Holiday Hours

The Museum will be open Memorial Day, Monday, May 29

Earn your next badge with some help from the New-York Historical Society!

We’re proud to offer exclusive programs for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. These programs are designed to help Troops fulfill requirements towards badges!

Scout Group Visit Policies and Procedures:

Private Scout Programs allow you to pick the day and program for your troop. All New-York Historical Society Museum-based Girl Scout Troop Programs satisfy requirements towards select badge fulfillment. Advance registration is required.

  • All programs are led by highly qualified New-York Historical Society Museum Educators and Teaching Artists and make use of the Museum’s objects, artwork, images, maps, and documents
  • Girl Scout Programs are 90 minutes long and may be reserved during Museum hours. Programs cannot be extended past 90 minutes. If a group arrives later than the appointed time, the program will be shortened to end at its original time.
  • Field Trips cost a flat rate of $150.00. Payment must be received to make a reservation. We accept credit cards, and checks.
  • Programs can have up to 30 scouts and must have one adult chaperone per every 10 participants.
  • Lunch facilities are not available in the Museum. Groups are encouraged to picnic in Central Park
  • Field trips can include New York Story, a dynamic 20-minute film covering 400 years of history. The film is recommended for second graders and above.
  • The completion of each program will entitle scouts to a New-York Historical Patch! Patches are available for purchase at the Museum Store. The cost per patch is $4.00.
  • Space is limited, so book today!

To book a program, please email us at group.tours@nyhistory.org or call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352

On Scout Days children will be able to participate in fun and informative activities led by museum educators. Advance registration for Scout Day is recommended.

 

Troop Girl Scout Programs | Girl Scout Independent Studies

 

 

Brownie (Grades 2-3)

Investigation | Senses

Investigation | Senses

You have five senses that work together to let you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around you. Try all five in this badge!
1. Look around
2. Listen to the world
3. Put your nose to work
4. Take a taste test
5. Touch and feel
When I've earned this badge, I'll know how I use my five senses to explore the world.


History Detectives
Brownies build content knowledge and vocabulary as they work like historians, examining artifacts and exploring the children’s museum to place them in their proper historical context.

A Day at the Museum: An Introduction to the New-York Historical Society
Welcome to the New-York Historical Society! Explore the galleries to learn the fundamentals of a museum visit and the different jobs people have in the museum community. Brownies study paintings and objects from long ago and begin to understand the meaning of history and the purpose of a museum.

Being a Historian
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

New York: Then and Now
Find clues about how life was different in the past through close observation of paintings and objects. Compare then and now to trace how New York became the city we know today.

Learning History with Paintings
Examine, describe, and imagine life in the past by looking at beautiful paintings and learning how to interpret the stories they tell.

Objects Tell Stories (Recommended for Grade 3)
Analyze historical artifacts to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

 

Artist | Painting

Artist | Painting

Artists take what they see and make it beautiful. Learn to paint and color your world in super strokes.
1. Get inspired
2. Paint the real world
3. Paint a mood
4. Paint without brushes
5. Paint a mural
Girl Scouts will learn the fundamentals of painting, which you can use to create your own masterpieces at home!

Learning History with Paintings
Examine, describe, and imagine life in the past by looking at beautiful paintings and learning how to interpret the stories they tell.

Art and Nature – April 1, 2017–June 4, 2017
The New-York Historical Society is home to one of the most famous collections of 19th century art: the bucolic landscapes of the Hudson River School artists. In this program Brownies explore these beautiful works of art, learning why and how they came to be.

 

Citizen | Celebrating Community

Citizen | Celebrating Community

Communities often celebrate what makes them special. A Brownie group is a community! Other communities—your town, state, and country—have celebrations, like ceremonies or parades. They might also celebrate by building statues or museums. In this badge, find out what your communities do to celebrate all the people in them.
1. Explore community symbols
2. Sing together
3. Follow the parade
4. Be a landmark detective
5. Join a ceremony or celebration
When I've earned this badge, I'll know how my community celebrates what makes us special.


A Day at the Museum: An Introduction to the New-York Historical Society
Welcome to the New-York Historical Society! Explore the galleries to learn the fundamentals of a museum visit and the different jobs people have in the museum community. Brownies study paintings and objects from long ago and begin to understand the meaning of history and the purpose of a museum.

The American Revolution in New York (Recommended for Grade 3)
Consider the causes, effects, and significance of the American Revolution in New York.

