Batteries Not Included: Toys and Trains at the New-York Historical Society

Nov 26 2013 - Jan 5 2014

To celebrate the holiday season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting an installation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century toys from the permanent collection. The display will include a playful selection of cast iron, tin, and carved wooden toys and banks made between 1850 and 1945. Among them will be still and mechanical banks, wind-up, pull, and clockwork toys, toy soldiers, and an assortment of trains, all topped with a Statue of Liberty still bank made between 1885 and 1920.

Pull toy, Standing dog, 1860-1890, painted iron and tin. New-York Historical Society, INV.4568

Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: Games in the Museum

Sat, December 7th, 2013 | 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.

Presidents in Residence: February School Vacation Week

Sat, February 15th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 16th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon, February 17th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue, February 18th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed, February 19th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu, February 20th, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri, February 21st, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, February 22nd, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 23rd, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 15 – Sunday February 23

Presidential Scavenger Hunt, 10 am–6 pm, daily.

Abraham Lincoln Family Quiz, 2 pm, daily.

Vote for Me! Election Button Making, 1–3 pm, daily.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It?

Every day!

Fri, November 23rd, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, November 24th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, November 25th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, December 1st, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, December 2nd, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, December 8th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, December 9th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, December 15th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, December 16th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, December 22nd, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, December 23rd, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed, December 26th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu, December 27th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri, December 28th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, December 29th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, December 30th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue, January 1st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, January 5th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, January 6th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, January 12th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, January 13th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, January 19th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, January 20th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, January 26th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, January 27th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, February 2nd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 3rd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, February 9th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 10th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, February 16th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 17th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, February 23rd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, February 24th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, March 2nd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, March 3rd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, March 9th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, March 10th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, March 16th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, March 17th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, March 23rd, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, March 24th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, March 30th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, March 31st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, April 6th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, April 7th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, April 13th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, April 14th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, April 20th, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Every day!

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

Nov 23 2012 - Sep 8 2013

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, will be on view this holiday season at the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection.

Marklin Elevated Station with accessories, ca. 1900. From the Collection of Jerry and Nina Greene.

Among the unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted toys will be the only existing first model elevated station. Designed by Märklin, ca. 1895, it is known as the Rolls-Royce of toy train manufacturers and will be displayed in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, near the 77th Street entrance. In New-York Historical’s Luce Center, the installation will include Märklin’s largest and most elaborate train station, ca. 1904; Marklin’s only known extant post office, ca. 1895; a Märklin girder bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, ca.

Classic Toys

Learn about the history of classic games and pick up a few tricks along the way! There will be two workshops, one starting at 12:30 pm and one at 3:30 pm.

Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Event details

Have you ever wondered why kids play a game with sticks and a ball? Or how about those funny looking things we call “Jacks?” Learn about the history of these classic games and pick up a few tricks along the way!

There will be two workshops, one starting at 12:30 pm and one at 3:30 pm.

Location

Lower Level Classroom, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

The Luce Center

Ongoing

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the fourth floor provides public access to nearly 40,000 objects from the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection. In the Luce Center, visitors can see art and artifacts spanning four centuries, ranging from masterworks of American painting, to the nation’s premiere collection of Tiffany lamps, to historical touchstones such as the draft wheel that played a role in one of the worst urban riots in United States history. 

The Luce Center houses collections formerly kept in offsite storage. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at a working museum collection. In addition to a rich array of objects, small focus exhibitions highlight specific strengths of the collection and offer a historical context for current cultural, economic, political and social issues. Free handheld guides and cell phone tours allow visitors to hear the stories behind the objects on view.

The Games We Played: American Board and Table Games from the Liman Collection Gift

Displayed in ongoing, four-month rotations

The Games We Played presents a rotating selection of board and table games from the Liman Collection, an extraordinary collection of more than 500 examples donated to New-York Historical by Ellen Liman in 2000. These games, which entertained families from the 1840s to the 1920s, offer a fascinating window on the values, beliefs and aspirations of middle-class Americans. During the period, families embraced leisure pursuits in the home and encouraged their children to play games that would develop skills and provide moral instruction. At the same time, advances in chromolithography allowed board game manufacturers, like New York City-based McLoughlin Brothers, to produce sumptuous, eye-catching games at affordable prices.

McLoughlin Bros., Game of District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded, 1886. Cardboard, wood, lead. The New-York Historical Society, The Liman Collection, 2000.335

Window Display for Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York–Presbyterian

Ongoing

At the invitation of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital the New-York Historical Society will present a display in the Hospital lobby that will welcome families to the institution.

Noah's ark, 1850-1900. Wood, paint. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy, 1956.101

At the invitation of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital the New-York Historical Society will present a display in the Hospital lobby that will welcome families to the institution. This lively installation will feature a miniaturized façade of New-York Historical's building, leading into an interior populated with reproductions of some of its great treasures, including portraits of children and toys, in particular New-York Historical's beloved nineteenth-century Noah's ark.

Historical Artifacts >

Teaser: 

Historical Relics and Souvenirs

The New-York Historical Society’s collection of more than 300 relics includes eyewitness artifacts linked to key moments in American history, such as fragments of the gilded statue of George III torn from its pedestal on Bowling Green by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776; a draft wheel used during the Civil War in the draft lottery held on July 13, 1863—an event that touched off the worst urban riots in American history—and the wooden barrel used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in

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