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.


Virtual Field Trips: Live from the Galleries | Virtual Outreach Series 
Academy of American Democracy


Virtual Field Trips: Live from the Galleries

Virtual Field Trips: Live from the Galleries An exciting new option for your class! Virtually tour our exhibitions from the comfort of your classroom. Led by one of our Museum educators, get a closer look at our permanent collection and our special exhibitions. To learn more and to book, email

Civics for All (grades 3-12) 
Explore our re-creation of the White House Oval Office to learn how presidents have interpreted their powers and fulfilled their leadership obligations since the beginning of the United States. [1] 

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

New York City: Then and Now (K-2)
Discover how the city of New York has changed over time and the infrastructure developed to keep it running.

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.

Virtual Outreach Series

Discover our bounty of live, remote lessons on topics ranging from colonial America to the Civil War and Reconstruction to World War II and the civil rights movement. In each one hour online lesson, a New-York Historical educator conducts a lively and interactive conversation with students as they examine artifacts, paintings, documents, and virtual exhibitions. 

Students are invited to work collaboratively to find answers to history’s big questions, and in the process, develop their critical thinking skills and expand their understanding of our collective past. 

Book lessons in two ways:

●  In-Depth Series: Multiple lessons connected by a major theme

●  One-off: A single lesson

Is your school or class interested? Choose a grade band below to see a comprehensive list of topics. Then, complete our booking form and a New-York Historical representative will be in touch to discuss program details and payment options.

Elementary Level Options

Secondary Level Options

Academy of American Democracy

Are you interested in learning more about the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the present-day United States? Our Academy of American Democracy is available both in-person and virtually for your sixth graders. Learn more here.


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