Stop by the New-York Historical Society for all kinds of fun with history! We’re excited to welcome families to explore the galleries, complete a scavenger hunt (or several!), and beat the heat in our DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM). We have lots to offer on Tuesdays through Sundays and every activity is free with Museum Admission.
First thing’s first: Check out the exhibition Hudson Rising while you can, before it closes on August 4. Journey down the Hudson River as you complete the Family Guide and prove your freshwater knowledge! Become an expert on the 315 miles that flows from the Adirondack Mountains all the way to the bay between New York City and New Jersey. Pick up a guide at the gallery entrance.
Once you’re done exploring the Hudson, journey back to a time of cavalry, militia drills, metalsmiths, and spies with our Museum-wide celebration, Revolutionary Summer. Pick up a Kid’s Scavenger Hunt down in DCHM and see just how much you know about the American Revolution while you search for highlights from the collection, including a metal horse’s tail ripped from a statue of King George III by jubilant crowds in 1776.
And of course, don’t miss the DCHM History Hunt, which is always available on the lower level in the children’s museum. You can learn about influential New Yorkers like Alexander Hamilton and Esteban Béllan, practice skills like taking the oath of office or cross-stitching, or cozy up to read in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library.
Also: The History Detective Briefcases are back by popular demand! Enjoy them all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Take your detective kit to the Luce Center on the 4th Floor and discover the artifacts that tell the story of our city. Pick up a free briefcase—which includes sketch pads, binoculars, and gallery prompts—when you purchase your Museum Admission.
Don’t forget to check our Family Programs Calendar for up-to-date information about upcoming programs. Looking forward to making history with you soon!
By Maggie Solarz