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.

Reading Into History Book Club: The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Philip Hoose

Speaker: 
Phillip Hoose
Sun, May 4th, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In honor of Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown, Part II of our tripartite series Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock, author Phillip Hoose will join the book club to discuss the epic, 200+ year battle to save the illusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker. After discussion, we'll visit the galleries to see Audubon's works and then Mr. Hoose will sign books. Do not miss your chance to discuss the history of wildlife conservation and meet this multi-award-winning author!

Audubon Bird Month at N-YHS

Sat, May 3rd, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 4th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 10th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 11th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 17th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 18th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 24th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 25th, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Weekends, May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Bird Paper Planes
Saturdays 1-3 pm
Free with Museum admission; all ages
Fold your own paper bird-plane and fly it at our target-wall of clouds. Which bird-plane will you choose: a sparrow, cardinal or parrot? Believe it or not, these birds can all be spotted locally! This program is inspired by Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown.

Meet the Fledglings with the Wild Bird Fund

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Sat, May 17th, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For ages 5+

Tickets are the cost of museum admission plus $5 per child (non-member child tickets are $11, member child tickets $5). Adults do not pay an additional fee. Online ticket sales will end at 12 pm on 5/17, after which time any remaining tickets will be available for purchase in person at the museum.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: New York City Birds!

Sun, March 23rd, 2014 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

 

Learn all about New York City’s own birds, including Pale Male the Red-Tailed hawk and the baby Blue Jays of 87th Street. Then head to Audubon’s Aviary to see colorful and innovative depictions of birds. Search for hawks, blue jays, and many other kinds of American birds – don’t forget to listen to their bird songs.

The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story by Jeanette Winter
My Baby Blue Jays by John Berendt

 

Bird Tales with Storyteller Ron Sopyla

Sat, March 22nd, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission.

How did the chickadee get its song? Why is the owl wise? Hear magical tales of birds, songs, and plumage, and meet the wise, wicked, and gullible birds in these folk tales from around the world. Master storyteller Ron Sopyla will delight children with these many characters. After hearing the stories, visit Audubon’s Aviary and find the very same birds in Audubon’s watercolors!

Central Park Nature Walk

Speaker: 
Leslie Day
Trudy Smoke
Sat, May 10th, 2014 | 9:00 am

Note: This event is sold out.

 

EVENT DETAILS

A migrating hub to hundreds of species of birds and home to over 100 types of trees, Central Park’s wooded Ramble is a superb place to enjoy New York’s natural treasures. Journey through the park and learn about its diverse ecosystems. Presented in conjunction with Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock).

Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Roberta Olson
Mon, April 7th, 2014 | 11:00 am

Note: This program is sold out

 

EVENT DETAILS

Join curator Roberta Olson for an exploration of one of the most productive periods of John James Audubon’s career, during which Audubon encountered new species of water birds in the Southeastern United States and Labrador.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Roberta Olson
Mon, March 31st, 2014 | 11:00 am

Note: This event is sold out.

 

EVENT DETAILS

Join curator Roberta Olson for an exploration of one of the most productive periods of John James Audubon’s career, during which Audubon encountered new species of water birds in the Southeastern United States and Labrador.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: John James Audubon and Nature

Sat, April 5th, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Welcome!
The New-York Historical Society invites you to participate in educational activities for families in Spanish. Come with your children ages four to ten to our educational programs about the history and art of New York. In the galleries we will chat about different themes, and children will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves making drawings with watercolors and pastels, collages, and sculptures. Classes include art materials.

John James Audubon: National Treasures—Summer Swans A-swimming for The Birds of America (1827–38)

Jul 9 2013 - Oct 13 2013

This installation in our Audubon Niche features a rotating selection of watercolors from John James Audubon's The Birds of America. The current installation includes the Trumpeter Swan and Tundra Swan. 

John James Audubon (1785–1851), Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Havell pl. 411, 1838. Watercolor, graphite, oil, black ink, black chalk, and white gouache? with touches of pastel and glazing on paper, laid on card. Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.411

Swans are the largest members of the waterfowl family Anatidae (genus Cygnus) and among the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the Trumpeter Swan, can reach a length of over 60 inches and weigh over 33 pounds. Their wingspans can almost reach ten feet. No wonder that they presented a real challenge to ornithological illustrators. Compared to closely related geese, they are much larger and have proportionally larger feet and necks. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier.

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