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Since 1863

Brooklyn Historical Society makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, meaningful, and relevant today. While our sites are closed, we invite you to take advantage of our many virtual offerings. See some below.

Closed for now

  • BHS DUMBO Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Closed
  • BHS Pierrepont Gift Shop Closed
  • Othmer Library Closed
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Our doors are closed, but Brooklyn's history never stops.

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff and to support the City’s effort to promote social distancing, BHS has suspended all public hours and events until further notice.

While both our main location on Pierrepont Street and BHS DUMBO are closed to the public, and all evening public programs, school programs, and family programs are cancelled, we are working to bring you stories from Brooklyn's history to enjoy at home through past programs, blog posts, online exhibitions, podcasts, and more. Now more than ever BHS needs your support. Please consider donating today.

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Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1901; Early Brooklyn and Long island photograph collection, V1972.1.1278, Brooklyn Historical Society