 

Junior (Grades 4-5)

 

Creative Play | Playing the Past

Creative Play | Playing the Past

Dream up a character: a girl or woman who lived in another time period. Maybe a poodle-skirt-wearing Girl Scout from the 1950s, a Wild West cowgirl, a medieval duchess, or a Japanese princess from long ago? You can be someone who really existed or a historical woman from your imagination. Give yourself a new name and get ready to live history!
1. Decide who you are
2. Create a costume
3. Experience daily life
4. Have some old-fashioned fun
5. Become your character
When I've earned this badge, I'll know how girls of the past lived, worked, and played.

Learning History with Paintings
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

Slavery in New York
Uncover the central roles enslaved African people played in Dutch, British, and American New York.

Playing in the Past –October 28, 2016–February 26, 2017
This winter, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed by an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys. Juniors will learn about the lives of children long ago and the history of toys and play through a hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of this exciting exhibition. All aboard!

Shedding Light on a New Era: Tiffany and Beyond – Opening March 3, 2017
Consider art, gender politics, labor movements, and industrialization at the dawn of the 20th century through the lens of the Tiffany Design Studio’s iconic stained glass lamps.

Founding Mothers –March 6–July 30, 2017
Visit Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition of the new Center for Women’s History. In this interactive tour Juniors will learn about the central role women played in the formation of our nation and the culture of the United States.

 

Citizen | Inside Government

Citizen | Inside Government

Do you ever wonder exactly what government is and what it does? Active citizens should know the basics of government, so here’s your chance to go behind the scenes. In this badge, you’ll explore laws that affect you every day, meet people who work in government, and be active in government yourself!
1. Decide what being an active citizen means to you
2. Go inside government
3. Look into laws
4. Report on the issues
5. Get involved in government
When I've earned this badge, I'll know more about how government is run.


Industrialization
Investigate how life in New York City was transformed by the innovations of the Industrial Age.

New York and the Civil War
Analyze the experiences of soldiers and the debates that raged in New York over slavery and the rights of citizens.

Founding Mothers – March 6–July 30, 2017
Visit Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition of the new Center for Women’s History. In this interactive tour Juniors will learn about the central role women played in the formation of our nation and the culture of the United States.

 

Storytelling | Scribe

Storytelling | Scribe

Words are powerful tools. Great writing can make people feel encouraged, entertained, or excited. It can create fantasy worlds or preserve events from history. And just writing down your feelings actually makes you feel better! In this badge, find out what you can do with words.
1. Start with a poem
2. Create a short story
3. Use words to share who you are
4. Write an article
5. Tell the world what you think
When I've earned this badge. I'll know how to write different kinds of stories -- both true tales and ideas from my
imagination.


Hamilton’s World: Colonial and Early Republic New York
Examine paintings and artifacts from the Colonial and Early Republic eras to learn about Alexander Hamilton’s New York.

Objects Tell Stories
Analyze historical artifacts to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

 

Investigation | Detective

Investigation | Detective

Stories, movies, and television are full of amazing detectives solving mysteries and bringing criminals to justice. Their jobs are important, exciting, and take serious skills—skills you can try in this badge. Grab your magnifying glass and dive into the science of detecting.
1. Practice the power of observation
2. Communicate in code
3. Fingerprint for fun
4. Try out detective science
5. Follow the clues to solve a real mystery!
When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to follow clues and discover facts like a real detective.


History Detectives
Juniors build content knowledge and vocabulary as they work like historians, examining artifacts and exploring the children’s museum to place them in their proper historical context.

 

Cadette (Grades 6-8)

 

Citizen | Finding Common Ground

Citizen | Finding Common Ground

Democratic governments exist to help citizens with differing opinions find common ground—the place where people’s thoughts, opinions, and beliefs intersect. Whether it’s Congress, your state, or the local town council, elected leaders often have to make trade-offs, giving up some things they favor to gain support for others. In this badge, investigate how our government does it—and how you can, too.
1. Get to know someone different from you
2. Make decisions in a group
3. Explore civil debate
4. Understand a compromise
5. Find common ground through mediation
When I've earned this badge, I'll know strategies for bringing people together to find common ground.


New York and the Civil War
Analyze the experiences of soldiers and the debates that raged in New York over slavery and the rights of citizens.

