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Please note: in observance of Independence Day,
BHS will be closed to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

Select Exhibitions

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

Personal Correspondents

Upcoming Programs

FirefightBook Talk: Ginger Adams Otis, Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest
Tue, Jul 7, 6:30pm
$5/FREE for BHS & G-W members

In 1919, Wesley Williams became the third black male to join the ranks of New York’s Bravest. Despite severe discrimination he rose to Battalion Chief. Almost a century later, the FDNY remains predominately white. NY Daily News reporter Ginger Adams Otis is joined by members of the Vulcan Society, an organization of black firefighters, to talk about the ongoing struggle to diversify the FDNY.

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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 1There’s nothing quite like a beach day at Coney Island. The photo of the week was taken in July 1958, but in some ways it doesn’t look much different than a Saturday scene today—crowds, families, umbrellas, sprawled all along the coast line. This year, Coney Island is open one week longer (until September 13), so there’s even more time to take full advantage of a Brooklyn summer.

In the mid-19th century, Coney Island was a seaside getaway for the upper middle class. By the turn of the century, Coney Island was the most popular amusement park in the world, thanks in part to popular attractions and accessibility. Coney Island has changed and evolved over time, but it still remains an extremely popular destination. According to NYC Parks, there were roughly 11,453,890 visitors to Coney Island last summer.

Want to learn more about the history of Coney Island using BHS' resources? Find out how on the BHS Blog...

[View of beach at Coney Island], 1958, V1974.4.528; John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; 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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BHS will be closed to the public on Saturday, July 4th.
We will have regular hours on Friday, July 3rd, and Sunday, July 5th.

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 on Saturday, July 4th.
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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                        Brooklyn Waterfront History              

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: