City Sundays: Muppets Take Manhattan

Sun, June 23rd, 2013 | 2:00 pm


City Sundays: Summer Family Film Series
Select Sundays, June and July, 2 pm
Come escape the summer heat and kick back with a movie at the New-York Historical Society! New York and history fans will enjoy these family friendly flicks, complete with popcorn and shown in the Klingenstein Library, as part of our summer family film series. Then stick around and visit the galleries to see photographs of New York then and now, create a historical baseball dream team, or play a Newsie-for-a-day game!


History of Ice Cream

Thu, July 4th, 2013 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All ages. Free with Museum admission.
I scream, you scream! Come explore the history of this sweet treat in the United States and help us crank up batches of 17th century "icey creams." Families will smell unfamiliar flavors, use nineteenth-century ice tongs, nip and grind a sugarloaf, and handle a "penny lick" cup in addition to hand-cranking and tasting some old-fashioned ice cream.

Circus-In-A-Suitcase With Kevin O'Keefe

Kevin O'Keefe
Sun, June 2nd, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Ages 4 and up. Free with Museum admission

Families will be amazed to see an entire circus emerge from one suitcase! A tent, band, lights, and a boisterous ringmaster and magician will all be joined by the most important performers – the audience! Kids will be engaged and physically involved in the performance in this unique circus program.

Meet the Fledglings!

The Wild Bird Fund
Sat, May 4th, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Recommended for ages 6 - 10
Saturday May 4th, 2 pm

Reading into History Book Wrap: Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Barry Denenberg
Sun, April 14th, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Sunday, April 14, 3 pm

Ages 9 - 12

Explore Lincoln's life and death at this Book Wrap on April 14th, the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, with author Barry Denenberg. We'll have a discussion, Q&A, and see Lincoln-related objects in the museum's collection. Don't forget to get your book signed!

About Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered

Animals Alive! with Mr. Zelenka

Jerry Zelenka
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 1:30 pm

The wonders of nature are a touch away when you are introduced to the world of animals by Jerry Zelenka. While blending excitement and surprise with care and understanding, Mr. Zelenka helps audiences of all ages develop an appreciation for all living things—from the ordinary to the exotic!

Celebrate Earth Day during this hour-long program at the New-York Historical Society. The audience is encouraged to touch and pet a variety of animals, including birds, lizards, tarantulas, alligators and snakes!

March School Vacation Week

Sat, March 23rd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, March 24th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue, March 26th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed, March 27th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu, March 28th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri, March 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat, March 30th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, March 31st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 23-24, 26-31, 2013

Free with Museum admission
Ages 4 and up

Keep the learning going during the March school break with scavenger hunts through the galleries, hands-on art projects, and whole-family games and challenges!

David Grover Sings The Standards

David Grover
Sun, May 5th, 2013 | 12:30 pm


Welcome spring with this fun family concert! Folk singer and children’s musician David Grover will entertain participants, young and old, in this concert of American standards, as well as some of David’s favorite songs for kids.


Free with Museum admission; no separate tickets or reservations are needed. This concert will be held in the large Smith Auditorium.

Please contact for more information or clarification.


You Were There! Lincoln’s Assassination

Barry Denenberg
Sun, April 14th, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Be transported to days and months surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s assassination with author Barry Denenberg as he reads from his book Lincoln Shot! What were the initial reports? Who was abetting John Wilkes Booth? Denenberg’s books use a reportage style to bring the events of April 14, 1865 to life, and make them unfold before young readers’ eyes. Barry Denenberg will be available to sign books after the program.

A Journey with Purpose: Gail Becker, Joshua Miller, and Facing History and Ourselves

Gail Becker
Joshua Miller
Sun, April 7th, 2013 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sunday, April 7, 12:30 pm
Strongly recommended for ages 9 and up

How can we talk about the toughest parts of our history with our children? To mark Yom haShoah this unique intergenerational family program presents the award winning 2012 short film, A Journey with Purpose, which documents three generations of the Becker family on their return to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be joined by the film maker, Gail Becker, and her son Joshua, as well as the organization Facing History and Ourselves.

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