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Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

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.


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

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


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


Master of Arts in Museum Studies from CUNY School of Professional Studies
and the New-York Historical Society

The new Master of Arts in Museum Studies provides students with the knowledge, skills, and preparation to excel as professionals in the museum community. A collaboration with the CUNY School of Professional Studies, the program aims to diversify the museum workforce and address the needs of an increasingly diverse and engaged museum-going public.

From administration and finance to curation and education, the Master of Arts in Museum Studies educates students about all areas of museum work, including how to curate exhibitions, design educational services, and provide museum services with attention to all potential visitors.

To accommodate working adults eager to enter the field, the degree program is online, giving students the flexibility to take classes while working and pursuing other obligations. CUNY SPS online instruction is ranked among the highest in the nation, while the program’s practicum component at New-York Historical offers students the opportunity to use our rich and varied resources to gain on-site expe­rience in curation, collections management, and museum operations.

Scholarship funds are available to candidates who qualify.  

Scholarships are generously supported by Bernard L. Schwartz, Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar Tang, and Ruth and Harold Newman.


Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide one letter of recommendation.

Dates for application for Spring 2020:

Priority Deadline: April 6, 2020
Regular Deadline: May 18, 2020

Learn more and apply at the CUNY School of Professional Studies site.

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