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.

Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


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


Out of an abundance of caution, the New-York Historical Society has cancelled all in-person school programs through April 30. To serve our learning community during this challenging time, we are developing a suite of free online history courses for students of all grade levels. If you would like to receive updates about our rollout of Digital Learning programs, sign up for our Digital Learning mailing list



Tour a special exhibition, explore our permanent collection, play in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, or learn a new skill in the Tech Commons. Your students will be inspired by all the New-York Historical Society has to offer. A Museum educator will teach your students how to use our vast collection of artifacts, works of art, and documents as a window onto our collective past.

Payment is required upon booking, so please be prepared to pay when you call. We accept credit cards, checks, and purchase orders. Programs slots are limited and sell out quickly—book early to reserve your preferred time and date.

Special Exhibition, Skill Building, and Permanent Collection programs run for 90 minutes and cost $90 per class for NYC schools or $150 per class for schools outside the five boroughs.

Tech Commons and Research Library programs run for 2 hours and cost $160 per class for NYC schools or $200 per class for schools outside of the five boroughs.

Click here to download or print our Social Narrative for your upcoming field trip.

Questions? Ready to book? Contact us at (212) 485-9293 or schoolprograms@nyhistory.org.

Generous support for school group visits provided by Con Edison, the Pine Tree Foundation of New York, and Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi.

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Special Exhibition Programs | Tech Commons Programs | Content Programs | Skill-Building Programs | Research Programs


Holiday Express: Playing in the Past (grades PreK-5)
November 12, 2019-February 23, 2020 
Learn about the lives of children long ago through a hands-on exploration our enchanting installation of holiday toys and trains. All aboard!

Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (grades 3-12)
March 3-August 30, 2020
Explore our Center for Women’s History to learn how women won the right to vote, how that right was contested for women of marginalized groups, and the many other ways women have exercised and expressed their political identities.

History in Silhouette (grades 3-12)
January 24-April, 5 2020
Analyze historical silhouettes by Moses Williams and Charles Wilson Peale alongside contemporary works by Kara Walker and Béatrice Coron to learn how silhouettes can be both beautiful works of art and powerful social commentary. 

The Art of Rock and Roll: Music Posters from the 1960s (grades 6-12)
March 3-August 9, 2020
Explore the psychedelic world of the 1960s by studying concert posters commissioned by music promoter Bill Graham and the culture that informed them.

Call 212-485-9293 or complete our Field Trips booking form to start the scheduling process.


Holiday Express: Make a Train (grades 3 – 5)
November 12, 2019–February 23, 2020
Explore our enchanting installation of holiday trains, then learn how electric trains work as you create your own electric motor-powered train to take home!

Tiffany Illuminated: Electricity and Circuits (grades 2 - 12)
Explore how electricity and incandescent light changed New York, then create your own light-up Tiffany lamp using paper circuits.

Research in the Digital Age  (grades 4 – 12)
Learn to effectively conduct online historical research and identify valid sources of information in the age of “alternative facts.”

Audubon Explorers (grades 2 – 5)
Learn the history of avian conservation and work with the tools and technologies scientists use to track bird populations.

Measuring the Impact of Immigration (grades 6-12)
Learn about immigrant contributions to New York, then create your own population-growth graphic using GIS technology.

FDR’s Presidency and Legacy (grades 6-12)
Study primary sources that illustrate the major events of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency and then play an interactive game that challenges you to navigate Great Depression and WWII.

Complete our Field Trips booking form to start the scheduling process.


Women & the American Story (grades 4-12) NEW!
Learn about women artists and activists who shaped 400 years of American history.

The Presidency Project (grades 4-12) NEW February 2020
Study how the office of the presidency has evolved, and how presidents have wielded their constitutional powers to change the course of history.

Life in New Amsterdam (grades 2-12)
Learn what was it was like to live in the Dutch settlement that laid the foundation for New York City.

Slavery in New York (grades 2-12)
Uncover the central roles enslaved people played in the history of New York.

British New York (grades 3-12)
Explore the colonial experience from the surrender of New York to the outbreak of the Revolution.

The American Revolution in New York (grades 3-12)
Learn about the experience of the diverse people who responded to New York’s bid for independence.

New York, New Nation (grades 3-12)
Consider the challenges that New York and the United States faced in the early years of the republic.

New York and the Civil War (grades 4-12)
Investigate New York City’s complicated relationship with the Union cause.

Industrialization (grades 4-12)
Consider how life was transformed—for better or worse—by the innovations of the Industrial Age.

Immigrant City (grades 2-12)
Study immigration from 1609 through the 20th century to learn how newcomers helped create the city we know today.

Civics for All (grades K-5) NEW!
Explore the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to learn what inspired kids in the past to stand up for themselves and their beliefs.

Then and Now Series (grades PreK-5)
Discover how life over the past 400 years compares with our 21st century expectations and technologies. 

  • Homes and Families Then and Now
  • NYC Then and Now
  • Toys Then and Now

Call 212-485-9293 or complete our Field Trips booking form to start the scheduling process.


Curious Curators (grades 4-5) NEW!
Learn how Museum curators assemble artifacts, images, and documents into an exhibition that tells a compelling story.

Curation 101  (grades 6-12) NEW!
Learn how Museum curators assemble artifacts, images, and documents into an exhibition that tells a compelling story.

Civics for All (grades 4-5) NEW!
Explore the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to learn what inspired kids in the past to stand up for themselves and their beliefs.

Civics for All (grades 6-12) NEW!
Study the many ways citizen activists affected change throughout American history.

A Day at the Museum (grades PreK-2)
Tour the Museum to learn what museums are, why they exist, and how museum staff keep them running.

Picturing the Past (grades PreK-12)
Practice analyzing and interpreting the symbols and themes in paintings for clues about the past.

Objects Tell Stories (grades PreK-12)
Learn to make inferences about life and people long ago from the artifacts they left behind.

Being a Historian (grades 3-12)
Get introduced to the basics of studying objects, works of art, and documents in this highlights tour of our collection.

History Detectives (grades K-5)
Play your way through the DiMenna Children’s History Museum and learn how historians use the skills of a detective to uncover the past.

Mega Scavenger Hunt (grades 4-12)
Compete to discover the secrets of the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection before time runs out. 

Call 212-485-9293 or complete our Field Trips booking form to start the scheduling process.


Deconstructing the Civil War (grades 7-12)
Study the events and impact of the deadliest war in U.S. history from the perspective of those who lived it by reading soldier letters, examining political broadsides, and analyzing abolitionist propaganda photos.

The Wonder City (grades 7-12)
Discover how New York became the city it is today by studying ephemera like NYC fire maps, Department of Sanitation photo collections, and Coney Island guide books.



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