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.


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

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:Barker Welfare Foundation  
BNY Mellon   
Con Edison  
Deutsche Bank   
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Ford Foundation   
The Keith Haring Foundation   
Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The JPB Foundation    
Susan and Robert E. Klein   
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   
New York Community Trust   
Henry Nias Foundation  
The Pinkerton Foundation   
Fred and Joan Pittman  
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner  
Stavros Niarchos Foundation   
Gillian V. and Robert Steel  
Susan Waterfall
Tiger Baron Foundation
and an anonymous donor.  


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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.


Exploring History’s Mysteries: Ages 5-7

Exploring History’s Mysteries is a multi-modal course for young learners (ages 5-7) to begin to understand the concept of the past and to consider how things have changed over time. Each series consists of three classroom lessons plus a fourth bonus experience where students put their new skills to work in the museums galleries or create a work of art! You can register your child for each series individually or book the entire year receive a discount.

Tuition must be paid in full to reserve a spot in the class. To receive the discount for booking the full year, complete payment must be submitted before the academic year begins on September 20.


  • $150 per individual series (3 lessons + bonus experience)
  • $650 for all five series (15 lessons + 5 bonus experiences)


Being a Historian: Learn what it means to be a historian and how to analyze different types of primary sources.
Dates: Fridays- 09/20/19, 09/27/19, 10/04/19, 10/11/19
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

  • Learning History with Objects
  • Learning History with Paintings
  • Learning History with Maps

Bonus: Being a Historian Gallery Program: Practice your new historical thinking skills during a highlights tour of our museum.


Families through the Centuries: Discover what life was like in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries by learning about families who lived in New York City during these eras.
Dates: Fridays-  11/01/19, 11/08/19, 11/15/19, 11/22/19
Time: 10:30am-12pm

  • 18th Century Families
  • 19th Century Families
  • 20th Century Families

Bonus: Historical Portraits Studio Workshop: Learn how to create a portrait of someone from long ago using water color pencils.


New York’s Changing Community: Explore how communities in New York City changed over time as new populations, technologies, and ideas were introduced!
Dates: Fridays- 01/17/20, 01/24/20, 01/31/20, 02/07/20
Time: 10:30am-12pm

  • 18th Century Communities
  • 19th Century Communities
  • 20th Century Communities

Bonus: History Detectives Gallery Program: Visit the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to try your hand at solving some of history’s mysteries.


Childhood Then & Now: Learn what it was like to be a child in New York long ago!
Dates: Fridays- 02/14/20, 02/28/20, 03/06/20, 03/13/20
Time: 10:30am-12pm

  • Play Then & Now
  • School Then & Now
  • Children at Work

Bonus: Playing in the Past Special Exhibition Gallery Program: Explore an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys. Students will learn what children played in the past and how these toys and games prepared them for the world.


Looking Deeper: Then & Now:  Compare life long ago with life today to learn how and why society has evolved.
Dates: Fridays- 05/01/20, 05/08/20, 5/15/20, 05/22/20
Time: 10:30am-12pm

  • Clothing Then & Now
  • Jobs Then & Now
  • Transportation Then & Now

Bonus: NYC Then & Now Collage Studio Workshop: Use color, shape, and texture to create a collage of New York City long ago.

Creative: Tronvig Group