February Scout Day: Celebrating Black History Month!

Special Family Event
February Scout Day: Celebrating Black History Month!
Sun, February 17th, 2019 |
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
(Members $8)


Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to fulfill a variety of badges and earn a Museum Patch at the New-York Historical Society! Come as a troop or with family and see what's new at New York's oldest ​ museum, founded in 1804. Scout uniforms are encouraged!

This month, join us at our February Scout Day celebrating Black History Month. This Scout Day will highlight special exhibitions focused on African American history through educator-led tours, Living History activities and a Museum-wide Scavenger Hunt.

Engaging tours of our spring special exhibitions and permanent collection begin every half hour. There is something for every scout!

  • Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
  • Betye Saar Keepin’ It Clean


Educator-led Tour—Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean
Ideally suited for older scouts
Betye Saar, a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished figures in American contemporary art. On this interactive tour of her most iconic works on washboards, scouts will consider how art can be used as a tool for political discourse.

Educator-led Tour—Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Ideally suited for older scouts
Explore the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the decades following the Civil War, from Reconstruction through the end of World War I. Scouts will learn about the central role African Americans played in advocating for their rights, as well as the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement in the United States.

MEGA Museum Scavenger Hunt
Recommended for scouts ages 9-16
Journey through time on a MEGA Scavenger Hunt! Follow the clues through the galleries and uncover the secrets of New York's oldest museum.

Living History: The First Black Elected Officials
Recommended for all scouts
Join us in celebrating 150 years of the constitutional amendment that gave African Americans the right to vote! Meet Living Historians portraying the first African American senator, Hiram Revels, and the black citizens who helped elect him one year after the Fifteenth Amendment was passed in February 1869. Learn about other black officials elected across the nation during Reconstruction, try out hands-on activities to see how votes were cast and counted, and explore the triumphs and tribulations of African American voters in the 19th century.

Living History: Harriet Tubman program
Recommended for all scouts
Meet Living Historians who portray Harriet Tubman and other self-liberated people of African descent who—like those featured in our exhibitions Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean—defied racial oppression in the 19th century.

Learn more about Tubman’s accomplishments before, during, and after the Civil War and Reconstruction, ask questions about how she and her associates used the Underground Railroad to free themselves and others, and discover the tales, tools, and techniques of how Tubman and many emancipated people evaded capture and found their way to the North.

Pick up our new 90-minute private Scout Program listing for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts! Private Scout Programs allow you to pick the day and program for your troop. All New-York Historical Society Museum-based Scout Troop Programs satisfy requirements towards select badge fulfillment. Advance registration is required.

Your Scout Day Ticket includes Museum Admission, which comes with access to:

The day's activities can fulfill a number of badge requirements for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; contact us for more information. Patches will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Tickets can be purchased through our Call Center at (212) 485-9268, open 9 am​ ​–​ ​5 pm daily, or on site at the admissions desk. If you have questions regarding Scout Day, please email group.tours@nyhistory.org or call (212) 873-3400, ext. 352

Creative: Tronvig Group