New-York Historical Society | Veterans Day Weekend


November 10, 11, and 12

FREE Museum Admission for veterans
November 10-12

In honor of Veterans Day, all visitors receive Free Museum Admission
on November 11, thanks to AT&T


Join us this Veterans Day Weekend as we honor those who have served our country, both in our modern era as well as throughout American history. Through performances, talks, and programs, learn about the experiences of our nation's heroes and the challenges that many face today. Family friendly activities offer kids and their adults age-appropriate learning. Many of the programs throughout Veterans Day Weekend are presented in conjunction with our exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, and were made possible, in part, by public funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 


The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975

On view through April 22, 2018
Forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War remains a painful chapter in U.S. history. This groundbreaking exhibition examines the causes, conduct, and consequences of one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 explores how the tumultuous era challenged foundations of American life and defined a generation. Learn More >


RSVP for Public Programs not required but strongly recommended. Space is limited; those without RSVPs cannot be guaranteed a seat. To RSVP, contact the Call Center at 212-485-9268 or

Friday, November 10

Admission is pay-as-you-wish starting at 6 pm on Fridays

Cry Havoc!
7–10 pm

7–8 pm: Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches and posing challenging questions: The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do civilians and veterans re-learn to live together?

8–9 pm: Stephan Wolfert joins five veterans from the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to discuss challenges they faced returning from battle and how they have dealt with them.

9–10 pm: Stephan Wolfert and the veterans on the panel will meet and greet audience members after the performance.
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Saturday, November 11

In honor of Veterans Day, all visitors receive FREE Museum Admission all day thanks to AT&T.

Veterans Day Docent-led Hightlights Tour
Tours take place at 2 pm and 3:30 pm
Join docent Jim Picinich on a very special Veterans Day Highlights Tour that explores themes of patriotism, duty, and citizenship. Tour stops will include our thought-provoking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 as well as American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and TimesArthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, and the North Gallery of our Luce Center, featuring items from our permanent collection.

Sunday, November 12

Veterans Resource Center
11 am – 4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Veterans organizations will be stationed in our second-floor gallery Dexter Hall to answer questions and provide information on services.

Concert: Orion Music Ensemble
12–1 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Join us for a tribute to our heroes beginning with classical compositions written for the military and ending with marches, gallops, and a grand finale that will get everyone moving. Orion Music Ensemble has played for audiences around the city and around the world, delighting those at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and even Queen Elizabeth II. 
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Voices from War
2–4 pm | Free with Museum Admission
Listen to six veterans of the Vietnam War and recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as they share original writing on their experiences of war and coming home. The readings will be followed by a discussion and meet-and-greet with the Voices From War Readers. 
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Family programs are free with Museum Admission

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 Family Guide
All day | Recommended for ages 11 and up
Pick up a free Family Guide and dig into this engaging exhibition through activities, highlights, and discussion points about this difficult era.

All Weekend

Veterans from America’s Past Scavenger Hunt
All day | Recommended for ages 6 and up
What musical instrument did 14-year-old Phillip Correll use to call soldiers of the 99th New York Infantry to march in the Civil War? Find hidden treasures and discover fun facts about American soldiers in this scavenger hunt through New-York Historical’s galleries.

Friday, November 10

Meet Soldiers from America’s Past: The American Revolution
11 am – 4 pm  | Recommended for ages 4 and up
Join the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the struggle for Independence! The 1st RI portrays the Continental Army's historic “Black Regiment,” which was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves when they reinforced a dwindling Continental Army in 1778. Learn More >

Saturday, November 11

Meet Soldiers from America’s Past: The Civil War
11 am – 4 pm  | Recommended for ages 4 and up
Fight for the Union with the 6th Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops! The 6th USCT honors African Americans who joined the Army, like many others, after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Learn More >

Drawing from Life with Dare2Draw
2 pm | Recommended for ages 6 and up
Join teaching artists from Dare2Draw to practice  the basics of drawing from life. Families will look closely and draw all the details of soldiers from America’s past in this special Veterans Day studio art program. Learn More >

Sunday, November 12

Meet Soldiers from America’s Past: World War I
11 am – 4 pm | Recommended for ages 4 and up
Jump into the trenches with the Ebony Doughboys! You might know them as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ but the Ebony Doughboys portray the real 369th Regiment U.S. Infantry. They originally named themselves ‘the Rattlers’ and shipped out to France in 1917—100 years ago! Learn More >

Reading into History Book Club: Thanhha Lai and Inside Out & Back Again
2–4 pm | Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
Jon us to dive into the National Book Award-winning novel, Inside Out and Back Again, about a young girl’s transition from Vietnam to Alabama after the fall of Saigon. Author Thanhha Lai will meet families and discuss her book, then we’ll explore our exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 on a family appropriate tour. Learn More >

Top: Photograph, © David Burnett / Contact Press Images

Education and public programming for The Vietnam War made possible by

Major Support for The Vietnam War provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, Bernard L. Schwartz, the Achelis and Bodman Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Additional support for the exhibition provided in honor of Gunner’s Mates Simpson, Wicks, and Von Essen, once of the USS Hornet, by James Grant; Bridgewater Associates; Amherst Pierpont; Harlan Batrus; Stifel; the Southern 7 Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization; and Karen and Paul Isaac.

Support for Veterans Day Weekend programs provided in part by: 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Bank of America
Back In Time Walking Tours
United War Veterans Council 
Voices From War

National Museum of the American Indian

Creative: Tronvig Group