Group Tour Pricing
Tourism Professionals receive 20% off all rates (adult, senior and college)
|TYPE||GROUP||GROUP WITH GUIDED TOUR|
|College Students||$100 for up to 25 students||$150 for up to 25 students|
Reserve a 60-minute private Guided Tour with one of our curator-trained docents. Our docent-led tours are un-scripted and unique—each tour is a new experience!
For more information, call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email Group.Tours@nyhistory.org
Special Exhibition Tours
October 25, 2019 – February 2, 2020
In 1867, Mark Twain departed New York Harbor by steamship for a five-and-a-half-month excursion throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. His humorous, opinionated, and revealing observations of sites and inhabitants he encountered first appeared as a series of letters in a San Francisco newspaper, then as the book The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims’ Progress, one of the bestselling travelogues of all time. Take a tour of the exhibition that illuminates Twain’s fabled journey using original documents, photographs, artwork, costumes, and an interactive media experience. Organized in partnership with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation.
November 1, 2019 – February 23, 2020
Holiday Express returns this holiday season! Reimagined to celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry, enchanting installations showcase artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm!) from publisher Penguin Random House alongside Jerni Collection toys. Get an in-depth tour of the magic!.
November 1, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Self-taught and ahead of her time, Anne Marguérite Joséphine Henriette Rouillé de Marigny, Baroness Hyde de Neuville (1771–1849) was one of the first woman artists in America to leave a substantial body of work. Exiled to the U.S.by Napoleon, Neuville’s status as a woman and an outsider made her an astute observer of the early republic. Delve into the first serious consideration of her life and art with a tour of more than 100 of her watercolors and drawings that include subjects like the earliest ethnographically correct images of Indigenous Americans.
February 28 – August 30, 2020
As long as there has been a United States, women have organized to shape the nation’s politics and secure their rights as citizens. Join in the march with our tour and experience this immersive exhibition in the Joyce B. Cowin Women's History Gallery that features inspiring imagery and video footage of collective action and struggle across the centuries. Tours will highlight the centennial of the 19th Amendment—which granted women the right to vote in 1920—and explore the efforts of a wide range of women to expand American democracy in the centuries before and after the suffrage victory.
February 14 - August 23, 2020
Get ready to rock! New-York Historical presents a thrilling exploration of the life of Bill Graham, the legendary music impresario behind the biggest names in rock & roll—including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Immerse yourself on a tour with an audio experience (courtesy of Master & Dynamic) that features songs from Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and much more; a site-specific liquid light show that recreates the famed psychedelic display of New York's Fillmore East auditorium; and over 300 objects, like rare backstage photographs, Pete Townsend's and Duane Allman's guitars, and a Jimi Hendrix stage costume. .
Permanent Exhibition Tours
Unlock the secret history of the city in a whirlwind romp through the Museum! The hunt leads you along a trail of quirky clues and challenges you to answer fun, funny questions about the Museum’s countless artifacts. Your team will follow a trail of clues through the Luce Center and the new Center for Women’s History, plus an array of special exhibits. No knowledge of the museum or New York history required: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This exciting 45-minute game will show you the New-York Historical Society in surprising new ways!
For more than 200 years, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting artwork. Dive into the stories of many illustrious artworks on our docent-led gallery tour. Learn about some of the most renowned works in our collection, ranging in date from the 14th through the 21st centuries, including Thomas Cole's iconic "Course of Empire" series and Charles Willson Peale's Peale Family Portrait. Plus, marvel at Picasso’s magnificent Le Tricorne ballet curtain, the largest piece on view in the United States by the Spanish artist.
Explore our world-renowned permanent collection on our one-of-a-kind highlights tour. Our specially trained guides lead you through the Smith Gallery, showcasing New York’s central role in the creation of the United States. The tour continues on the second floor where a selection of our more than 40,000 historic objects tells the story of Gotham, from its early days as a Dutch colony to the cosmopolitan metropolis of today.
Despite enormous obstacles, women across the spectrum of race and class exercised power and effected change even before they could access the ballot box. Discover the untold stories of women whose contributions to American culture, politics, and society altered the course of history.
Experience our collection of Tiffany lamps—one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic—in a dazzling new two-story gallery. See more than 100 examples of this elegant American art form and hear the personal stories of head designer Clara Driscoll and her team in the Glassmaking Department known as the “Tiffany Girls,” whose contributions were nearly lost to history.
New York’s unique entrepreneurial spirit has inspired objects that stand alone in design and functionality. Hear the dynamic stories of American history as told through extraordinary and everyday objects from our collection. Discover what makes New York the capital of creativity!
The forgotten, often perplexing histories of the United States can be told through artifacts left behind. Since 1804, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting objects that tell captivating stories. History uncovered on this tour will include the 19th-century fascination with phrenology, or skull-reading; the lost art of cigar ribbon manufacturing; and the 1863 draft lottery that sparked the deadliest civil disturbance in our nation’s history.
How can the past inform our present? Discover the New York of yesterday and today through artifacts and works of art from our collection, excavated from city streets and donated by illustrious New Yorkers. Select the century in New York history that most interests you and we’ll tailor a tour to fit!
1600–1700: Before the city was New York, it was New Amsterdam—a remote New World trading outpost in a global Dutch empire. After coming under British rule in 1664, New York retained its diverse, multilingual population and entrepreneurial spirit, remaining a city that existed first and foremost as a financial and trading center.
1700–1800: Under British occupation from 1776 to 1783, New York—a hotbed of contention between Patriots and Loyalists—felt the effects of nearby battles. After the Revolution, New Yorkers witnessed Washington’s inauguration and the city became the first U.S. capital. During this period, one in five New Yorkers lived in bondage.
1800–1900: Fueled by immigration and innovations like the Erie Canal and Brooklyn Bridge, New York grew from a port city concentrated in lower Manhattan to a unified metropolis. During and after the Civil War, New York politics became increasingly contentious. As the 19th century came to a close, the Progressive Movement emerged in response to the excesses of Tammany Hall and the Gilded Age.
1900–2000: During the tumult of the 20th century’s traumatic world wars, ordinary New Yorkers contributed to the war effort. Following World War II, New York emerged on the international stage as a global capital with a unique identity, and its landmarks became recognizable worldwide as New York culture was captured in song, on stage, and on film.