Field Trips
Grades 3 through 5


Playing in the Past: Toys and Trains
November 21, 2014 - February 22, 2015
All aboard! This holiday season, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed with an enchanting exhibit Holiday Trains: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection. Students will be immersed in the world of play as they visit this dynamic display, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. They will learn about the lives and playthings of children long ago through hands-on exploration and inquiry-based gallery activities.

Audubon’s Aviary: Part III of the Complete Flock
March 6–May 10, 2015
Tour John James Audubon’s watercolors of the birds of North America and learn how he became the “patron saint” of the naturalist movement in the U.S. Study Audubon’s techniques to discover what made his work both aesthetically beautiful and scientifically significant.

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
September 26, 2014–April 19, 2015
What does it mean to be an American? Discover how the experiences of Chinese people in the U.S. over 200 years shaped how we answer this question today. The exhibition explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States, the Chinese Exclusion Act and its consequences, and the many contributions Chinese people have made to American culture and society.

The Long Road to Equality
January 16, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Introduce your students to 200 years of African American heroes who fought for civil rights, from the Civil War to the 1960s. The tour will culminate in an exploration of Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, where students will learn about the historic march and its impact on the creation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory voter registration practices in the South.


History Detectives
Students learn to work like historians by engaging in close examination of artifacts. Then they explore the gallery for clues to place their objects in the proper historical context, learning content and building their vocabulary through a process of discovery.

Four Seasons/Four Centuries
This four-program series covers 400 years of history and introduces inquiry-based learning through objects, works of art, and documents. Sessions focus on major themes from the social studies curriculum:

  • Cornelia’s World: Life in Colonial New York
  • New York, New Nation: Building a New Country
  • Abolitionists in Action: The Fight to End Slavery
  • Newsie New York: The Industrial Revolution

Programs can be booked individually or as a series



Life in New Amsterdam
Learn about the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, and the lives of Native Americans and enslaved people. 

The American Revolution in New York
American Revolution in New York through paintings, primary sources, and artifacts.

Slavery in New York
Understand the experiences of enslaved people and the essential roles they played in the development of New York under Dutch, British, and American rule.

New York City: Then and Now
Explore the evolution of our city, comparing and contrasting how daily life has changed across the centuries.


New York and the Civil War
Analyze the debates that raged in New York over slavery, states’ rights, and the rights of citizens; and learn about the experiences of soldiers.

From robber barons to factory workers, get to know the Gilded Age New Yorkers who transformed the city into a manufacturing capital.


Learning History through Paintings
Through February 8, 2015
Examine, describe, and imagine life in the past by looking at beautiful portraits, landscapes, and cityscapes, and learn how to interpret the stories these works of art tell.

Objects Tell Stories
Learn to think and work the way historians do: analyzing objects from the past to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

Being a Historian
Experience the kind of work that historians do, from examining an artifact to analyzing a painting to draw conclusions about the past.

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