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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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


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



New-York Historical Society’s Homeschool Academy provides hands-on history workshops designed to supplement your lessons. Students from ages 5–17 visit our galleries, classrooms, and studio spaces to learn US History from artifacts, works of art, and primary sources that illustrate the events from the 17th through the 20th century. Student participants will engage in investigative processes, art-making, close reading, and creative writing activities that develop their content knowledge and historical thinking skills.  Classes visit the permanent collections and special exhibitions regularly, making the museum their home away from home.

For the 2019-2020 school year we are offering four classes, divided by age. Students must be the required age for their class by the first scheduled session.

Space is limited, so sign up today! To register call (212) 485-9264 or email homeschool@nyhistory.org. Click the links for series dates and descriptions.

Exploring History’s Mysteries Ages 5–7
Fridays, 10:30 am – 12 pm

History Detectives Ages 8–10
Fridays, 1:30 – 3 pm

Junior Historians Ages 11–13
Fridays, 1:30 – 3 pm

The Voices of History Ages 14–17
Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm

Want to try an N-YHS Homeschool Academy program without booking a whole series?
We have single day visits available for all ages. Click here for listings.

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