We’re proud to offer exclusive programs for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. These programs are designed to help Troops fulfill requirements towards badges!

Scout Group Visit Policies and Procedures:

Private Scout Programs allow you to pick the day and program for your troop. All New-York Historical Society Museum-based Girl Scout Troop Programs satisfy requirements towards select badge fulfillment. Advance registration is required.

  • All programs are led by highly qualified New-York Historical Society Museum Educators and Teaching Artists and make use of the Museum’s objects, artwork, images, maps, and documents
  • Girl Scout Programs are 90 minutes long and may be reserved during Museum hours. Programs cannot be extended past 90 minutes. If a group arrives later than the appointed time, the program will be shortened to end at its original time.
  • Field Trips cost a flat rate of $150.00. Payment must be received to make a reservation. We accept credit cards, and checks.
  • Programs can have up to 30 scouts and must have one adult chaperone per every 10 participants.
  • Lunch facilities are not available in the Museum. Groups are encouraged to picnic in Central Park
  • Field trips can include New York Story, a dynamic 20-minute film covering 400 years of history. The film is recommended for second graders and above.
  • The completion of each program will entitle scouts to a New-York Historical Patch! Patches are available for purchase at the Museum Store. The cost per patch is $4.00.
  • Space is limited, so book today!

To book a program, please email us at group.tours@nyhistory.org or call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352
On Scout Days children will be able to participate in fun and informative activities led by museum educators. Advance registration for Scout Day is recommended.

Troop Girl Scout Programs | Girl Scout Independent Studies

Brownie (Grades 2-3)


Investigation | Senses

New York Then and Now
What did New York City look, sound, and smell like 100, 200, 300, or even 400 years ago? Compare artifacts from the past with their modern counterparts to learn what was different – or not so different – about life in the Big Apple of long ago. Examine objects and images from our permanent collections to discover how daily life and technology has changed over the centuries.

Objects Tell Stories (recommended for Brownies in Grade 3)
Learn how to read seemingly simple, everyday objects to make inferences about life in the past, just like a historian. There are over 40,000 artifacts at the New-York Historical Society, and each one has a story to tell. Scouts “listen” to these stories and sharpen their observation skills while participating in group discussions and sketching artifacts from our permanent collection. 

Celebrating Community

Citizen | Celebrating Community

A Day at the Museum (recommended for Brownies in Grade 2)
Did you know the New-York Historical Society is New York’s oldest museum? It was founded in 1804 to collect the stories of the people who lived through the American Revolution – making it the perfect place to learn about America’s historical traditions! Take a highlights tour around the museum to learn what a museum is, why museums exist, and how the people who work in them keep them running. Explore 500 years of history, learning and implementing the skills of observation, identification, and drawing conclusions about artifacts and works of art.

The Four Freedoms (recommended for Brownies in Grade 3)
Special Exhibition program available May 25 – September 2, 2018
Scouts explore Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, the first internationally touring exhibition focused on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings (1943). What significance did these famous paintings – inspired by the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – hold for Americans in the 1940s, and what can they tell us about the power of illustration? In this program, Scouts consider what it was like to live through World War II and encounter additional artists from Rockwell’s era who created powerful images.

Junior (Grades 4-5)

Playing the Past

Creative Play | Playing the Past

 Holiday Express: Playing in the Past
Special Exhibition Program available through February 25, 2018
All aboard! Scouts will learn about the lives of children long ago by exploring an enchanting exhibit of model trains and toys. This annual celebration highlights hundreds of historical toys from the renowned Jerni Collection, which tell us about how toys were produced and how children played in the past.

Tiffany Studios: Art and Industry
What’s in a lamp? Consider art, gender politics, labor movements, and industrialization through the lens of the Tiffany Design Studio’s iconic stained glass. Explore the process of creating rare and beautiful Tiffany lamps, from inspiration and design to glass cutting to assembly. Meet Clara Driscoll – Tiffany’s talented designer – and the team of workers who helped her create these precious lamps. Learn what life was like for women in the workplace in the early 20th century by hearing their own stories.

Inside Government

Citizen | Inside Government

FDR’s Presidency and Legacy
Use the long political career of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) to learn about the Progressive Era, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and WWII. Learn about the life, ideas, and influence of the New York State Senator, Governor, and 32nd U.S. President through Museum artifacts.

New York and the Civil War
Learn how national and local political leaders and activists responded to the Civil War and hear the stories of New Yorkers who fought for the Union cause. While New York was a Union state, intense debates raged within it over slavery, the rights of citizens, and economic resources. Scouts will also learn about the abolitionist movement and the diversity of views and tactics within it. 

Cadette (Grades 6-8)

Finding Common Ground

Citizen | Finding Common Ground

Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy: Rebel Spirits
Special exhibition program available February 26 – May 20, 2018
50 years after 1968, examine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s complicated relationship with fellow counter-culture leader Robert F. Kennedy.

Immigrant City
Since 1609, waves of immigrants have arrived in New York Harbor. This program explores immigration to New York from the 17th through 20th centuries, considering in detail the reasons why people left their former homes – lack of economic opportunity, famine and disaster, and political upheaval – as well as the factors that brought them to the United States – religious and political freedom and opportunities for the future. This program also covers the challenges faced by different immigrant groups, and the changes made over the centuries to laws governing immigration.

Senior (Grades 9-10)

Truth Seeker

Being a Historian
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past. Themes explored in this program include how we learn about history and how the people who write about history get their information. Scouts will investigate the three major sources for historical information on view in our permanent collection: documents, oral history and artifacts. Discover all the skills that historians use to learn the truth about the past!

Behind the Ballot

Hotbed: Sex, Suffrage, and Social Change in Bohemian New York
Special exhibition program through March 25, 2018
Visit our Center for Women’s History to learn how female immigrants, socialists, artists, and radicals came together in early 20th Century Greenwich Village to transform American society and culture.

Ambassador (Grades 11-12)

Public Policy

Hotbed: Sex, Suffrage, and Social Change in Bohemian New York
Special exhibition program through March 25, 2018
Visit our Center for Women’s History to learn how female immigrants, socialists, artists, and radicals came together in early 20th Century Greenwich Village to transform American society and culture.

The Vietnam War
Special exhibition program through April 22, 2018
Explore our groundbreaking exhibition on the Vietnam War, encountering such topics as the Cold War, the draft, military campaigns, and the antiwar movement. Learn about the conflict’s place in global history and the many different factions that influenced the course of the war. Consider questions and themes that influenced the lives of everyday Americans, including the duties of citizenship, the responsibilities of the press, and the war’s influence on American politics.

Have Questions?

To learn more about Educator-led Scout Education Programs, Girl Scout Independent Studies, and Scout Days, please contact Kristi Tremblay and Nora Gorman in the Group Sales Department. Call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 or email group.tours@nyhistory.org for more information.

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