Discover the many urban treasures of Brooklyn's history stored at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

This urban history center was founded in 1863 and has put together numerous collections and changing exhibits that showcase the success of Brooklyn and the people who live there. The BHS also provides educational programs and tours to visitors that will allow them to learn more about Brooklyn's background as well as where the borough stands today.


The Brooklyn Historical Society always provides new, creative displays that help to paint a picture of the unique history in Brooklyn. With the use of various elements such as photographs, paintings and literature, these exhibits show off Brooklyn heroes like Jackie Robison and many more.

Othmer Library
Specially crafted with stained glass and columns made of wood, the 2nd floor library creates a nostalgic feeling for visitors. Within the library, you can find the BHS' massive collection which consists of over 33,000 books and 50,000 photographs. Visitors can view the library from Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5pm.

How To Get There

  • A, C, F to Jay Street Metrotech station.

  • R to Court Street station.

  • 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall station.

Make The Most Of Your New York Pass

- Entrance to the Brooklyn Historical Society is normally $10.

- The New York Pass grants you free access to the Brooklyn Historical Society plus over 90 attractions in New York City.





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Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Noon - 5:00pm
Thursday Noon - 5:00pm
Friday Noon - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday Noon - 5:00pm


Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day

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128 Pierrepont Street (at the corner of Clinton Street), Brooklyn, NY 11201


718 222-4111