We connect the past to the present every day.
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights with a second location in DUMBO, BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement, and community outreach. Our mission statement says it all: Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.
Learn about the rich history and the dynamic team that makes up Brooklyn Historical Society today.
BHS was founded in 1863 as the Long Island Historical Society during a time of tumultuous change.