Family Benefit Party - History Surprises! at New-York Historical Society

01/25/14 11am-2pm 170 Central Park West Map
212-873-3400 Ages: All Ages $75 Child, $150 Adult

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The DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society is having its second annual Family Benefit Party - History Surprises! Parents and their children (ages 4-14) will discover the past together, with tailor-made and meaningful hands-on activities, experiences, and food. As part of the fun-packed events, kids will uncover the shock of Cubist art, attend a ground-breaking African Free School, visit a life-altering Civil War recruitment office, and discover the new American game of baseball. 

Families will also have the opportunity to take over the New-York Historical Society's magnificent galleries and explore special exhibitions on view, including Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America and The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution.

The event will help the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children's History Museum to continue to provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for children and families to discover our nation's history. Through interactive museum experiences and unique family programming, as well as school programs serving students in school and in the museum, the New-York Historical Society annually serves more than 40,000 family visitors, 200,000 New York City school students, and thousands of teachers. In addition, the Family Benefit helps the New-York Historical Society care for a priceless collection, made fully accessible to the public.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 212-485-9279 or e-mail

Venue Description: Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in New York and serves as the collective memory of the city. The N-YHS offers a vast collection of American painting, sculpture, photographs, books, manuscripts, antique coaches and fire engines, works by Tiffany and more. Several exhibitions are featured yearly, as well as lectures and educational programs. Don't miss four centuries of museum collections--Tiffany lamps, furniture and paintings in the Henry Luce III Center for American Culture. It is a not-to-be-missed location while visiting New York City.

The New-York Historical Society is located in a landmark building at 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street. It is open to the general public Tuesday through Sunday and on selected holiday Mondays. It is also open on Mondays during special exhibitions for school and adult groups. N-YHS facilities, galleries and auditorium are wheelchair accessible; a wheelchair accessible entrance is located at 2 West 77th Street. The N-YHS provides guided tours of the galleries several times a day and special tours for small and large groups may be arranged.

Visiting the Society: The New-York Historical Society is open to the general public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; we offer free admission on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

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