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150 Anniversary Campaign

Please Note: The BHS elevator has been unreliable this week. While we are working to remedy this situation as quickly as possible, if you intend to visit BHS and access the Othmer Library and the upper and lower-level galleries (Personal Correspondents, Gaining Access, What's Up Down There, Mapping Brooklyn) via the elevator, we recommend you call 718-222-4111 in advance to confirm that it is working. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

Select Exhibitions

Gaining Access: The New York City Disability Rights Movement. On view through Oct 2015.
Brooklyn Sewers

Personal Correspondents

Upcoming Programs

Van LeeuwenWhat’s the Scoop? The Story of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Thu, Aug 6, 6:30pm
$5/FREE for BHS & G-W members

Cool off with us and hear the whimsical story behind one of Brooklyn’s most delicious local businesses. Laura O'Neill, Benjamin Van Leeuwen and Peter Van Leeuwen share some of the secrets behind their unique recipes and read from their new book, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Sarah Zorn, food editor for Brooklyn Magazine and author of Brooklyn Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From Coney Island To Brooklyn Heights, will moderate. Samples will be provided!

Reserve your spot here.

Free Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings! Every Sunday at 1pm, enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn's history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite who could use a quick history refresher!


Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week_July 29The photo of the week depicts Brooklyn Historical Society (formerly the Long Island Historical Society) around 1925. The land was purchased in 1868, but the Depression of 1873 stalled building plans until 1878, when enough money was amassed for construction. From December 1877 to February 1878, the Long Island Historical Society held a design competition for the new building, which would be located at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn, New York. George Browne Post was selected as the winner of the contest and his drawings were used as the basis for the construction of the building, which was completed in 1881.

Learn about some of the interesting features of Post's winning design on the BHS Blog...

[Long Island Historical Society, Clinton and Pierrepont Streets], circa 1925, V1974.031.1; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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BHS Gift Shop
Our beautiful new Gift Shop has the perfect gift for nearly any occasion! Whether you're looking for an authentic Brooklyn-made souvenir, a housewarming present for a new Brooklynite, or a Brooklyn-themed onesie for the newest member of the family, the BHS Gift Shop has got you covered!

Stop in any day between noon and 5pm for a truly "Brooklyn" shopping experience. 

Visiting BHS

Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking.
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Museum Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday & major holidays

Gift Shop Hours


Library Hours

Regular hours for Library Research are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5pm
The Othmer Library will be closed to the public Saturday, August 1 - Saturday, August 30. We will reopen on Monday, September 2.


Suggested contribution:
$10 adults; $6 teachers and seniors;
free to members, students with valid school IDs, and children 12 years and under.

Special Projects

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Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations


Green-Wood partnerBHS is proud to be 2015 strategic partners with Green-Wood, one of Brooklyn's great historic sites. Learn about their events and tours at

BLDG92 partnerBrooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG92 and BHS are education partners offering free programs for k-12 students and teachers in the NYC public school system. Find out more about their public programs and events at

Downtown Brooklyn Arts AllianceBHS is proud to be a member of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance (DBAA). DBAA is a coalition of more than 30 cultural groups organized to connect and serve Downtown Brooklyn cultural organizations, to communicate their impact on Downtown Brooklyn and to actively mobilize in the best interests of artist communities. Learn more about DBAA here.

Big Onion Walking ToursBHS regularly welcomes groups from Big Onion Walking Tours to our building. Big Onion Walking Tours has offered innovative and exciting walks in NYC's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods since 1991. All guides hold advanced degrees in American History, Art History, or a related field, and they are often researching and writing theses on topics relevant to their tours. More information and a calendar of public tours can be found on their website: