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Private Group Tours

Sign up for a private, socially-distanced tour with our curators!

For a limited time, join New-York Historical Society's expert curators for an exclusive tour of the Museum's preeminent permanent collection and select special exhibitions. The tours take place during or outside of public hours for small groups of people from the same household or party. To promote health and safety, select galleries will be closed to the public for tours that occur during Museum hours. 

These premium experiences are customized for the interests of the group, from those with a casual curiosity in American history to the most knowledgeable history buff! Tour guides and guests adhere to the most up-to-date COVID-19 safeguards while having the chance to enjoy and discover our galleries during and after hours.

To book a tour now or to learn more, call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email

Available Tours:

  • Objects Tell Stories: Highlights from the Luce Center
  • Gallery of Tiffany Lamps
  • Meet the Presidents and the Oval Office
  • Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum
  • Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEO

Tour Overview: 

  • 45–60-minute guided tour of a New-York Historical Society permanent collection or special exhibition. 
  • Exclusive access to the Museum's renowned collection during or outside of public hours.
  • Tours are limited to fewer than 10 people from the same household or party.
  • Guests receive a discount coupon for the NYHistory Store to be used online or onsite during Museum's public hours.
  • Parliament Cafe take-away boxed lunch/refreshment packages available for preorder and purchase

Read more about the Museum's enhanced safety protocols.

Tour Descriptions

Objects Tell Stories: Highlights from the Luce Center 
Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has collections that cover four centuries of American history, art, and material culture. Hear the stories behind some of our most treasured pieces on this sweeping tour led by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts. Among the highlights: the camp bed that George Washington slept on at Valley Forge; the silver Tiffany & Co. controller handle that was used on the maiden voyage of the NYC subway in 1904; and the only known draft wheel to survive the New York City Draft Riots. 

Gallery of TIffany Lamps 
Explore New-York Historical's collection of Tiffany lamps—one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic—and the intricate techniques behind their creation on this awe-inspiring after-hours tour led by Associate Curator of Material Culture Rebecca Klassen. View masterpieces of this elegant American art form and hear the personal stories of head designer Clara Driscoll and her team of “Tiffany Girls,” whose contributions were nearly forgotten by history. 

Meet the Presidents and the Oval Office
Step into presidential history with our expansive exhibition that showcases a detailed re-creation of the Oval Office, complete with audio excerpts of presidential musings and a Resolute desk. Trace the evolution of the executive branch from George Washington to the present-day as Marci Reaven, Vice President of History Exhibitions or Lily Wong, Assistant Curator and Manager of History Exhibits, walk guests through unique artwork and objects, like the actual Bible used during Washington's inauguration and a 1962 student scrapbook chronicling John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum 
Join Curator Wendy Ikemoto for an intimate tour of the exhibition Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum, the first collaboration between the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum. Explore works from both art collections that together generate dialogue about urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, and borders and crossings. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 164-foot hanging scrolls by Dinh Q. Lê featuring abstractions of the World Trade Center towers (2016), and a dystopic video narrative of war and destruction by Shiva Ahmadi (2014). 

Cover Story: Katharine Graham, CEO
Native New Yorker Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001) never expected to become the president, publisher, and CEO of the Washington Post. But she thrived in that position—and even helped end a war and a corrupt U.S. presidency by publishing the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate investigation and informing an outraged public. On this private guided tour, Curator Jeanne Gutierrez takes you through the current exhibition that delves into a transformative period in Graham’s life, as her devotion to the Post helped her evolve from a self-effacing widow into a decisive media executive.

Woman of the Year in Economy and Business: Katharine Graham, 1973. Bettmann/Getty Images

Terms and Conditions: 

  • Purchasers will receive confirmation at the time of booking. 
  • Please arrive on time. Any guest who arrives 15 or more minutes after the group has entered the galleries will not be permitted entry.
  • All Tour guests are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth the entire time they are inside the Museum.
  • Tour guests must adhere to 6 feet social distancing from all N-YHS staff members, this includes maintaining social distancing from their tour guide at all times.
  • All Tour guests must adhere to bag checks and temperature checks.
  • Coat check will not be available. All group members must carry all belongings brought into the Museum. Luggage, carry-on bags, and oversize backpacks are not allowed in the Museum.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum. 

Images: Corrado Serra. North Gallery; Corrado Serra. Gallery of Tiffany Lamps; President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev have their first meeting at the White House, December 8, 1987.Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum; Bob Adelman.Young African American women at the March on Washington, 1963. Courtesy of the Bob Adelman Estate; Martin Wong (1946–1999). Canal Street, 1992. Acrylic on canvas.New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Watson Fund

Creative: Tronvig Group