Founding Mothers –March 6–July 30, 2017
Visit Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition of the new Center for Women’s History. In this interactive tour Cadettes will learn about the central role women played in the formation of our nation and the culture of the United States.

 

Investigation | Special Agent

Investigation | Special Agent

A special agent wears many hats—detective, scientist, psychologist, enforcer of the law. No wonder novels and shows about their work are so popular! In this badge, grab your magnifying glass and your microscope, and uncover your skills in one of the most exciting—and demanding—jobs for investigative minds.
1. Investigate investigation
2. Reveal reality
3. Try the science
4. Key in to body language
5. Practice the art of detection
When I've earned this badge, I'll know secrets from the worlds of forensic science and criminal psychology.


History Detectives
Cadettes build content knowledge and vocabulary as they work like historians, examining artifacts and exploring the children’s museum to place them in their proper historical context.

Being a Historian
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

Learning History with Paintings
Examine, describe, and imagine life in the past by looking at beautiful paintings and learning how to interpret the stories they tell.

Objects Tell Stories
Analyze historical artifacts to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

 

Senior (Grades 9-10)

 

Innovation | Social Innovator

Innovation | Social Innovator

Girl Scouts are always on the lookout for ways to help others and make a difference. But how do you go from identifying a social problem to developing a social solution? This badge will show you how! And with the skills of a social innovator in your pocket, you'll be able to create Take Action projects for your Leadership Journeys or your Gold Award that are useful, informed, and truly do change the world.
1. Explore the big picture
2. Make connections
3. Build empathy for people affected by your issue
4. Develop a solution from a specific point of view
5. Practice pitching ideas and getting feedback
When I've earned this badge, I'll know how to think like a social innovator.


Slavery in New York
Uncover the central roles enslaved African people played in Dutch, British, and American New York.

Muhammad Ali: Beyond the Legend – December 16, 2016–March 12, 2017
In his heyday Muhammad Ali was a controversial figure who operated at the nexus of race, politics, sports, and fame. During this interactive multimedia tour Seniors will consider the complicated career of Muhammad Ali and the public’s response to his actions. In the process they will gain a better understanding of the man Sports Illustrated named the greatest athlete of the 20th century.

Founding Mothers –March 6–July 30, 2017
Visit Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition of the new Center for Women’s History. In this interactive tour Seniors will learn about the central role women played in the formation of our nation and the culture of the United States.

Shedding Light on a New Era: Tiffany and Beyond - Opening March 3, 2017
Consider art, gender politics, labor movements, and industrialization at the dawn of the 20th century through the lens of the Tiffany Design Studio’s iconic stained glass lamps.

 

Investigation | Truth Seeker

Investigation | Truth Seeker

We're often told that we live in the age of information. It's true that we're surrounded by data—from TV, the Internet, and our friends. But not all information is created equal. Some is misleading, and some is downright wrong. It's important to know how to uncover the truth in what we see and hear, to judge sources on credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support for their claims. In this badge, you'll find out how to separate fact from fiction.
1. Evaluate your sources
2. Investigate what the experts say
3. Be a wise consumer
4. Find truth in your everyday life
5. Become a citizen journalist
When I've earned this badge, I'll be able to figure out what is true in the media, online, and what I hear in my daily life.

Being a Historian
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

 

Citizen | Behind the Ballot

Citizen | Behind the Ballot

In a democracy like ours, voting isn’t just a right—it’s a responsibility. It’s how you make your voice heard and make choices about how you think things should be done in government. In this badge, you’ll explore the importance of voting and find out about the electoral process in the United States and around the world.
1. Find out more about elections
2. Investigate the ins and outs of voting
3. Get out the vote
4. Plan a campaign
5. Explore voting in other countries
When I've earned this badge, I'll know the importance of voting and how people get elected to office.

New York and the Civil War
Analyze the experiences of soldiers and the debates that raged in New York over slavery and the rights of citizens.

World War I and American Art – May 26–September 3, 2017
On April 6, 1917—100 years ago—the U.S. entered WWI, irrevocably changing American society. Seniors will tour the gallery to learn how artists’ work reflected the multitude of opinions about and reactions to the war that rocked the world.

Have Questions?

To learn more about Educator-led Scout Education Programs, Girl Scout Independent Studies, and Scout Days, please contact Kristi Tremblay and Nora Gorman in the Group Sales Department. Call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 or email group.tours@nyhistory.org for more information.

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