Welcome back! Our free, outdoor exhibition, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine, is now open. Reserve your timed-entry ticket and learn more. The Museum remains temporarily closed indoors. Check our Visit page for updates.

New-York Historical Reopening Protocols and Procedures


When does New-York Historical reopen?

New-York Historical's free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine is open now in our rear courtyard. Pending government approval, the Library and Museum reopens indoors on September 11 with safety protocols in place for visitors and staff. The Museum's hours will be: 

Monday – Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm (age 65+ and immunocompromised only)   
11 am – 8 pm (6 pm – 8 pm is pay-as-you-wish admission) 
Saturday – Sunday: 
11 am – 5 pm

Visits to the Library will be by appointment only during the hours below—details to be announced soon.
Thursday and Friday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

What exhibitions are on view when the Museum reopens indoors?

New-York Historical had just opened a full slate of exhibitions when the lockdown started. All of those exhibitions resume when we reopen: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, Women March, Meet the Presidents, The People Count: The Census in the Making of America, Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic, In Profile: A Look at Silhouettes, and the special installation Life Cut Short: Hamilton’s Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry. Permanent exhibitions like the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps, the North Gallery, and the Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery are also on display. The DiMenna Children's History Museum will remain temporarily closed to visitors. The new, free outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine is open in the rear courtyard. 

What are the new cleaning protocols in the building?

The entire building will be decontaminated and disinfected with museum-appropriate cleaning materials prior to reopening, and after opening in accordance with best practices. Hand sanitizers are available throughout the building. Maintenance staff performs enhanced cleaning throughout the day.

Will there be health screenings for visitors and staff?

All staff are screened regarding their health and subject to a temperature check daily prior to entering the building. Visitors are also subject to a temperature check. Any staff member who has any COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive, or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive within the past 14 days is required to stay home and seek medical assistance. Visitors are advised by posted signage not to enter the building if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive within the past 14 days. We reserve the right to refuse entry to any visitor with a 100.4+ temperature.

What are the safety protocols for visitors?

Face coverings are required for all employees and visitors older than age 2 inside our building and in our courtyard. Face coverings are available, without charge, to anyone requesting them. Security personnel wear additional PPE, including face shields and gloves to allow for safe and secure inspection of bags brought by visitors. The museum has implemented a no-touch or low-touch visitor experience. A free, disposable stylus will be offered at Admissions so visitors can interact with touchscreens. 

An inherent risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) exists in any public place where people are present. People visiting the New-York Historical Society do so at their own risk.  

What if I'm unable to wear a face mask?

There is a limited number of face shields available for those who are medically unable to wear masks.

What happens if a visitor refuses to wear a face mask or shield or comply with safety guidelines?

We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who declines to wear a face mask or shield, or comply with guidelines.

Do you have new admissions procedures?

Advance and timed-entry admissions for visitors is strongly suggested, as well as cashless payments to the extent permitted by law. (Details to be announced soon.)

I’m a New-York Historical Member. Do you offer special hours for Members? Do I still need a timed-entry entry ticket?

Yes, we offer special hours for Members on Friday from 10 – 11 am. Since capacity is limited, we strongly recommend that Members book their tickets in advance, both on Members-only and regular days. Thank you for your support, and for helping us to create a safe exhibition space.

Will you have special hours for senior citizens or people with health issues?

Thursdays from 11 am – 5 pm are reserved only for individuals over 65 and individuals who are immunocompromised. 

Will you enforce social distancing?

Social distancing is required and enforced; parties may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times. Signage has been placed throughout the building—upon approaching the entrance, in each of the galleries, and in public and office spaces—reminding people to maintain social distancing (floor decals will be placed to facilitate), to cough or sneeze in the crook of their elbows, to leave the building if they are not feeling well, and to use hand sanitizer canisters located throughout the building. Access to spaces, including specific galleries and the elevator, is limited to help facilitate social distancing.

Will restrooms be available?

Yes, all of our regular restrooms are open and sanitized on an enhanced schedule. There are portable restrooms in our rear courtyard for Hope Wanted exhibition visitors.

What happens if there’s a case of COVID-19 connected to the Museum?

In the event there’s a confirmed case of COVID-19 at New-York Historical, immediate steps will be taken to disinfect the affected area and notification will be made to potentially exposed staff members.

Will all the Museum facilities be open?

During our initial reopening period, some spaces may be closed. Coat check, for instance, is not available. The DiMenna Children's History Museum remains temporarily closed to visitors. Film screenings are also on hold, and our Robert H. Smith Auditorium will reopen when our onsite public programming resumes, with social distancing protocols in place.

Will the NYHistory Store be open?

Yes, the NYHistory Store will be open with enhanced cleaning protocols in place. You can also continue to shop at the online store.

Will there be food available?

Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar is open to visitors and staff, offering packaged food service. The new hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 8 am–5 pm. Our restaurant, Storico, is closed until further notice.

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