General Information

Location, Map & Directions

Brooklyn Historical Society is located 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at the corner of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.

BHS Map

Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking.

Subway
2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,F to Jay St/Borough Hall

Please note: There is currently no R train service to Court Street from Manhattan.

Click here for current MTA service updates.

Bus
North – South: B 38, B52, B25, B26, B41 to Montague/Court Street
East – West: B 67, B65 to Jay Street
From Manhattan: B51 City Hall to Court St. /Cadman Plaza WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY

Car
For driving directions, please click here.

From Brooklyn

Take the Belt Parkway West., which becomes Brooklyn Queens Expressway/I-278 East, to Atlantic Avenue (exit 27). Turn slight right onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn left onto Clinton Street for seven blocks to Pierrepont Street.

From Manhattan
Take the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza West ramp. Go straight ahead onto Middagh Street. Turn left onto Henry Street for six blocks. Turn left onto Pierrepont Street.

Parking

There is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood as well as several garages: Manhattan Parking, 40 Clinton St., between Pierrepont and Cadman Plaza West; 300 Cadman Plaza West, between Clinton and Pierrepont; and Ultra on Montague between Clinton and Court.

Bicycles
There are designated bike lanes along Clinton and Henry Streets leading to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Public bicycle racks may be found along Montague Street, one block from BHS.

The museum is ADA accessible. Please note that the first floor of the museum is temporarily under construction. Call the Visitor Services desk at 718-222-4111 ext 250 or e-mail vservice@brooklynhistory.org to hear how this renovation may affect access to the building.

BHS offers a visual description of the building for people who are blind and partially sighted through New York Beyond Sight.


Museum & Library Hours

Regular Museum Hours
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Museum Store Hours
Monday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Library Hours
Regular hours for Library Research are Wednesday- Saturday, 1-5pm

Note: the Othmer Library will be CLOSED from Friday, August 1 through Saturday, August 31.


We recommend all researchers and readers contact the library prior to their visit.  For information about library and archival collections and services or the image database, please see the "Service Update" on the library area of the BHS website.

BHS will remain open during regular business hours except for the following holidays: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day.


Admission Rates

General admission provides access to all current exhibitions, public programs and the library area during Library hours.

BHS Members Free
(see Membership Section for details)
Adults $10 suggested
Seniors 62 and over $6 suggested
Teachers $6 suggested
Students 12 and over (with I.D) Free
Children under 12 Free

Group Visits

Groups of 10 people or more must arrange a group tour in advance, subject to a fee. For more information and to schedule a tour time, please call 718-222-4111 x228 or email tours@brooklynhistory.org.

Public Programs
Please see our calendar of events for information on admission to public programming and special events at BHS. All events are held at BHS and are free with museum admission ($6 adults, $4 students, teachers, seniors, free for children under 12) unless otherwise noted. Admission is always free for BHS members


In the Neighborhood


The Brooklyn Historical Society is located in the Brooklyn Heights historic district. BHS offers a self-guided walking tour brochure, available free at BHS or for download, featuring more than twenty different historic architectural highlights in Brooklyn Heights.

There are a variety of attractions nearby to complement your visit to BHS, including:

Brooklyn Heights Promenade:  Only a three-block walk from BHS, the promenade offers a pleasant waterfront walk, as well as a spectacular view of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Verrazano, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Bridges.

Brooklyn Bridge: Completed in 1883, this historic landmark connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and walking across is a favorite NYC pastime. The pedestrian entrance to the Bridge is just down the hill from BHS. 

Rotunda Gallery:  Located at 33 Clinton Street, the Rotunda Gallery features contemporary art exhibitions and related programming.

New York Transit Museum:  The NY Transit Museum is devoted to exploring the history of urban public transit and is itself located in a historic subway station.  Located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, it is only a quick walk from the Brooklyn Historical Society. BHS members receive free admission.

Check with the Brooklyn Tourism office  for more ideas about all that Brooklyn has to offer!

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