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:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


Support the New-York Historical Society

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


Turn Your Campers Into History Detectives! E/M
Discover New York City through the DiMenna Children's History Museum and meet the children who lived here from the late-seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Campers will use their eyes, ears and hands to explore the interactive pavilions and kiosks, and participate in a scavenger hunt that will keep them on the move.

New York City: Then and Now E/M/H
New York City is the most populated city in the United States, but was it always? Campers will explore how New York City evolved from its Dutch colonial roots up to the present by examining works of art, artifacts, photographs and prints from the New-York Historical Society collection. By the program’s end they will understand how New York grew to be the city it is today.

Learning History through Paintings E/M/H
The paintings in the New-York Historical Society collection are not only works of art, but windows into our past. Campers will learn to identify portraits, cityscapes and landscapes, and then practice unraveling the stories that the artists are telling. They will quickly learn that not all artists can be trusted to tell the truth!

Objects Tell Stories E/M/H
Did you know that a historian can use a cup to determine the height of the people who used it? Artifacts, the everyday objects left behind by our ancestors, hold countless secrets of the past just waiting to be discovered. Campers will become "History Detectives" and will have the chance to observe, describe and interpret some of the more than 40,000 artifacts on display at the New-York Historical Society, discovering in the process an entirely new way to think about our past and our present.

What Exactly Are Historians, and Why Do We Need Them? E/M/H
During a highlights tour of the museum campers will get the chance to experience the kind of work that historians do, from examining an artifact and discovering its secrets to analyzing a painting for clues about what the world looked like long ago. In the end, they will have to decide: Is learning about the past important after all?

To bring your camp group to the New-York Historical Society, please contact us at or call (212) 485-9293.

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