Journey to where magic and myth began! Join us in October 2018 for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition. New-York Historical Members can book tickets starting February 14. Book tickets here. General public tickets go on sale in April.
Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, Harry Potter publishers Scholastic and Bloomsbury, and other special collections. Visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay. Harry Potter: A History of Magic is currently on view at the British Library in London through February 28, 2018.
September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, following the 20th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. in 2017.
In 2017, Scholastic published one of two accompanying titles, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. Designed for a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition. In fall 2018, to accompany the exhibition in New York, Scholastic will also publish the official comprehensive companion book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. A collaboration between the publishers and British Library curators, this lavishly produced, full-color coffee-table book will make the exhibition experience available to everyone.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.
I am a New-York Historical Society Member—do I still need to book a ticket in advance?
Yes. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend that Members book advance tickets online. You can book your tickets at harrypotter.nyhistory.org and verify your Membership with your zip code and Membership ID number, which can be found on your Membership card.
If you cannot locate your card or your Membership ID number, please call our Membership Department at (212)485-9279
When are tickets available for Members?
Members of the New-York Historical Society may purchase tickets beginning February 14 at 12 pm ET. You can book your tickets at harrypotter.nyhistory.org and verify your Membership with your zip code and Membership ID number, which can be found on your Membership card. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888) 718-4253 for an additional fee. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018.
Help! I lost my Membership card or Membership ID number. How can I get a new one?
If you cannot locate your card or your Membership ID number, please call our Membership Department at (212)485-9279.
How many free tickets are Members entitled to book for the exhibition?
The number of free tickets Members can book in advance depends on Membership level:
|Membership Level||Number of free tickets Member may book|
|Family||4 (2 adult tickets + 2 tickets for guests under 18)|
Can Members purchase additional tickets in advance?
Yes! Starting February 14, in addition to booking their entitled free tickets, Members may also purchase additional tickets. The number of additional tickets a Member can purchase depends on Membership level:
|Membership Level||Number of additional tickets Member may purchase|
As a Member, can I get free tickets to the exhibition on the day of my visit to the Museum?
Due to anticipated high demand, we cannot guarantee that any tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be available on the day of your visit, and we strongly recommend that you book tickets in advance. If tickets become available on a given day, Members may book their free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of free tickets permitted is determined by your Membership level (see chart above).
I’m a Member and I booked my advance tickets. What do I need to bring with me on the day of my visit?
You must bring either your New-York Historical Society Membership card or a photo ID.
I just bought a Membership online. Why can't I book my tickets?
Thank you for joining and supporting New-York Historical! Please allow up to 36 hours for your Membership to become active in the system. You will receive an email with your new Member ID number once your Membership is activated.
How do I buy tickets?
Timed-entry tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic can be purchased online at below. Members of the New-York Historical Society may book tickets beginning February 14 at 12 pm ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888) 718-4253 for an additional fee. Please note that tickets are not transferable, and the ticket purchaser will be required to show ID upon arrival. For Member tickets, see our Member section below.
How much do tickets cost?
Timed-entry tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+), $13 for students, $6 for kids ages 5–13, and free for children ages 0–4. Please note that adults will not be admitted with kids tickets, and students will be required to show Student ID. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are not transferable, and the ticket purchaser will be required to show ID upon arrival. For Member tickets, see our Member section below.
Do I need to book a ticket for my 0–4 year old?
Yes. While tickets for children ages 0–4 are free, you are still required to book their tickets in advance.
Is there a booking fee?
Online orders will be assessed a 3% credit card fee plus a booking fee of $1.00 per ticket, except for kids (ages 5–13) tickets, which will be assessed a booking fee of $0.75 per ticket. Free tickets will not be charged a booking fee. Phone orders will be assessed an additional fee of $1.25 per ticket. You also may buy advance tickets on-site at the New-York Historical Society for no extra fee.
Can I buy tickets on the day of my visit?
Due to anticipated high demand, we cannot guarantee that any tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be available on the day of your visit, and we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. If tickets become available on a given day, we will sell them to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to visit all other exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society will still be available for walk-up sales.
How many tickets can I buy?
You may purchase a maximum of six (6) timed-entry tickets.
Does my ticket allow me to see the New-York Historical Society’s other exhibitions?
Yes! Our other terrific exhibits are included in your ticket, and you may explore them at your leisure at any time on the day of your scheduled visit.
What are the exhibition’s open hours?
Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm, and Sunday 10am–5pm. The last entry will be 45 minutes before closing. Please check our calendar for occasional gallery closures and special open days.
I have a voucher or coupon to the New-York Historical Society. Can I use that for my advance ticket?
Unfortunately, advance tickets are only available at full price. If walk-up sales become available on a given day (see above), we will honor vouchers, coupons, and other discounts. For Member tickets, see our member section below.
Will you offer pay-as-you-wish hours for the Harry Potter exhibition?
Due to high demand, tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic on our Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights will be sold at full price, although we will still honor pay-as-you-wish admission for all other exhibitions on Fridays, 6–9 pm.
THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT
What should I bring on the day of my visit?
You will need to bring your ticket or mobile ticket and a photo ID. Please note that tickets are not transferable.
When should I arrive for my visit?
We recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance of the time listed on your timed-entry ticket. If you would like to visit the rest of the Museum, please allow additional time.
If I arrive early, can I go into the exhibition early?
Due to anticipated crowds, we will not be able to admit visitors to the exhibition early. However, you may explore the rest of the Museum while you wait for your entry time.
If I arrive late, will I still be allowed to enter the exhibition?
If space allows, your timed-entry ticket will be honored up to 15 minutes from the listed entry time. However, we strongly recommend that you arrive early.
How much time should I allow to see the exhibition?
While this varies greatly from person to person, we recommend you plan on at least 45 minutes to see the exhibition.
Can I leave the exhibition and return?
Unfortunately, reentry to the exhibition is not permitted.
Is the exhibition wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible, and ramp entry to the building is available at our 77th Street entrance. We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available free of charge. We strongly recommend that you reserve in advance by calling (212) 485-9200. For a full list of our accessibility offerings, visit www.nyhistory.org/visit/plan/accessibility.
What do you offer for visitors who are blind or have low vision?
Large print text is available at the exhibition entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Can I book a guided tour to the exhibition?
Yes! Guided tours to the exhibition for adults and college classes are available. Please contact our Group Sales department at (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 to book your tour or email email@example.com for more information. Please note, however, that we are not selling group admission to self-guided groups.
Can I bring a school group to the exhibition?
Yes! School group visits are available on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the general public. You can book a school group visit by calling (212)485-9293 or visiting www.nyhistory.org/education/school-groups. School group visits are available for other exhibitions every day of the week.
I am having a problem booking tickets. How can I get help?
If you are having a problem with your online order, please call the ShowClix Call Center at (888)718-4253.
I am a Member and I’m having trouble verifying my Membership. How can I get help?
If you are having a problem verifying your Membership or finding your Member ID number, please call the New-York Historical Society Membership Department at (212)485-9279.
I booked a ticket but can no longer make it. Can I get a refund?
Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
I bought my ticket for the wrong date or time. Can I switch?
If you have discovered your error within 48 hours of your order, you may swap times by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888)718-4253. After 48 hours, your order cannot be changed.
Can I give my tickets to a friend or resell them?
Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. The ticket purchaser must be on site on the day of your visit.