Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
Bring your students on a trip to the oldest museum in New York! Whether they are visiting a special exhibition or our beautifully redesigned permanent collection galleries, students will be actively engaged with the stuff of history—the artifacts, works of art, and documents that provide a window onto our collective past.
A talented Museum Educator leads every inquiry-driven 90-minute experience. Programs are carefully scaffolded to meet students’ needs across all ages and learning styles. Each of the topics below supports the Common Core State Standards and the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies and the Arts.
Field trips cost $90/class for schools within New York City and $150/class for non-NYC schools. A class can have up to 30 students and must have one chaperone for every ten students.
Questions? Contact us at 212-485-9293 or email@example.com.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION PROGRAMS
*SPECIAL SUMMER FIELD TRIPS 2018
*Summer of Magic
June 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Take a peek behind the curtain with this interactive tour of historic magical artifacts from David Copperfield's International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts. Explore a historical magic shop, encounter Harry Houdini's most death-defying feats, examine Copperfield's own Death Saw, and learn that anything is possible with hard work and a great imagination.
Recommended ages: 4 and up
*History on Our Feet
April 20, 2018 - October 08, 2018
Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes Explore designer Stuart Weitzman’s collection of historical shoes to learn howthis staple of the human wardrobe can reveal important information about thecultures and lifestyles of people long ago.
Recommended ages: 7 and up
*The Four Freedoms
May 25, 2018- September 02, 2018
What happens when art and politics team up to advance a new vision for the world? In this interactive exhibition tour, teens will learn how Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings of Franklin Roosevelt's Four
Freedoms shaped the American public's understanding of their place in the world at the height of WWII, and the role the paintings played in spreading American ideals across the globe.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic (grades 2-12)
October 5, 2018-January 27, 2019 (Mondays Only)
Twenty years ago, the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ushered in a new age of cultural fascination with magic, a tradition that humans have been following for millennia. Students will follow the Hogwarts course of subjects as they explore original manuscripts and illustrations of the Harry Potter books, mysterious medieval manuscripts, ancient cauldrons, and spells from all over the world to learn how people long ago used magic to make sense of the world around them and why it continues to capture our imaginations today.
CONTENT PROGRAMS IN PERMANENT COLLECTION
Life in New Amsterdam (grades 2 – 12)
Why did the Dutch West India Company start a settlement in New York Harbor? What was it like to live in a tiny town at the edge of the known world? Learn about the founding settlement that became New York.
Slavery in New York (grades 2 – 12)
Uncover the central role enslaved people played in the history of New York City, and how historians have uncovered this lost story.
British New York (grades 2 – 12) New!
Explore life under British colonial rule in the years prior to the outbreak of the American Revolution.
The American Revolution in New York (grades 4 – 12)
Experience New York’s role in the war for our nation’s independence from the perspective of the soldiers who fought in it.
New York, New Nation (grades 4 – 12) New!
Consider the challenges that faced the Early Republic, and the central role New York played in defining the new nation.
New York and the Civil War (grades 4 – 12)
Examine the experiences of Civil War soldiers and the events of the Draft Riots to learn about New York City’s complicated relationship with the Union cause.
Industrialization (grades 2 – 12)
Investigate how life in New York City was transformed by the innovations of the Industrial Age—for better or for worse.
Tiffany Studios: Art and Industry (grades 2 – 12)
Consider art, gender politics, labor movements, and industrialization through the lens of the Tiffany Design Studio’s iconic 1920s stained glass.
Immigrant City (grades 2 – 12) New!
Since 1609, waves of immigrants have arrived in New York Harbor. Encounter newcomers from different cultures around the globe, and learn how each wave helped shape the city we know today.
FDR’s Presidency and Legacy (grades 4 – 12) New!
Use the long political career of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to learn about the Progressive Era, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and WWII.
*Then and Now Series (PK – grade 5) New!
Examine objects and images from our permanent collections to discover how life over the past 400 years compares with our 21st Century expectations and technologies. Choose to book one or more of these topics. Your class can come again and again to examine the past from every angle!
- Homes Then and Now
- Families Then and Now
- Transportation Then and Now
- Toys Then and Now
- New York City Then and Now
SKILL-BUILDING PROGRAMS IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Learning History with Paintings (PK – grade 12)
Learn to “read” a painting for clues about the past, analyzing and interpreting symbols and themes in different works of art from our world-renowned collection.
Meet the Beekmans (PK – grade 2)
Introduce your students to the basics of historical study through an investigation of the Beekman children, eight siblings who lived in colonial New York.
Objects Tell Stories (grades 3 – 12)
Learn how to read seemingly simple, everyday objects to make inferences about life and people long ago, just like a historian.
*Being a Historian (grades 3 – 12)
Learn what it takes to be a historian during this highlights tour of our collection.
A Day at the Museum (PK – grade 2)
Take a highlights tour around the museum to learn what a museum is, why museums exist, and how the people who work in them keep them running.
*History Detectives in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (grades 2 – 6)
Play and learn in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to learn how historians study the past and achieve the rank of history detective.
RESEARCH SKILLS PROGRAMS
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library Partnership (grades 7 – 12)
Learn how historians piece together a complete understanding of the past by getting up close and personal with the primary sources of the New-York Historical Society’s unparalleled library and museum collections. In this special two-hour program, students have the opportunity to interact with original primary source documents, facilitated by a Reference Librarian, and analyze objects in the museum galleries with a Museum Educator to draw connections among documents, images, and artifacts. Library Partnership programs are $160/class.
Choose one topic per two-hour visit:
- Deconstructing the Civil War
This program gives students the opportunity to study the events and the impact of the deadliest war in American history from the perspective of those who lived it.
Tech Commons Programs
In conjunction with the opening of the new Tech Commons @ New-York Historical, we will offer a menu of exciting field trip opportunities to empower the next generation of historians, writers, scholars, and history-lovers. Cutting-edge technological tools will promote learning, scholarly research, and creative thinking in guided, age-appropriate activities.
- Research in the Digital Age (grades 4 – 12)
In the age of “alternative facts” how is a student to know who to trust? In this 90-minute workshop students learn how to effectively conduct online historical research and identify valid sources of information.
More new programming to be announced
MEGA SCAVENGER HUNT (GRADES 4 – 12)
In this fast-paced scavenger hunt, teams of students compete to discover the secrets of the New-York Historical Society’s treasure trove of objects and artwork before time runs out. When time is up the entire class will attend a viewing of our film New York Story while they wait to find out who won the prize!
The MEGA Scavenger Hunt can serve any group size, from two to 200, and the program lasts 90 minutes total. Booking times vary, and can be tailored to your specific needs.