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BHS DUMBO tour registration is now open for April - June 2018! Come check out our new Waterfront exhibit at 55 Water Street in Empire Stores. Limited number of free tours available for NYC public school groups at BHS DUMBO.

Take advantage of FREE tours for NYC public schools at BLDG 92 all school year.

Please note: Our tour sites at BHS Pierrepont and BLDG 92 are almost fully booked through April 2018, so please look further out on our calendar for tour availabilities, especially if you would like to bring multiple classes to these locations.

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Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
60-minute tours Tuesday—Friday at 10:30am and 11:45am (and 1:00pm on Tuesdays)

Colonial Brooklyn Grades 2-5

Discover colonial-era Brooklyn communities from the Lenape to the Dutch, English, and Africans. Using landscape paintings and object replicas, students embark on a hands-on exploration of daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Download free curriculum

Prospect Park: Brooklyn Communities, Then & Now Grades 2-5

Prospect Park has been a focal point for community gatherings over its 150-year history; its evolution mirrors the transformations of Brooklyn in that time. Using Prospect Park and Brooklyn neighborhoods as case studies, students will explore the elements of New York City community, ask, “How and why do communities change over time?,” and examine the differences between rural, suburban, and urban communities.

Brooklyn Abolitionists/ In Pursuit of Freedom Grades 4-12

Investigate activists who fought for the abolition of slavery and the expansion of civil rights in 19th century Brooklyn. Learn about the struggles and triumphs of extraordinary everyday Brooklynites through photographs, personal stories, and anti-slavery propaganda. Visit the project website for more information, including free curriculum.

Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights Grades 2-12

In this tour, students discover the social context in which Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball’s color line in 1947 through objects, journals, and letters. They will also have an opportunity to explore the variety of ways politics and sports have mixed in Brooklyn’s past.

Maps! Grades 2-12

Hone geography and map-reading skills using historical and contemporary maps. Easily differentiated, this program will exposes students to maps as a valuable historical resource, whether as an introduction to its components – compass rose, cardinal directions, keys, and scale – or for content-rich investigation of New York’s topography using the Revolutionary-era Ratzer Map. Supplement learning with our free curricula on the Ratzer Map.

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO at Empire Stores
55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
60-minute school programs Fridays at 10:30 am and 11:45 am (May and June 2018)

Brooklyn's Waterfront Grades 2-7

This new program will be a hands-on exploration of Brooklyn's Waterfront history, including the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, warehouse goods and workers, ferryboats, enslaved laborers, women and work during WWII, landfill, and oysters. Students will handle historical object replicas to gain a concrete understanding of the past.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 in Fort Greene
92 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
90-minute tours Wednesday—Friday at 10:30am and 11:30am

Ingenious Innovations Grades 2-12

Explore centuries of technological innovation and historical change at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learn about the transformation of shipbuilding from the Age of Sail to the Age of Iron and Steam. Includes a visit to one of the Yard's historic dry docks where students may get a chance to see a ship under repair. View pre- and post-visit activities for the Smartboard and in PDF on our curriculum page under "Ingenious Innovations."

Seeing Green: Adaptive Reuse and Bee Hotels Grades 2-5

Explore the “green” features of BLDG 92, including a rooftop garden. See how today’s Yard has reused aging infrastructure left behind by the U.S. Navy – in some cases entire buildings! Then roll up your sleeves and reuse art materials to construct habitat-generating "bee hotels” in this hands-on STEAM program. Learn how designers use brainstorming, creativity and an ethos of adaptive reuse to generate sustainable solutions to urban problems.

Seeing Green: Sustainable Building and Design Grades 6-12

Students will be introduced to STEM challenges facing urban designers. Discuss issues of combined sewer overflow, high population density, and the urban heat island effect (aka, why NYC is so hot!). Observe design features of BLDG 92 designed to combat those challenges, such as a green roof and propose your own solutions to ongoing challenges at the Yard.

Women, Work, and World War II Grades 5-12

Examine oral histories, photographs, and objects from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during its two busiest times—the WWII era and today. Discuss how gender, race and class have impacted workers’ experiences at the Yard over time.

Planning your visit
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