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Field Trips
Grades K through 2



Special Exhibition Programs

Playing in the Past
October 30, 2015–February 28, 2016
This winter, the New-York Historical Society will be transformed by an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys from the Jerni Collection. Students will learn about the lives of children long ago and the history of toys and play through a hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of this exciting exhibition. All aboard!

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems
March 18, 2016–September 25, 2016
Bring your students on an interactive tour of the work of Mo Willems, author of the beloved children’s book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Students will learn about the creative process and how even the simplest drawings can convey a story. A read aloud is included in every tour.


Permanent Collection Programs

A Day at the Museum
Welcome to the New-York Historical Society! Explore the galleries to learn the fundamentals of a museum visit and the different jobs people have in the museum community. Students study paintings and objects from long ago and begin to understand the meaning of history and the purpose of a museum.

Learning History with Paintings
Examine, describe, and imagine life in the past by looking at beautiful paintings; and learn how to interpret the stories these works of art tell.

New York: Then and Now
Find clues about how life was different in the past through close observation of paintings and objects. Compare and contrast then and now to trace how New York became the city it is today.


DiMenna Children’s History Museum

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.


To download a PDF of these programs, click here. If you have any questions, please contact us at 212-485-9293

Creative: Tronvig Group