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.


“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”

–John F. Kennedy

New-York Historical is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. (More details here.) But the Citizenship Project is still available online! Join classes conducted via video conferencing that are free for green card holders and help prepare them for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam.

Learn more and pre-register for a course today.


What does it mean to become an American? Created in partnership with CUNY’s Citizenship Now!, the Citizenship Project is a major initiative to help the more than one million immigrants in the New York region who are eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Applications for American citizenship have dramatically increased in the past several years. Through free civics and history classes, the New-York Historical Society offers a unique avenue for addressing this growing demand. By using art and objects from our collection to put American history in context, the Citizenship Project creates a personal and dynamic educational experience beyond rote memorization.

Join us all year long for free classes, public programs, exhibitions, and family activities that examine the basic principles of our American Constitution and democratic institutions.


Led by expert Museum educators, civics and history classes are available to help green card holders prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. Through these courses, which take place at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays and weekday evenings, participants learn about pivotal moments in U.S. history by examining objects and documents from our collections. In addition, New-York Historical offers off-site classes at community organizations and schools across the five boroughs.


True to its founding identity, the United States is still a nation of immigrants. Inspired by New-York Historical’s Citizenship Project, this new Netflix documentary short film depicts some of the many threads that continue to weave the tapestry that is America through the lens of five immigrants who are on their journey to U.S. citizenship. It is a reminder of its national motto E Pluribus Unum—Out of Many, One.  Watch it on Netflix.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam comprises 10 random questions chosen from a total of 100—can you answer just six correctly? Take our online quiz to find out! 

This quiz features questions from the naturalization exam paired with objects from our Museum and Library collections to create key connections and context in American history using object-based learning.


The New-York Historical Society is committed to telling the American story and fostering a community of learners to consider what it means to be an American, past and present.

Join us to ponder what it means to be an American through a series of exhibitions, installations, public programs, and family activities that explore American history and civic engagement. Along with our Center for Women's History, we're proud to lead the way in spotlighting the vital role that women and immigrants have played in shaping the United States. Plus, for more than a decade, New-York Historical has hosted naturalization ceremonies at the Museum, celebrating new American citizens as they become part of the fabric of our nation.

In 2017, we introduced the New Americans Children's History Book to recognize literature that share the personal stories of immigrants throughout American history. The inaugural winner, It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas, is a unique portrait of a young Iranian girl’s adjustment to life in this country as she and her family face prejudice.

Creative: Tronvig Group