GIVE A NEW-YORK HISTORICAL PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR!
Private guided tours at the Museum make excellent gifts! Led by our expertly trained docents, New-York Historical Society group tours are memorable and provide a unique and personalized experience.
Send your friends or family a New-York Historical Society Tour Experience package, and they can choose the tour that interests them—either a general highlights tour of our permanent collection or a special exhibition tour of their choice. Guided tour gift packages include Museum Admission for the day for up 10 people, plus 10 percent off at the NYHistory Store and access to watch New York Story and our Center for Women's History film We Rise.
To learn more about Private Guided Gift Tour rates and experiences, please call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 or email email@example.com.
Group Tour Pricing
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Reserve a 60-minute private Guided Tour with one of our curator-trained docents. Our docent-led tours are un-scripted and unique—each tour is a new experience!
For more information, call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email Group.Tours@nyhistory.org
Special Exhibition Tours We Offer
Unlock the secret history of the city in a whirlwind romp through the Museum! The hunt leads you along a trail of quirky clues and challenges you to answer fun, funny questions about the Museum’s countless artifacts. Your team will follow a trail of clues through the Luce Center and the new Center for Women’s History, plus an array of special exhibits. No knowledge of the museum or New York history required: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This exciting 45-minute game will show you the New-York Historical Society in surprising new ways!
The ground-breaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, changed the course of environmentalism by prohibiting the hunting, killing, trading, and shipping of migratory birds. It also regulated the nation’s commercial plume trade, which had decimated many American bird species to the point of near extinction. Learn about the women and New Yorkers who championed the protection of endangered birds. Tour highlights include clothing and accessories, books, ephemera, photographs, and original watercolor models by John James Audubon for The Birds of America.
Tour: Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes
April 20, 2018-October 08, 2018
How have shoes culturally transcended their utilitarian purpose to become an object of desire and deliberation for both women and men alike? On this private docent-led tour, participants will explore the private collection of Stuart Weitzman and consider the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production. Among the many treasures, experience “Million Dollar Sandals” that inspired the installation of a shoe-level camera on the red carpet and “kinky boots” designed for the hit Broadway show that tells the true story of a struggling shoe factory that survives by producing high-heeled fetish footwear for men.
How did Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—give visual voice to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 speech? Dive deep into the story through artworks by both Rockwell and a broad range of his contemporaries, and learn how Rockwell’s pieces were transformed from a series of paintings into a national movement.
Immerse yourself in the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Tours of Harry Potter: A History of Magic feature rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, U.S. Harry Potter-publisher Scholastic, and other special collections. 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. Special rates and booking policies apply.
Permanent Exhibition Tours We Offer
For more than 200 years, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting artwork. Dive into the stories of many illustrious artworks on our docent-led gallery tour. Learn about some of the most renowned works in our collection, ranging in date from the 14th through the 21st centuries, including Thomas Cole's iconic "Course of Empire" series and Charles Willson Peale's Peale Family Portrait. Plus, marvel at Picasso’s magnificent Le Tricorne ballet curtain, the largest piece on view in the United States by the Spanish artist.
Explore our world-renowned permanent collection on our one-of-a-kind highlights tour. Our specially trained guides lead you through the Smith Gallery, showcasing New York’s central role in the creation of the United States. The tour continues on the second floor where a selection of our more than 40,000 historic objects tells the story of Gotham, from its early days as a Dutch colony to the cosmopolitan metropolis of today.
Despite enormous obstacles, women across the spectrum of race and class exercised power and effected change even before they could access the ballot box. Discover the untold stories of women whose contributions to American culture, politics, and society altered the course of history.
Experience our collection of Tiffany lamps—one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic—in a dazzling new two-story gallery. See more than 100 examples of this elegant American art form and hear the personal stories of head designer Clara Driscoll and her team in the Glassmaking Department known as the “Tiffany Girls,” whose contributions were nearly lost to history.
New York’s unique entrepreneurial spirit has inspired objects that stand alone in design and functionality. Hear the dynamic stories of American history as told through extraordinary and everyday objects from our collection. Discover what makes New York the capital of creativity!
The forgotten, often perplexing histories of the United States can be told through artifacts left behind. Since 1804, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting objects that tell captivating stories. History uncovered on this tour will include the 19th-century fascination with phrenology, or skull-reading; the lost art of cigar ribbon manufacturing; and the 1863 draft lottery that sparked the deadliest civil disturbance in our nation’s history.
How can the past inform our present? Discover the New York of yesterday and today through artifacts and works of art from our collection, excavated from city streets and donated by illustrious New Yorkers. Select the century in New York history that most interests you and we’ll tailor a tour to fit!
1600–1700: Before the city was New York, it was New Amsterdam—a remote New World trading outpost in a global Dutch empire. After coming under British rule in 1664, New York retained its diverse, multilingual population and entrepreneurial spirit, remaining a city that existed first and foremost as a financial and trading center.
1700–1800: Under British occupation from 1776 to 1783, New York—a hotbed of contention between Patriots and Loyalists—felt the effects of nearby battles. After the Revolution, New Yorkers witnessed Washington’s inauguration and the city became the first U.S. capital. During this period, one in five New Yorkers lived in bondage.
1800–1900: Fueled by immigration and innovations like the Erie Canal and Brooklyn Bridge, New York grew from a port city concentrated in lower Manhattan to a unified metropolis. During and after the Civil War, New York politics became increasingly contentious. As the 19th century came to a close, the Progressive Movement emerged in response to the excesses of Tammany Hall and the Gilded Age.
1900–2000: During the tumult of the 20th century’s traumatic world wars, ordinary New Yorkers contributed to the war effort. Following World War II, New York emerged on the international stage as a global capital with a unique identity, and its landmarks became recognizable worldwide as New York culture was captured in song, on stage, and on film.