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
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 will offer families opportunities to connect with America’s past through the eyes and lives of women. Kids and their grown-ups will 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
Recommended for all ages

Centennial Saturdays and Sundays: March with Suffragists!

Sundays, July 9 and 23, and Saturdays, August 5, 12, and 26, 2017, 11 am  - 4 pm

In honor of our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches, we’re commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s official entry into the First World War by bringing New York in 1917 to life! Every Saturday and select Sundays, stop by the Museum to meet different personalities portrayed by Living Historians from the home- and warfronts of the United States a century ago. Each week is different—you might discover the uniforms of army doughboys or run into a famous leader!

On select days, stand alongside the women who won the vote in New York three years before the 19th Amendment was passed. Portrayed by Living Historians, suffragists will teach you how they each fought for women’s rights. Examine their early 20th-century wardrobe, listen to stories about their rallies, and line up for their next suffrage march!

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