Bring Your Class to BHS & the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Field Trips for K-12 Classes

College and Adult Tours

Field-trip! K-12+Museum-based programs at BHS and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at 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!

toursIn 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.  You may be surprised how students come alive when they are immersed in history.

Tours at BHS are free for all K-12 classes. BLDG 92 tours are free for NYC public schools.

Choose from the tour offerings listed below:

Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress                           

Grades: K12

Duration: 60 minutes

Site: Brooklyn Historical Society


How did Brooklyn become the extraordinary place we know today? The Inventing Brooklyn exhibit traces the borough's diverse cultural influences, from its Native American roots and the Dutch colonial influx to the impact of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Our Inventing Brooklyn tours will highlight your class’s interests and area of study, with themes including:

Ingenious Inventions at the Brooklyn Navy Yard  

Grades 2-5

Duration: 90 minutes

Site: BLDG 92


Ingenious InventionsThe Ingenious Inventions tour explores centuries of technological innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Through the lens of the Yard's accomplishments – from pioneering iron and steam shipbuilding, to advancing radio technology and developing medical anesthetics at the Naval Hospital – students will examine the role of innovation through the Yard’s history. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this tour includes a visit to one of the Yard's historic dry docks.

NEW! These are the People of Your Navy Yard

Grades 4-12

Duration: 90 minutes

Site: BLDG 92

This tour delves into U.S. social history through the stories of people who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II and the voices of those who work there today. During the tour, students will examine documents and photographs and listen to oral histories, exploring the ways individual experiences contribute to larger currents in U.S. social history, including gendered spheres, racial segregation, labor activism, and urban development.

NEW! In Pursuit of Freedom

Grades 5-12

Duration: 60 minutes

Site: Brooklyn Historical Society

Opening January 2014 

Enter a period of Brooklyn's history that has not been fully explored, until now. Between 1783 and 1865 Brooklyn transformed from an agricultural, slave-holding capital to the third largest city in the United States. Against this backdrop and the national struggle between slavery and freedom, everyday Brooklynites, both black and white, fought for social justice and equality. Their stories in pursuit of freedom provide the substance of this new school offering. Highlights include a rare viewing of an original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

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 Astoria Federal Savings, Barclays, Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Timothy Bradley & Eliot Nolen, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Technical High School, Con Edison, The Ferriday Fund, The Hearst Foundations, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Herman Goldman Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, National Grid Foundation, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts,  The Packer Collegiate Institute, Pine Tree Foundation of New York, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin, Saint Ann’s School, Tisch Illumination Fund, the U.S. Department of Education. 

Additional funding provided by New York State Assembly Members James Brennan, Karim Camara, Rhoda Jacobs, Joseph Lentol,  Alan Maisel, Joan Millman, Annette Robinson and New York City Council Members Vincent Gentile, David Greenfield, Letitia James, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Dominic Recchia and Albert Vann.

BLDG 92 education programs are made possible through generous support from the Barclays Nets Alliance.