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Join us in celebrating 

our first 150 Years!

Exhibition Spotlight: In Pursuit of Freedom

In pursuit of Freedom
Portrait (detail) of James Pennington from A Tribute for
the Negro. Wilson Armistead. 1848. BHS Collections.
This major, long-term exhibit explores the lesser-known activists  of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement -- Brooklynites, black and white -- who shaped their community, city, and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn's abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project.

To learn more about the exhibition and partner project, please visit the In Pursuit of Freedom website.

Public Program Spotlight: Eric Foner in Conversation

In connection with our current exhibit of a rare original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner joined BHS Public Historian Julie Golia to discuss the legacy of one of our nation's foundational documents. Enjoy the entire evening's program here.

View our full calendar of upcoming public programs>>

New at Brooklyn Historical Society

Family Programs ImageCome one, come all, both big and small! Join us the first and second Saturdays of each month for family programs full of singing, crafts, movement, and loads of creativity.

Don't miss Handmade History and Sing Back, Brooklyn! with Lloyd H. Miller.

Othmer LibraryThe Othmer Library is now open for extended hours on Saturdays, from 1pm -5pm.  Make an appointment or stop by to browse our collections of books, periodicals, newspapers, maps and atlases, and a searchable database of our digitized images and oral histories.

Learn more about our library and archives here>>

Brooklyn Bridge Park Just added to Emma, our "Catablog" of archives, manuscripts and special collctions: a monograph detailing the first three years of the journey to create Brooklyn Bridge Park, by Scott M. Hand and Otis Pratt Pearsall, two of the original park advocates. Find the full monograph here on Emma.

[View of of park deck next to Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton Ferry Landing], ca.1875, v1989.18.15;DUMBO, Brooklyn waterfront photographs and slides, V1989.18;Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Teacher workshop at BHS
Photo by Willie Davis
Your investment in the only cultural institution dedicated to Brooklyn’s vibrant history ensures that every day we can fulfill our long-standing commitment to making history relevant and meaningful through education programs, the preservation of our magnificent collection, and exhibitions that contextualize Brooklyn history.

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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.
Map & Directions>>

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Museum Hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Closed Monday, Tuesday & major holidays

Gift Shop Hours

Monday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Library Hours 

Wednesday- Saturday, 1-5pm


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

Don’t miss a favorite speaker, or a fabulous evening of film, food, or fun.

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Green-Wood partnerBHS is proud to be 2014 programming partners with Green-Wood, one of Brooklyn's great historic sites. Learn about their events and tours at www.green-wood.com.

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: www.bigonion.com.