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

Thank you for your interest in Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 school tours. We are currently booked to capacity at both sites through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

If you are interested in putting your name on a wait list, we will contact teachers on a first come, first served basis to fill any tour slots that open up. Please visit our form HERE.
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All information about our tours is included below, or click HERE to download a 1-page info sheet with all the important details.

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.  

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Tours at BHS and BLDG 92 tours are free for all NYC public schools.

•    Up to 32 students and 3 teachers/chaperones per tour
•    60- or 90-minute tours, depending on the program
•    Call or e-mail the Senior Educator to book: 718-222-4111 ext. 241 or
•    Please include the following information in your e-mail or voicemail:

Choose from the program offerings listed below:

NEW! In Pursuit of Freedom
Grades: 5-12
Duration: 60 Minutes
Site: Brooklyn Historical Society
Enter a period of Brooklyn's history that has not been fully explored until now. Between 1783 and 1865 Brooklyn transformed from an agricultural, slaveholding 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.

Brooklyn’s Communities: Then & Now
Grades: 2-12, recommended: 2nd
Duration: 60 minutes
Site: Brooklyn Historical Society
How have Brooklyn’s communities evolved over time? From the original Lenape inhabitants to the diverse residents of a major urban center, students will investigate different Brooklyn communities over time and compare and contrast past and present Brooklyn, drawing from primary source documents, photographs, maps, and art.

Colonial Brooklyn
Grades: 2-12, recommended: 4th, 5th
Duration: 60 minutes
Site: Brooklyn Historical Society
Colonial Brooklyn was a fascinating place: Manhattan’s ‘breadbasket’ was filled with farmers who, on the eve of the American Revolution, held more enslaved people than any other county in New York State. Students will mine primary source documents and artwork to explore what life was like for Colonial Brooklynites, including Native Americans, enslaved Africans, free Africans and African Americans, and European colonists.

Grades: 2-12, recommended: 2nd and 5th
Duration: 60 minutes
Site: Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Library and Archives holds a thorough and fascinating collection of Brooklyn maps. In this tour, students will hone their geography and map reading skills using historical and contemporary maps of Brooklyn. This tour will develop your students’ introductory map skills (compass rose, key, scale), or more advanced inquiry: How has map-making changed over time? How are different maps used by historians, geographers, and fire insurance companies? In a special American Revolution-themed version, students will explore why Brooklyn became the site of the first battle of the American Revolution through an inquiry of a selection from BHS’ collections including Bernard Ratzer’s 1770 Plan of the City of New York.

Seeing Green: Sustainable Architecture & Design at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Grades 3-8
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
Using the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 as a hands-on case study of sustainable building and design, students will be introduced to the challenges facing urban designers, including storm-water management, reducing energy consumption, and melding the needs of large urban populations with the realities of the natural world. They will see first-hand how BLDG 92’s designers addressed those challenges while touring the Brooklyn Navy Yard to think critically about the relationship between the built and natural environments.

Ingenious Inventions
Grades 2-6
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
The Ingenious Inventions tour explores centuries of technological innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 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 lens of 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.

These are the People of Your Navy Yard
Grades 5-12
Duration: 90 minutes
Site: BLDG 92
This tour delves into the social history of the United States by utilizing a collection of oral histories of people who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. As they examine documents and photographs and listen to oral histories, students will explore the ways individual experiences contribute to larger threads in U.S. social history, including gendered spheres, racial segregation, labor activism, and urban development.

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

*School trips are free for NYC public schools and are $150 for other groups. Financial assistance available. 

Thank You to our Funders

Education programs at Brooklyn Historical Society are generously supported by Astoria Bank, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Brooklyn Technical High School, Con Edison, The Ferriday Fund, The Hearst Foundations, Green-Wood Historic Fund, National Grid Foundation, The Nissan 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, New York State Education Department, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, The Packer Collegiate Institute, The Pine Tree Foundation of New York, The Pinkerton Foundation, Saint Ann’s School, Spring Creek Community School, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional funding provided by New York State Assembly Members James Brennan, Karim Camara, Rhoda Jacobs, Joseph Lentol, Joan Millman, Annette Robinson; New York City Council Members Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Vincent J. Gentile, David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, Darlene Mealy, Michael Nelson, and Albert Vann; and Public Advocate Letitia James.

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.

Programs 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.