Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

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AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years examines the AIDS epidemic from 1980 to 1985 and explores the fear and hysteria that followed the AIDS outbreak. The exhibition highlights the power of fear and the frustration felt by those affected by AIDS as well as the steps taken to find treatment and a cure and provide support. AIDS in New York: The First Five Years tells the story of AIDS through artifacts and photographs that capture the immense grief felt by affected communities; news broadcasts desperate to give any information; advertisements for events organized by grassroots groups demanding attention; and much more.

Learn about the disease in our Science Behind AIDS section and explore the energy in New York City at the beginning of the health crisis through the photographs, audio clips, and life stories in our Sights and Sounds section.

Creative: Tronvig Group