New-York Historical is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but we expect to reopen August 14 with a free, outdoor exhibition. See more details on our Visit page.

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.


To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the New-York Historical Society is suspending Drop-In Hours from Saturday, March 14 through Thursday, April 30. We expect to resume Drop-In Hours on Friday, May 1 and are monitoring the situation closely. Please check back on this page for future updates.


New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is a state-of-the-art digital media and STEM maker space where teens can work with mentors, meet friends, and create. Whether you’re looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you.

This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment -- from fun to professional -- to help tomorrow’s leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities.

Some Features and Equipment:

  • High processing computers with a full suite of professional design and production software
  • 3D scanners and printers to recreate and transform collection objects
  • Interactive media wall with three oversized screens for presenting and sharing work
  • Soundproof recording booth and professional editing software to create audio and video projects

Free Drop-In Hours

Teens, ages 13 to 19, are invited to free drop-in hours Drop-In Hours, every Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 4:30 pm.* Students can explore the many galleries of the museum, meet with mentors, work on creative projects with friends or independently, experiment with our digital resources and learn new tech skills.  Museum admission is also free. 

Please complete a one-time registration for Drop-In Hours here.
*Unless the space is closed for another event or program. See calendar below. 

Any Questions?

Send us an email at teens@nyhistory.org or call us at 212-873-3400 Ext. 356!

The Tech Commons @ New-York Historical was established with lead support from The Thompson Family Foundation. Generous support provided by The Robert K. Steel Family, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the Pine Tree Foundation of New York, and Susan Waterfall. 

Creative: Tronvig Group