Cover photo
Verified local business
Brooklyn Historical Society
Today 12:00 – 5:00 PM
2 followers|214,508 views
Contact Information
Map of the business location
128 Pierrepont St Brooklyn, NY 11201
128 Pierrepont StreetUSNew York11201
MuseumToday 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 – 5:00 PMThursday 12:00 – 5:00 PMFriday 12:00 – 5:00 PMSaturday 12:00 – 5:00 PMSunday 12:00 – 5:00 PMMonday ClosedTuesday Closed
Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. 

As a museum with multiple rotating exhibitions, weekly public programs, a beautiful and resource-rich library & archives, and fantastic educational resources, Brooklyn Historical Society is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.

Please note that the Othmer Library at Brooklyn Historical Society has different hours than the museum:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1pm to 5pm
Thursday: 1pm to 5pm
Friday: 1pm to 5pm
Saturday: 1pm to 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Google+ URL

Street View

Your Activity
Write a review
Review Summary
16 reviews
5 star
7 reviews
4 star
5 reviews
3 star
2 reviews
2 star
1 review
1 star
1 review
Stately museum & historical society in an 1881 landmark building with exhibits on Brooklyn history.- Google
Scrapbook photo 2
Scrapbook photo 3
Scrapbook photo 4
Scrapbook photo 5
Scrapbook photo 6
Upload public photo
Have them in circles
2 people
Tumbador Chocolate's profile photo
Sunrise Optimo Smoke Shop's profile photo
All reviews
Maya Lawrence
7 months ago
The Brooklyn Historical Society's "In Pursuit of Freedom" exhibit takes a retrospective and introspective look at black lives starting from the end of the American Revolution in 1783, through the Civil War in 1861 and Reconstruction era. The exhibit plots how Brooklyn transformed from a small agricultural town, to a mecca for business, which heavily relied on the labor of enslaved black people, while simultaneously eradicating their basic human rights, and preventing blacks from obtaining a proper education, housing, employment, and voting privileges. The theme of the exhibit focuses on the Brooklyn abolitionist movement, and centers around the lives of the first influential yet less prominent fore runners of said movement which included but were not limited to William J Wilson, Frederick Douglass, Maritcha Lyons and William and Willis Hodges, who demanded both political and legal equality for all African Americans, as well as cultural diversity. Part of the exhibit explores how one group of people were systematically "kept down" because they did not own property, and therefore could not vote, or even avoid being drafted for a war in a country that did not even consider them fully human. Yet several awe inspiring people broke barriers, and refused to be classified by these terms, laying the ground work for future generations.
• • •
Traci Cappiello's profile photo
Traci Cappiello
a year ago
The building alone is worth a visit to BHS. It's a huge gorgeous building that you can fall in love with just by walking up the stairs. I visited for a Brooklyn Dodgers exhibit and hope to return this Winter for the Sandy photo exhibition. Terrific evergreen exhibits and you'll be fascinated to see old Brooklyn. If planning a trip, be sure to confirm the library's hours because you'll get lost in there and won't want to miss the stacks of Brooklyn books. They have fantastic exhibits and are always working with local businesses to bring interesting content and ideas to the plate (like summer evenings with Brooklyn Brewery).
• • •
Paula Martens's profile photo
Paula Martens
2 years ago
The museum is terrible so do not visit, it is a waste of time and I am not being cruel or unfair. When you couple this with $25 an "hour" parking you have the makings for a bad day.
Mustapha Rahim's profile photo
Mustapha Rahim
7 months ago
I am at home in this place
Paul Brown's profile photo
Paul Brown
in the last week
Awesome, beautiful library. Free admission for students!
Gregor J. Rothfuss's profile photo
Gregor J. Rothfuss
8 months ago
Very nice building with something interesting on display for everyone.
Yesenia Persad
2 years ago
Educational good class trip but the kids should be older than 8
A Google User
5 years ago
As one interested in history in general and Brooklyn in particular, I was very excited at the prospect of visiting the BHS. Sadly, the experience fell far short of my expectations. The exhibits were -- how shall I say this?-- amateurish. This made slightly more sense when I noticed it as curated by local high school kids. With better professional guidance, these well-meaning would-be historians might have put together an exhibit as fascinating as the subject matter. And the same is true of the Society as a whole, as the other exhibits lacked the cogency and context of the many other historical museums I routinely visit. Sorry to be so negative. The good news is: there is plenty of room for improvement. Keep trying!
• • •


Have them in circles
2 people
Tumbador Chocolate's profile photo
Sunrise Optimo Smoke Shop's profile photo

Brooklyn Historical Society hasn't shared anything with you.

People are more likely to share with you if you add them to your circles.