Editta Sherman (1912–2013), June Carter Cash, undated. Gelatin silver print. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the children of Lloyd R. Sherman

The Duchess of Carnegie Hall:

Photographs by Editta Sherman


Art was a business and a calling for photographer Editta Sherman, who lived and worked above Carnegie Hall for more than six decades. See 60 photographs in our Center for Women’s History showcasing Sherman’s signature style as she captured luminaries such as actor Yul Brynner, Yankees player Joe DiMaggio, author Pearl Buck, and many others.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, Illustrated by Barney Tobey


Native New Yorker Barney Tobey’s whimsical illustrations bring to life Ian Fleming’s fantastic tale of the self-driving automobile that takes the Pott family on a series of adventures, adapted by Al Perkins for beginning readers in 1968. See page proofs, watercolor illustrations, and a few of the many cartoons Tobey created throughout his prolific career.

World War I Beyond the Trenches


How did American artists respond to the Great War? Explore how they used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict through 55 incredible artworks—plus see uniforms, sheet music, illustrated letters, propaganda posters, a vintage toy display, and more from New-York Historical’s Library and Museum collections.

Eloise at the Museum


Celebrate the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise! See more than 75 objects—from original manuscripts and sketchbooks to portraits and photographs—and relive the precocious heroine’s adventures through Paris, Moscow, and her very own suite at The Plaza.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times


No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy—from his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and his tragic death in Dallas in 1963. See 77 photographs—some iconic, some rarely seen—as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Centennial Summer

The year 1917 saw major milestones in U.S. and New York history. This summer we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of this landmark year! On Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 pm–8 pm) in July and August, join us for riveting programs, scavenger hunts, film screenings, and more. Plus, stop by on select Tuesdays for special programs on JFK and women’s suffrage.

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: They Made Music, Art, and War

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 6:30–7:30 PM

Author Jeffrey Sammons reveals the protracted struggle early in the 20th century of New York’s black citizens for creation of a black National Guard unit and how essential military participation was to the black freedom struggle and the fight for full citizenship.


Word for Word Non-Fiction Series in Bryant Park

In collaboration with the Bryant Park Reading Room, we’re proud to present a series of free lectures on popular topics including the Supreme Court, the Cold War, presidential biography, and more. Free admission. No advance reservations. First come, first served. All lectures take place at the Bryant Park Reading Room on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues.

A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford


As the first and only un-elected president, Gerald Ford was catapulted to the highest office facing a host of challenges—but he was determined to rise to the occasion as he had from his Depression-era childhood through his service in World War II and time spent in Congress.


Tiffany Gallery Tour

Docent Tour of the

Gallery of Tiffany Lamps


Take a riveting journey through our dazzling two-story gallery of 100 Tiffany lamps! Led by our expert docents, you’ll hear the personal stories of head designer Clara Driscoll and the “Tiffany Girls” and marvel at the glowing glass shades that exemplify this elegant American art form.

Governors Island

Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York


Join us on historic Governors Island to enjoy this free pop-up exhibition organized by our Teen Leader high school interns. Follow the women’s movement from Seneca Falls to suffrage to the continuing fight for equal rights in the workplace and healthcare in the modern era.

Family Programs

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Eloise Après Déjeuner


Spend an afternoon dining like The Plaza’s fawnciest guest! Experience Eloise at the Museum with a special après déjeuner full of treats and delicious drinks, followed by a fun story time in the exhibition. All ages welcome.


Calling all history detectives! Families will be on the case discovering the past through games, sketching, and activities in our new fourth-floor galleries. All ages welcome.

Stroller Tour Through History


Take a stroll through history with your little one! Grown-ups and their children will explore America’s past, present, and future in this lively and interactive tour. Singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries make for a memorable morning. Kids up to 2 years old.

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