Because History Matters

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is the city’s oldest museum.  Members are partners in New-York Historical’s mission to engage a broad range of people in American history through groundbreaking exhibitions, stimulating programs, and educational initiatives that bring history and art to life.

To learn more about Membership levels and benefits, please read below. Please note: several of our onsite benefits are temporarily unavailable. We have added virtual programs exclusively for Members, including History Book Club, Curator Confidential, and Spotlight Series.

Enhance your membership by joining our Frederick Douglass Council and/or our Women’s History Council. Both provide opportunities for deeper engagement at New-York Historical.

For more information, please contact the Membership Department at or (212) 485-9279.

Core Membership Benefits (included at every level):

  • Free Museum Admission
  • Special Members-only hours for exclusive access to select exhibitions *
  • Advance notification and ticket sales for our public program series
  • Opportunity to purchase up to two discounted tickets per public program, gallery tour, or walking tour, based on availability **
  • Invitation to the annual Member Appreciation Event *
  • Invitations to History Book Club meetings **
  • Invitation to participate in the Spotlight Series: a 10-week virtual course **
  • Access to live, member-excusive digital programs like Curator Confidential **
  • 10% off at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, and Storico restaurant
  • Access to the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program

* Onsite benefit is temporarily unavailable
** Currently a virtual or remote program


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