Museum Open

The Museum is open Monday, January 20, 10 am–6 pm, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

The New-York Historical Society is proud to partner with CUNY Citizenship Now!

Important support for citizenship initiatives at New-York Historical is provided by

JP Morgan Chase & Co.
The JPB Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The New York Community Trust

Jean Margo Reid
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Heidi and Richard Ong
Robie and Scott Spector
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Ira Millstein
Ann Lozman
Rachael Wells
Tiger Baron Foundation

Other community organizations that promote the well-being of immigrant communities include the NALEO Educational Fund and the New Americans Campaign.


Interested in taking our free naturalization preparation classes?

Please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

Support the Citizenship Project

Help support our free classes, educational programs, special installations, and family activities.

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Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.


“I loved being able to touch and see actual items and paintings from the past. It’s like time travel, which helps me understand US history so much better than reading all about it.” 

-Anthea, originally from Suriname

The New-York Historical Society offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 24-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.

The interactive course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection. Classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners.

The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!

"When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?
My reply was: I'm a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing, and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States."

—Elsie, originally from the Philippines

New Classes Start This Winter

January 4–February 8
Saturdays, 10 am–2 pm

January 7–February 13
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–8 pm

February 15–March 21
Saturdays, 10 am–2 pm

March 3–April 9
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–8 pm


Complete the form below to pre-register for a course. Our staff will contact you with more information.

Please note that at this time we offer this program only for permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship.


Contact us at or 212-873-3400 ext. 511.

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