Update

New-York Historical is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but we expect to reopen August 14 with a free, outdoor exhibition. See more details on our Visit page.

How did Jewish settlers come to inhabit—and change—the New World? Jews in colonial America and the young United States, while only a tiny fraction of the population, significantly negotiated the freedoms offered by the new nation and contributed to the flowering of American culture.

The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit...

Journey to where magic and myth began! 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...

America has been singular among nations in fostering a vibrant culture of engagement with constitutional matters and the fundamental principles of government. 

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The exhibit narrative...

Using images, artifacts, interactives, and oral histories, the exhibition explores local innovations that were key to computer development, from vacuum tubes and punched cards to transistors, and highlights pioneering work after the 1964 World's Fair, such as the computer graphics revolution...

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years examines the AIDS epidemic from 1980 to 1985 and explores the fear and hysteria that followed the AIDS outbreak. The exhibition highlights the power of fear and the frustration felt by those affected by AIDS as well as the steps taken to find...

Plague in Gotham!: Cholera in 19th-Century New York, will examine the deadly epidemics of cholera that hit New York City, particularly the first in 1832, which killed thousands and highlighted deep divisions of class, race and religion.

On October 11, 2013, the New-York Historical Society will celebrate the centennial of this landmark event with The Armory Show at 100, an exhibition of more than ninety masterworks from the 1913 exhibition, including the European avant-garde, icons of American art, and earlier works...

To celebrate the sesquicentennial of the New-York Historical Society’s purchase of the Audubon avian watercolors and the the release of the lavishly illustrated book Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for “The Birds of America”―published by the New-York Historical Society and...

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