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

Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells 
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund


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


Explore New-York Historical’s galleries in person with your students! Each inquiry-driven field trip is led by one of our highly trained educators who will ignite curiosity and engage students in critical conversations about our nation’s past. To learn more and to book, email

Permanent Collection History Programs
Available year-round to enrich and expand your classroom studies.

Civics for All (grades 2-12)
Study the many ways activists in the United States have affected change throughout American history. 

Women & the American Story (grades 4-12)
Learn about the diverse women who shaped 400 years of American history. 

Life in New Amsterdam (grades 2-12) 
Learn what it was like to live in the Dutch settlement that laid the foundation for New York City. 

Slavery in New York (grades 2-12)
Uncover the central roles enslaved people played in the history of New York. 

New York, New Nation (grades 3-12) 
Consider the challenges that New York and the United States faced in the early years of the republic. 

New York and the Civil War (grades 4-12)
Investigate New York City’s complicated relationship with the Union cause. 

Industrialization (grades 4-12)
Consider how life was transformed— for better or worse—by the innovations of the Industrial Age. 

Immigrant City (grades 2-12)
Study immigration from 1609 through the 20th century to learn how newcomers helped create the city we know today. 

NYC Then and Now (PreK- 5)
Discover how the city of New York has changed over time and the infrastructure developed to keep it running.

Skills Building Programs
Give your students the skills they need to analyze the world around them.

Curious Curators (All grades)
Learn how museum curators assemble artifacts, images, and documents into an exhibition that  tells a compelling story. 

A Day at the Museum (grades PreK-2)
Tour the museum to learn what museums are, why they exist, and how museum staff keep them running. 

Picturing the Past (All grades)
Practice analyzing and interpreting the symbols and themes in paintings for clues about the past. 

Objects Tell Stories (All grades) 
Learn to make inferences about life and people long ago from the artifacts they left behind. 

Being a Historian (grades 3-12) 
Get introduced to the basics of studying objects, works of art, and documents in this highlights tour of our collection.

History Detectives (grades K-5) 
Play your way through DiMenna Children’s History Museum and learn how historians use the skills of a detective to uncover the past. 

Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
In this suite of programs students are empowered to become the next generation of historians, writers, scholars, and history-lovers by using technological tools that promote interdisciplinary humanities and STEM learning.

Tiffany Illuminated: Electricity and Circuits (grades 3 - 8)
Explore how electricity and incandescent light changed New York, then create your own light-up Tiffany lamp using paper circuits.

Research in the Digital Age (grades 4 – 12)
Learn to effectively conduct online historical research and identify valid sources of information in an increasingly polarized society.

Measuring the Impact of Immigration (grades 6-12)
Learn about immigrant contributions to New York, then create your own population-growth graphic using GIS technology.

Special Exhibition Programs
Exciting new content from our award-winning curatorial team!

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (grades 4-12)
October 11, 2021 - January 23, 2022

Explore the life, career, and impact of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This tour focuses on Ginsburg’s contributions to the expansion of civil rights and on the role models who preceded and inspired her.

Holiday Express: Playing in the Past (grades PreK-5)
November 18, 2021 - March 13, 2021

This winter, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed by an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys. Students 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 perennial favorite. All aboard!

Generous support for school group visits provided by Con Edison, the Pine Tree Foundation of New York, and Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi.




Creative: Tronvig Group