Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


Education programs made possible through endowments established by:
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:Barker Welfare Foundation  
BNY Mellon   
Con Edison  
Deutsche Bank   
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Ford Foundation   
The Keith Haring Foundation   
Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The JPB Foundation    
Susan and Robert E. Klein   
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   
New York Community Trust   
Henry Nias Foundation  
The Pinkerton Foundation   
Fred and Joan Pittman  
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner  
Stavros Niarchos Foundation   
Gillian V. and Robert Steel  
Susan Waterfall
Tiger Baron Foundation
and an anonymous donor.  


Support the New-York Historical Society

Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is a state-of-the-art digital media and STEM maker space where teens can work with mentors, meet friends, and create. Whether you’re looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you.

This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment -- from fun to professional -- to help tomorrow’s leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities.

Some Features and Equipment:

  • High processing computers with a full suite of professional design and production software
  • 3D scanners and printers to recreate and transform collection objects
  • Interactive media wall with three oversized screens for presenting and sharing work
  • Soundproof recording booth and professional editing software to create audio and video projects

Hang Out and Geek Out

Teens, ages 13 to 19, can use our space for free during our Drop-In Hours, every Thursday and Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.* Students can explore the many galleries of the museum, meet with mentors, work in creative projects with friends or independently, experiment with our digital resources and learn new tech skills.

Please complete a one-time registration for Drop-In Hours here.

*Unless the space is closed for another event or program. See calendar below.

A New Home for the Future

Our popular Tech Scholars program has moved into the Tech Commons! Tech Scholars is a multi-session workshop for high school girls that explores women’s history through web development, enhancing student knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Check out the Tech Scholars’ projects here and here!

The Tech Commons is the new hub for all of our teen programs, including Student Historians, Teen Leaders and Scholars programs. Keep an eye out for even more opportunities to learn about the digital humanities on our Teen Programs homepage!


Any Questions?

Send us an email at or call us at 212-873-3400 Ext. 356!

The Tech Commons @ New-York Historical was established with lead support from The Thompson Family Foundation. Generous support provided by The Robert K. Steel Family, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the Pine Tree Foundation of New York, and Susan Waterfall. 

Creative: Tronvig Group