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Brooklyn Historical Society

Closed Now: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Combination museum, library and educational center which explores works of art and historical documents that represent Brooklyn's diverse cultures and society, past and present.
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128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711
+1 718-222-4111
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

Interesting place with quite a lot of history of Brooklyn We went using Culturepass from New York Library. Small but fascinating.

Thank Cassysj
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is a beautiful building hidden in the midst of the Brooklyn brownstones - a place of peace and information and learning. The library is amazing - such a style of old fashioned book appreciation. There is a small exhibition to wet your appetite which...More

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Take the stairs or the elevator to the roof and you can see the skyline of Manhattan and so much more. The nearby garden is delightful in the summer and the carousel around the corner is a classic. The museum itself was closed, but the...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed July 8, 2018

I found the DUMBO branch by accident and found it interactive and kid-friendly. The display is small so I asked and the staff gave me directions to the main branch, a 10 minute walk into the Heights. Inexpensive and the museum deals with different aspects...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed June 5, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon wandering the halls and rooms of this lovely place. Very educational and you get a real sense of what life was like for all the people that first populated the Brooklyn area. There is a second site at Dumbo you...More

Thank grahambyrnes
Reviewed May 27, 2018

This historical society is definitely worth the walk! Each floor offers a variety of memorabilia from different time periods...including a fascinating display of Jackie Robinson. The library is stunning and was our favorite feature! It's nice to see such care being taken with the building...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

The layout and presentation of materials and content is so professional and clear. The information is concise and interesting and doesn't leave you feeling bored. There's so many little surprising facts. Also the pay what you want entry fee is very appreciated when you are...More

Thank Will O
Reviewed November 19, 2017

Exhibit and walking tour allows for introspection. Staff helpful and knowledgeable about the history. Group tours allowed by appointment.

Thank Gail M
Reviewed November 15, 2017

A recent visit to the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights led me to learn quite a bit about abolitionists in Brooklyn, the history of Prospect Park, baseball great Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Heights in Truman Capote's time of the late 1950s. The building is...More

Thank nyceve2017
Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

I learned so much in my recent visit here about how the Dutch settled Brooklyn and Manhattan, and how that history has been erased. I was very impressed by the exhibition created by Brooklyn high school students on the third floor! Be sure to check...More

Thank Rachel M
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