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The Center for Brooklyn History is now providing grab and go lobby service for Brooklyn Public Library materials. See below for details. CBH is also offering digital exhibitions, archives and events featuring Brooklyn's vibrant history.

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Learn more about grab and go lobby service at CBH here.

Visit the Center for Brooklyn History at our historic landmarked building on Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, home to the Othmer Library. Use the map below to plan your visit. For detailed directions, click here.

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Open Hours

  • CBH Pierrepont Lobby Service
    • Monday to Friday   10 am - 4 pm

  • bhs-location-pierrepont-icon CBH Collections
    • CBH Pierrepont

      Monday to Sunday   Closed

  • CBH Pierrepont Gift Shop
    • Gift Shop Hours

      Monday to Sunday   Closed

  • Othmer Library
    • Monday to Sunday   Closed

Plan Ahead

Visit the Library

The Othmer Library Reading Room is currently closed. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021. Until then, please get in touch through the information below.

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The Center for Brooklyn History is ADA accessible.

128 Pierrepont Street building

Wheelchair Access
Entrance:  The accessible entrance is adjacent to the main entrance at 128 Pierrepont Street.
Galleries:  All levels of the museum are accessible by elevator.
Restrooms:  Accessible restrooms are located on the lower level. Brooklyn Historical Society offers a visual description of the building for people who are blind or partially sighted through New York Beyond Sight.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at 128 Pierrepont Street.

Visitor Policies

Visitors are welcome to take photographs of the building, exhibitions, and objects except where otherwise noted. Use of flash, monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks is not permitted.

Eating and Drinking
Eating and drinking is not allowed in any of the galleries. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you for smoking outside at a reasonable distance from the building.

Mobile Devices
While we encourage the use of mobile devices to access information about the collections, please do not place or receive phone calls in the galleries or library.

Luggage and Oversized Bags
At our main site on Pierrepont Street, please store luggage and oversize bags in the free lockers on the first floor.

Sketching and Note-Taking
Please feel free to be creative and take notes. We ask that you use pencils only. Should you need one, please ask at the front desk.