The New-York Historical Society offers a variety of admission options and exceptional group tours, for any group of 10 or more adults. With groundbreaking special exhibitions, and a preeminent permanent collection, we are positive your experience will be new, exciting, and educational.
60-minute Docent-led Tours for private groups are back!
Private Guided Tour reservations include:
- Personalized Tour for your private group.
- 10 percent off coupon at the NYHistory Store.
- Access to watch New York Story and our Center for Women's History film We Rise.
- Admission to all current exhibitions during Museum hours.
- Catering and dining options for lunches and dinners and available upon request.
Looking for something beyond the ordinary? Exclusive curator-led and before and after-hour tour options available. To learn more, please call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email Group.Tours@nyhistory.org
As part of New York City’s Key to NYC program, all visitors to New York City museums age 12 and over are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. For more details, go to our FAQ page.
To book a tour now or to learn more, call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email Group.Tours@nyhistory.org
Group Tour Pricing
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Special Exhibition Tours
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Through January 23, 2022
The New-York Historical Society honors the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG)—the trailblazing Supreme Court justice and cultural icon—with a special exhibition and docent-led guided tour, based on the popular Tumblr and bestselling book of the same name. A traveling exhibition organized by the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes an expansive and engaging look at the justice’s life and work, highlighting her ceaseless efforts to protect civil rights and foster equal opportunity for all Americans.
Aristotle: From Antiquity to the Modern Era
Through January 2, 2022
*Limit of 10 people per tour
Aristotle is arguably the single most important philosopher in the western tradition. For centuries, his works dominated inquiry into science, logic, metaphysics, ethics, and politics. This intimate tour highlights rare books and manuscripts—many of which have never been on view before—from the collection of Martin J. Gross, with a focus on the early modern period in Europe (1500-1800).
Scenes of New York City: The Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection
October 22, 2021 - February 27, 2022
A major exhibition to mark the landmark promised gift from philanthropists and art collectors Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City features works by artists Marc Chagall, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol, among others. Join us for a celebration of views of New York City seen through a variety of works on display including paintings, works on paper in various media, and sculpture by artists not previously represented in New-York Historical Society’s collections.
"Turn Every Page": Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive
October 24, 2021 – ongoing
Explore the first public exhibition drawn from the archive of the author whose award-winning works on Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson are regarded as masterpieces of modern biography and history. "Turn Every Page": Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive includes never-before-seen highlights from the archive—which New-York Historical acquired in 2019—that provide an intimate view of how Caro started his career and how he worked as a reporter.
Tour: Art for Change: The Artist & Homeless Collaborative
December 3, 2021 – April 3, 2022
Homelessness is a more urgent crisis than ever before, as New Yorkers look to stabilize their communities and support those in need through efforts large and small. Art for Change: The Artist & Homeless Collaborative examines the history of modern homelessness in New York City and the response of artists and activists in the 1980s and '90s.
Meet the Presidents
Step into presidential history with a docent-led tour of our expansive exhibition that showcases a detailed re-creation of the Oval Office, complete with audio excerpts of presidential musings and a Resolute desk you can sit behind and snap a photo. Then, experience the Meet the Presidents Gallery and trace the evolution of the executive branch from George Washington to the present-day through unique artwork and objects, like the actual Bible used during Washington's inauguration.
Permanent Exhibition Tours
Objects Tell Stories: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
Explore our world-renowned permanent collection on our one-of-a-kind highlights tour. Our specially trained docents tell the story of New York and American history by leading you through the Museum’s Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. Themed displays in the North Gallery present a variety of topics—such as slavery, war, infrastructure, childhood, recreation, and 9/11—offering unexpected and surprising perspectives on collection highlights.
Discover George Washington’s camp cot from Valley Forge; the preparatory model for Alison Saar’s imposing statue Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial; a Venetian blind retrieved from St. Paul’s Churchyard in the days after September 11, 2001; stained glass dating back to 1650 from the time of New Amsterdam; a portrait of Seneca Chief Sagoyewatha; the massive painting Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War, 1862; a woman’s safety bicycle, constructed in 1900 which made riding easier in long skirts; and the only full-size model of Lincoln’s head, designed by Daniel Chester French for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Women of the Collection: The Fight for Equality in America
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.
Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Style, Beauty, and Design
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.
Terms and Conditions:
- Purchasers will receive confirmation at the time of booking.
- All Tour guests are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth the entire time they are inside the Museum.
- All Tour guests must show proof of vaccination with photo ID.
- Tour guests must adhere to 6 feet social distancing from all N-YHS staff members, this includes maintaining social distancing from their tour guide at all times.
- All Tour guests must adhere to bag checks.
- Coat check will not be available. All group members must carry all belongings brought into the Museum. Luggage, carry-on bags, and oversize backpacks are not allowed in the Museum.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg teaching at Columbia Law School, 1972. Courtesy of Columbia Law School.
Aristotle. Opera omnia (Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1495-1498, vol. 1, "Posterior Analytics."). Courtesy of Martin J. Gross
William James Glackens (1870–1938). Early Spring, Washington Square, ca. 1910
Oil on canvas. Gift of the Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection, Scenes of New York City, 2020.35.2
Dima Gavrysh / Bloomberg via Getty Images
John Ahearn (born 1951), Rigoberto Torres (born 1960). Ernestine and Three Friends, ca. 1992. Acrylic on plaster. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 2016.63a-d