Field Trips
Grades K through 2

Field Trips

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 within the museum community. Students view paintings and objects from long ago and begin to understand the meaning of history and the purpose of a museum.

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.

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 New York then and now to trace how the city became what it is today.

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.


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.

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Creative: Tronvig Group