FAQ

What are the hours of operation and admission prices at BHS?
The Brooklyn Historical Society Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and our Museum Store is open every day from noon to 5pm. The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum and Library are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (age 62 and over) and $6 for students (age 12 and over – college students must show proper I.D.). Children under 12 can attend the museum free of charge.

What are the benefits of BHS membership? How Can I Join?
Members of the Brooklyn Historical Society receive numerous privileges, including:

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes.

What are the library hours? Do I need an appointment?
Information about library and archival collections and services is posted on the "Visit the Othmer Library" page of the BHS website.

What is the subject matter of the BHS image collection?
The extensive image collection includes numerous photographs, drawings, and paintings of neighborhoods, streets, and landmarks. The majority of our photographs and images range from the 19th to 20th centuries.

How can I research BHS's image collection?
The library's recently-upgraded image database, which lists 33,000 images, is available for use by prior appointment. For more information, including information on appointments, click here.

Can BHS images be used in publications or reproduced for personal use?
BHS images are available for publication and personal use. Want more information about use of images and copyright and permissions fees?

How can I donate items to the collections?
Click here to for information about donating items to the collections.

How do I arrange a group tour for students or adults?

Guided tours are given to groups of no more than 30 people at a time, and are generally one hour in length. Please call 718-222-4111 x. 228 for more information.

How can I volunteer?
Please contact Kate Ludwig, to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 718-222-4111 ext. 235. If you're interested in volunteering in the library, please e-mail the library.

Directions
We are located at 128 Pierrepont Street, on the corner of Clinton and Pierrepont Street in the historic district of downtown Brooklyn.

By subway: we are minutes away from the 2,3,4,5, M, and R trains.

By bus, North - South: B 38, B52, B25, B26, B41 to Montague/Court Street
East - West: B 67, B65 to Jay Street
From Manhattan: B51 City Hall to Court St. /Cadman Plaza WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY

By car from Manhattan: Take the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza West ramp. Go straight ahead onto Middagh Street. Turn left onto Henry Streer. Turn left onto Pierrepont Street.