Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


Education programs made possible through endowments established by:
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


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The past and the future come together in the palm of your hands.

Coming soon! New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is opening on our 4th floor, ready to offer NYC teens a new spot to create, explore, and meet friends and mentors in a state-of-the-art multimedia space. Whether you’re looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you. 

This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment -- from fun to professional -- to help tomorrow’s leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities.

Some Features and Equipment:

  • High processing computers with a full suite of professional design and production software
  • 3D scanners and printers to recreate and transform collection objects
  • Interactive media wall with three oversized screens for presenting and sharing work
  • Soundproof recording booth and professional editing software to create audio and video projects


A New Home for the Future

Our popular Tech Scholars program has moved into the Tech Commons! Tech Scholars is a multi-session workshop for high school girls that explores women’s history through web development, enhancing student knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Check out the Tech Scholars’ projects here and here!

The Tech Commons will be the new hub for all of our teen programs, including Student Historians, Teen Leaders and Scholars programs. Keep an eye out for even more opportunities to learn about the digital humanities on our Teen Programs homepage!

Hang Out and Geek Out

Teens, ages 13 to 19, will be able to use our space for free during our Drop-In Hours, every Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 6pm,  and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.* Students can explore the many galleries of the museum, meet with mentors, work in creative projects with friends or independently, experiment with our digital resources and learn new tech skills.

*Unless the space closed for another event or program.

Hello, World!

Celebrate the grand opening of the Tech Commons with us! We will announce the date shortly, so make sure you stay tuned. There will be snacks, games, and plenty of tech demos and activities to warm up our new space.

Any Questions?

Send us an email at or call us at 212-485-9281!

Creative: Tronvig Group