Center for Women's History

Explore women's history through exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and immersive multimedia.

About the center

Our new Center for Women’s History—the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum—reveals the untold stories of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the new Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture exercised power and effected change before they could even access the ballot box. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant array of talks and programs, enriching the cultural landscape of New York City and ushering in a new era of historical discovery.


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"Miss Rose Bower of North Dakota" Woman playing trumpet, wearing "Votes for Women" sash. Gelatin Silver Photograph, New-York Historical Society.

Major funding for the Center for Women's History programs provided by

Joyce B. Cowin
Diane and Adam E. Max
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Jean Margo Reid
The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton
Eric J. & Daria L. Wallach
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Deutsche Bank
Claudine and Fred Bacher
James Basker and Angela Vallot
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
Hogan Lovells
The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation

Public funding for the Center for Women’s History
provided by

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
in partnership with the City Council

Empire State Development and I LOVE NEW YORK
under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

The Center offers families opportunities to connect with America’s past through the eyes and lives of women. Kids and their grown-ups can meet both known and new historical figures through our Living History Days, and dig into stories through Sunday Story Time.

All programs are free with Museum Admission

Living History Days

Living History: Votes for Women!
Saturday and Sunday, December 16-17
Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for all ages

Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Hotbed with those who led the crusade for women’s rights 100 years ago. Meet suffragists who won the vote in New York in November 1917—three years before the 19th Amendment! Portrayed by Living Historians, the suffragists share stories their contributions to the battle for the ballot. Ask about their early 20th-century wardrobe and special accessories, learn how they marched in parades, and make a suffrage cockade!

Check out our Family Calendar to discover each Centennial Saturday’s special theme and find your next chance to march for the vote!

Underwood and Underwood, Suffrage Rally “Wake Up America” Demonstration, April 19, 1917, New-York Historical Society.

Support for Sunday Story Time provided by Macy's.

Creative: Tronvig Group