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150 Anniversary Campaign

Select Exhibitions

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

Personal Correspondents

Upcoming Programs

Announcing our fall public programs lineup!

Fall 2015 Programs Teaser
Click HERE to browse our upcoming programs.

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!

*Please note that there will no "This is Brooklyn" tour on Sunday, September 20th.*


Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week_Aug 26The photo of the week is a real treat! It comes from the Harry Kalmus photographs collection, which features over 13,000 photographs taken by Kalmus from 1938-1987. This particular image captures a lovely warm-weather moment, with a group of children lined up along the curb with ice cream in hand, and one child carefully deciding from the list of options pictured on a Good Humor truck.

Want to learn more about the photographer, Harry Kalmus? Check out the BHS Blog...

[Untitled.], ca. 1950, v1991.11.17.4; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs, ARC.046; 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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                        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: