Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Combination museum, library and educational center which explores works of art and historical documents that represent Brooklyn's diverse cultures and society, past and present.
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Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
How to get there
  • Court St • 3 min walk
  • Borough Hall • 4 min walk
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles66 reviews
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vbddrive
Virginia Beach, VA1,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
One winter afternoon we visited the Brooklyn Historical Society out of curiosity as my wife is a Brooklyn native. Those not affiliated with Brooklyn will obviously not be impressed with the displays however those with a serious appreciation for history and architecture will be thrilled. I spent as much time examining the building as I did the displays

Current times often dictate excitement and stimulating displays which this is not nor was ever intended to be. Rather the Society is a historical repository of Brooklyn History. Notice that this is a society, not a museum.
Written February 26, 2020
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Paula Bendfeldt - GrowingUpBilingual.com
Cape Coral, FL1,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Business
My company recently booked an event at the Brooklyn Historical Society. I had never been to Brooklyn Heights and I just loved the Historical Society!
The Historical Society is located in a magnificent historic building in Brooklyn Heights. There you can find information about the history of the borough of Brooklyn, walking tour and neighborhood guides. There is a small exhibit space and when we visited the exhibit was: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation and there was a lot of interesting and engaging information. There is also a small gift shop with lot's of interesting and original Brooklyn and New York City related souvenirs.
We hosted an all day workshop and the space was ideal for our group. We culminated the event with a cocktail in the building as well. The staff was fantastic and made sure that the event was a total success.
Written May 16, 2016
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Thank you for your kind review, Paula! We love it when people have the chance to visit our exhibits, shop in the Gift Shop, and enjoy some cocktails! We hope that you return again soon!
Written June 13, 2016
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Douglas T
Los Altos, CA1,691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
This 1888 building has an elegant staircase and original library, some good stained glass and some pretty good exhibits. It does not take a long time to see and adds lots of information to a visit to Brooklyn. Some decent places to eat a block away on Montague Street.
Written August 30, 2015
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Ariella
New York City, NY20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I went and there seemed to nothing there other than two exhibits and a huge library.
Will not return.
Written November 22, 2019
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DJES75225
St. Petersburg, FL30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This beautiful building which opened in 1881 has been restored with care and the history of Brooklyn is clearly presented in a smart way. It can be toured in an hour. Then walk around the historic and original downtown area of Brooklyn. We were fascinated by the history of slavery and then leadership in abolition in Brooklyn.
Written July 8, 2015
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Sylvia L
New York, New York, United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Start celebrating Black History Month here. Brooklyn is teaming with tons of history from pre-slavery days to free Colored schools and townships to Hip Hop royalty. Abolition history buffs will be thrilled to see the amazing exhibits and speakers lined up here. The current exhibit about abolitionists is a must-see. Last week we heard awesome Black migration stories from Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer prize winning author of 'Warmth of Other Suns.' We are set to hear Prof. Henry Louis 'Skip' Gates Jr., on 'Five Centuries of African American History. You will also find clips of TV shows and films set in Brooklyn. The architecture is beautiful inside and out. Great place to buy 'made-in-Brooklyn' gifts too! Who needs Manhattan? Go Brooklyn!
Written January 21, 2015
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Dear Sylvia, Wow! Thanks so much for the lovely review! Here at BHS we strive to highlight Brooklyn’s diverse history, and we’re so glad you appreciate our efforts. We hope to keep seeing you around, especially this summer, as we continue to host events that examine mixed heritage and Black history here in good ol’ Brooklyn! Regards, BHS
Written July 2, 2015
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drichrx
Brooklyn, NY1,165 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a poor excuse of a museum, whose claim to fame is their historic building For $6 they have 3 little rooms and expect you to view old photos on a computer in the library but you must surrender your purse and any jacket to do so. After 5 min we asked for a refund. We enjoyed the free Brooklyn Naval Yard Museum much more and learned more history.
Written March 16, 2012
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Vintagebydesign
New York65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
Beautiful Historic building in Brooklyn Heights with ground floor exhibit space is currently featuring an exhibit on Ebbitts Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers. It includes stadium seats, tickets, baseball cards and photos. Library and research area upstairs for the historians in the group. The surrounding area of Brooklyn is a treasure in itself,a stroll around the block is a fascinating mix of historic architectural styles in homes, shops and restaurants.
Written January 2, 2012
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Dear Vintage, Thanks so much for the fabulous review! We hope you’ve come by again since—we’ve really transformed in the past few years, and we would love to see you again. Thanks for being a part of the BHS community! Regards, BHS
Written July 2, 2015
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Stephanie K
Washington DC, DC95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
This museum, housed in a beautiful old mansion in a residential area just off the busy streets of commercial Brooklyn, is a lovely respite from the bustle of the city. Quiet, attractive, and filled with interesting memorabilia from Brooklyn's earliest days, the museum also contains a large library of reference materials. We enjoyed the special exhibit on the Brooklyn Dodgers, complete with seats from the original Ebbets Field. We also enjoyed a room about the history of Brooklyn that included audio information from Brooklynites to complement the visual exhibits.
Written August 21, 2011
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Dear Stephanie, Thanks so much for your wonderful and thorough review! We hope you’ve been back since 2011 to see what else we have to offer. If not, hey, come back! Thanks again for the feedback, and for your patronage. Regards, BHS
Written July 2, 2015
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Bob Q
Brooklyn, NY118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I expected to see exhibits chronicling the founding and rise of Brooklyn as a major city in the world. You know, artifacts from Ebbits field, Coney Island, The Battle of Brooklyn. As the cop at the crime scene said, move along, there's nothing to see here.

Except the lovely library. And the building is lovely.

Just call me disappointed.
Written October 18, 2019
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