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ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sunday, November 30th "This is Brooklyn" tour has been cancelled.

What's Happening at BHS

Family Programs at BHS

Brooklyn Bridge Park signageBrooklyn Waterfront History
In partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), BHS has created a series of historical markers throughout the park with an accompanying website to tell the rich history of the park as a site of bustling commerce, a refuge for immigrants, and much more. Explore the site here.

CBBGCrossing Borders, Bridging Generations

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) is an oral history project and public programming series which builds upon BHS's extensive oral history collections, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn. Explore CBBG's website to learn more about the project, read articles about mixed heritage, listen to already recorded oral histories, and join the community!

New Exhibitions
We The People
We The People: The Citizens of NYCHA in Photos + Words

Wonder John Bhatia
Wonder: First Encounters with Green-Wood

Up Next 

Ramblin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town with Nora GuthrieWoody Guthrie

Mon, Dec 1, 6:30pm
$10 General Admission/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
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Although Woody Guthrie hails from Okemah, OK, his travels took him right across the country: from California to the New York Island! Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter and President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc., provides a glimpse into the many places Guthrie called home through a multi-media presentation that uses archival photographs, historic audio, and rare film footage to recreate his life in 1940s through 1960's New York City.

Photo courtesy of Woody

Learn more on our Public Programs Calendar.

This is BrooklynFree Weekend Tours: This is Brooklyn
Join us to learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York's great landmark buildings! Every other 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!

Our full fall schedule includes:                                         
ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sunday, November 30th "This is Brooklyn" tour has been cancelled.
Sunday, December 14     
Sunday, December 28                                        

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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

*PLEASE NOTE: The Othmer Library will be closed to the public on the following dates:


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

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: