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Camp History

Kids who love history love Camp History!

"I wish I didn’t have to leave!" –  camper
"It was, by far, the best experience he had all summer." – parent

At Camp History, middle schoolers dive into past and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the New-York Historical Society to become junior historians, conservators, and curators! In week-long camps during school breaks in February, March, and August, campers immerse themselves in a historical era by exploring related N-YHS collections, meeting with Museum staff; and creating incredible projects to showcase their new-found expertise.

Camp History programs give middle school students the opportunity to perform primary historical research and expose them to a wide variety of museum careers, while having a lot of fun along the way.

For more information, or to register your child for any of this year’s camps, please email or call 646-293-9922.


March Camps:
Tuesday, March 29 through Friday, April 1 from 9 am – 4 pm

$500 per camper ($400 per Member camper)

Current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders only

Bring your Minecraft creativity to our Civil War camp! Each day, campers will learn about the lives of soldiers and technology of the day through hands-on training by Civil War experts and through guided exploration of our Library’s rich collections. Campers will also discover the galleries and see our groundbreaking exhibition Silicon City! In the afternoons, instructors from Pixel Academy will help campers use their 21st-century knowledge to code their own Minecraft Mod in which they will create a Civil War soldier and encampment. By the end of the week, each camper will have created their own digital Civil War universe, a real-life military knapsack full of handmade 1860s necessities, and a mind full of knowledge of what life was like during the Civil War. 

To register: Please email or call 646-293-9922

Cancellation policy: Full refunds minus a $50 processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by January 15, 2016. No full or partial refunds will be granted after that date.



Getting up close and personal with a centuries-old map of New York City


Standing proudly with hand-sewn quilt squares


Spending time in the conservation lab 


Posing in Civil War-era attire for a tintype portrait


Hanging out in the Museum galleries


Taking on the role of a Civil War surgeon and extracting a bullet from a wounded soldier’s “leg”


Making glue with our chief conservator


Creative: Tronvig Group