Exhibitions

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

October 5, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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Journey to where magic and myth began! Join us in October 2018 for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library exhibition. New-York Historical Members can reserve tickets starting February 14 at 12 pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public in April.

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, New-York Historical Society, U.S. Harry Potter-publisher Scholastic, and other special collections. Visitors can explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrators Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay. Harry Potter: A History of Magic is currently on view at the British Library in London through February 28, 2018.

September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, following the 20th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. in 2017.

In 2017, Scholastic published one of two accompanying titles, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. Designed for a family audience, this book showcases a selection of the amazing artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and magical objects included in the exhibition. In fall 2018, to accompany the exhibition in New York, Scholastic will also publish the official comprehensive companion book, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. A collaboration between the publishers and British Library curators, this lavishly produced, full-color coffee-table book will make the exhibition experience available to everyone.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Frequently Asked Questions
 

GENERAL


How much does it cost to visit the exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic?

Admission to Harry Potter: A History of Magic costs general Museum Admission. There is no additional fee for this exhibition. See all our admission fees.

If you are a Member of the New-York Historical Society, admission is free. Please see the FOR MEMBERS section below for more details.

Should I purchase tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic in advance?

Yes. Due to high demand, tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be issued as timed entry tickets, and we cannot guarantee timed entry tickets will be available on the day you arrive at the Museum. As such, it is strongly recommended that all tickets to this exhibition are purchased well in advance of arriving at the Museum.

Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public starting April 2018. Members may begin reserving tickets on February 14.

Will there be any programs surrounding Harry Potter: A History of Magic?

Absolutely! We’ll be presenting many programs and events surrounding Harry Potter: A History of Magic, including special guest speakers, trivia nights, family programs, and more. Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media @nyhistory to stay up to date.

Is the exhibition wheelchair accessible?

Yes! The exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible and ramp entry to the building is available at our 77th Street entrance. We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available free of charge. We strongly recommend that you reserve in advance by calling (212) 485-9200.
 

FOR MEMBERS


When will Members be able to reserve tickets?

Members of the New-York Historical Society can reserve timed entry tickets starting February 14 at 12 pm. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public (non-Members) in April 2018.

How many free tickets may Members reserve for the exhibition?

Members can reserve a certain number of free tickets in advance, depending on their Membership level:

Membership Level Number of free tickets members may reserve
Senior/Individual 1
Dual 2
Family 4
Young Friend 4
Friend 5
Patron Family 6
Benefactor 6
Gotham Fellow 6

 

As a Member, can I reserve free tickets to the exhibition day-of when I arrive at the Museum?

If available. Members enjoy free Museum Admission on any day the Museum is open. Members can reserve timed entry tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic on the day-of if time slots are available. The number of free admission tickets permitted is determined by Membership level. (See chart above.)

Can Members purchase additional tickets in advance?

Yes. Starting February 14, in addition to reserving their entitled free tickets, Members may also purchase additional tickets. The number of additional tickets a Member can purchase depends on membership level:

Membership Level Number of additional tickets members may purchase
Senior/Individual 6
Dual 6
Family 6
Young Friend 6
Friend 6
Patron Family 6
Benefactor 10
Gotham Fellow 20

 

Will there be any programs surrounding Harry Potter: A History of Magic?

Absolutely! We’ll be presenting many programs and events surrounding Harry Potter: A History of Magic, including special guest speakers, trivia nights, family programs, and more. As is our policy, Members will receive free or reduced admission to these programs. 

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