Bring Your Class to Brooklyn Historical Society or the Brooklyn Navy Yard at BLDG 92!

Thank you for your interest in Education programs at Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92!

If you would like to bring a group of 10 or more people to BHS this summer, please let us know in advance. For more information, go HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

If you would like to learn more about our free Summer STEAM program for local camps at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, visit the website for BLDG 92 HERE.

Be the first to hear about program openings for the 2016-2017 school year by going HERE to sign up for Educator News & Resources! We will begin booking tours and school-based programs for the 2016-2017 school year in August.

Field Trips for K-12 Classes

College and Adult Tours

Plan Your Visit

Field-trip! K-12 Museum Education Programs at Brooklyn Historical Society and BLDG 92

BHS is excited to continue our school programs partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Bring your class to BHS, BLDG 92, or both!

In BHS education programs, students learn to think like historians through hands-on investigation of Brooklyn’s material culture, art, and written documents—all of which form intriguing windows into the history of America. Place-based learning makes history accessible to learners of all kinds.  

class at BHS class at BLDG92

Brooklyn Historical Society is proud to offer a limited number of FREE school group tours for qualifying NYC public schools:

•    Tours at BHS’s landmark building are free for the first 100 NYC public schools. Subsequent Title I NYC public schools have a reduced rate of $75
•    Tours at BLDG 92 are free for all NYC public schools
•    The fee for all other groups is $150/tour. Financial assistance available

All tours must be reserved in advance and accommodate up to 33 students and 3 teachers/chaperones.

Programs at Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn’s Communities: Then & Now
Great for ESL/ELL/Bi-lingual classes of all ages!
Grades: 2-12, recommended: 2nd & 4th
Duration: 60 minutes
What makes a community? Students investigate images, artifacts and maps and discuss the similarities and differences between historic and contemporary communities, using Brooklyn’s Colonial Communities as an example.

Colonial Brooklyn
Grades: 2-12, recommended: 4th, 5th
Duration: 60 minutes
Students use primary sources to discover the communities that co-existed in Colonial Brooklyn: from the original Canarsee and Lenape inhabitants to the Dutch, English and Africans.

In Pursuit of Freedom: Brooklyn Abolitionists
Grades: 5-12
Duration: 60 minutes
The stories of everyday 19th century Brooklynites, both black and white, who fought for social justice and civil rights before, during, and after slavery’s abolition provide the substance of this school offering. Be sure to check out the interactive website with curriculum materials to prepare, extend & enrich your experience:

Grades: 2-12
Duration: 60 minutes
In this tour, students will hone their geography and map reading skills using historical and contemporary maps of Brooklyn. This tour is differentiated depending on the age & level of the students participating;  for younger students, the focus is on reading map features. For older students, the focus is on the different types and kinds of information on maps.

NEW! Personal Correspondents: Civil War Voices from Brooklyn
Grades: 5-12
Duration: 60 minutes
View the Civil War through the eyes of the Brooklynites who left to fight and were left behind using letters, broadsides, cartes des visite and wartime illustrations. Connects to NYC Social Studies Scope & Sequence for the 7th Grade (The Civil War 7.8c, 7.8d). Be sure to check out the free, downloadable curriculum, “The Civil War: Voices from Brooklyn” available on our website to prepare, supplement & enrich your visit. 

LIMITED TIME OFFERING! The Brooklyn Americans and the Social History of Sports
Available Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016
Grades: 5-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Sports are a fundamental part of the human experience. What can we learn about history and ourselves by studying them? Using the exhibit and curricula resources, students will study the impact World War II had on professional sports in the United States. Be sure to check out the free, downloadable curriculum, “Bats, Balls, Nets and Hoops: Stories of Sports in Brooklyn” available on our website to prepare, supplement & enrich your visit.

Programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

STEM PROGRAM: Seeing Green: Sustainable Building & Design
Grades 3-12
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
Using BLDG 92 as a case study of sustainable building and design, students are introduced to the challenges facing urban designers and get a chance to visit some of the solutions – including a green roof & an oyster restoration bed!

Ingenious Inventions
Great for Self Contained & ICT Classes!
Grades 2-6
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
Explore centuries of technological innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this tour includes a visit to one of the Yard's historic dry docks. Be sure to check out our free, online curriculum “Ingenious Inventions at BLDG 92” available on our website for pre- and post- visit activities.

Women, Work & World War II
Formerly “These are the People of Your Navy Yard”
Grades 5-12
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
Students examine oral histories, photographs and objects from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during its two busiest times – the WWII-era and today. They will explore the ways individual experiences contribute to larger threads in U.S. history and answer the question: who makes history?

Lesson Plans, Curricula, and More

Click here to download exhibit-related lesson plans, digital curricula, and supporting materials for your tour experience.

College Level and Adult Tours

Plan Your Visit

Visiting Brooklyn Historical Society:
128 Pierrepont Street, at the corner of Clinton Street in historic Brooklyn Heights

By School Bus:  Drop-off at 128 Pierrepont Street at the corner of Clinton Street.
By Subway: R to Court Street; 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall; A/C/F to Jay Street/MetroTech
For hours and additional information, see our visitor information page, or email

Visiting The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92:
BLDG 92 is located at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Carlton Avenue.

By School Bus: Enter the Navy Yard at the Clinton Avenue Gate located at Clinton Avenue and Flushing Avenue.  Traveling by school bus is recommended and bus parking is available.
By Subway: F to York Street or G to Clinton/Washington Avenues. Be prepared for a fifteen minute walk to BLDG 92.

For more information go to or email

Thank You to our Funders

Education programs at Brooklyn Historical Society are generously supported by Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation; Brooklyn School of Inquiry; Con Edison; The Consulate General of the Netherlands; The Ferriday Fund; Hearst Foundations; Green-Wood Historic Fund; Investors Foundation; National Grid Foundation; The Nissan Foundation; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; New York State Education Department; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Michael Tuch Foundation; The Packer Collegiate Institute; and The Pine Tree Foundation of New York.

Additional funding provided by New York State Assembly Members James Brennan, Karim Camara, Joseph Lentol, Joan Millman (Assembly Member 1997-2014), Annette Robinson, and Jo Ann Simon; and New York City Council Members Laurie Cumbo, David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, and Darlene Mealy.

Programs made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council

BLDG 92 education programs are made possible through generous support from Con Edison, The Pinkerton Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation.