Explore 300 years of New York and American history through the eyes and lives of children of the past! The DiMenna Children's History Museum is a museum-within-a-museum, occupying the New-York Historical Society's entire lower level. It includes character-based pavilions, a the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library, a Whiz Bang Quiz Machine, and interactive exhibits and games. The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages children to identify with the people whose enterprise and creativity changed the course of our history.
From the 17th century to the 21st, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.
Explore wayfinding, a room-sized map, and what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago in these stories about maps.
Free with museum admission. Please check back for information on upcoming story tellers and stories.
Barbara K. Lipman Children's Library, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Celebrate the New-York Historical Society's Grand Reopening with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st New York Regiment and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.
History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century?
Before your Visit
- Ask your children what they think they might see at the New-York Historical Society.
The New-York Historical Society in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers Saturday Academy, a free, seven-week program for students in grades 8–12 that offers courses in American Studies and SAT prep. With no homework or tests, these courses offer fun and interesting information on the bits of history that don’t always find their way into the classroom. Students may take one class or two. All classes are offered twice, at 10-11:30 am, then again at 11:40 am-1 pm.
With some of America's finest artworks and artifacts showcasing New York's history and its impact on our lives today, the New-York Historical Society is a striking and sophisticated setting for events of all kinds. Located across from Central Park in the heart of the vibrant Upper West Side community, we are surrounded by the city's finest hotels, boutiques and tourist attractions.