Located across from Central Park in the heart of the vibrant Upper West Side, this beautiful landmark building offers various event spaces for hosting corporate or social events. Whether you are planning a conference, wedding, or anything in between, our full service, in-house catering team will make your experience unforgettable.

 

Contact us today to reserve this iconic venue for your next social or corporate event.

About New-York Historical Society

Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society is one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions and the oldest museum in New York City. With an unparalleled collection of artwork and artifacts showcasing America’s history through the unique lens of New York and deeply engaging exhibitions that reveal the impact of history on our lives today, the New-York Historical Society is a striking and sophisticated setting for entertaining.

    • Full Building Reception Capacity Up To 1,200 Guests
    • Standing Receptions for Up To 450 Guests
    • Seated Dinner for Up To 250 Guests
    • Indoor Spaces & Ceremonies
    • Theater / Auditorium on Site
    • Hybrid In-Person / Virtual Event Capabilities
    • Iconic Gallery Spaces
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170 Central Park West

New York, NY 10024

Key Rental Spaces

THE ROBERT H. AND CLARICE SMITH NEW YORK GALLERY OF AMERICAN HISTORY

Capacity 450 Reception

With direct access from Central Park West, our expanded lobby and its vaulted ceilings make for a grand entrance to the Museum. The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery strikes a perfect balance between history and modernity. Its six original columns feature digital monitors which can be customized to make the gallery your own. Interactive touch screens and highlights from the Museum’s rich collection illuminate seminal themes in American history with a special emphasis on New York.

 

THE ROBERT H. SMITH AUDITORIUM

Total Seated Capacity: 409 guests (Orchestra: 295 guests; Balcony: 114 guests)

The sleek, modern auditorium, with its curved architectural design, retains the charm of an intimate theater experience while offering state-of-the-art theatrical equipment. It’s a perfect venue for film screenings, upfronts, concerts, TED-style talks, and panel discussions. Our in-house AV team provides extensive complimentary support, including lighting, sound, and video projection. Additional services, if necessary, are sourced through our approved vendors.

 

DEXTER HALL

Capacity 250 Seated 300 Reception

Dexter Hall is the largest of our galleries. Whether attending a dinner party, sipping cocktails and socializing, or listening to a talk, guests enjoy private access to our groundbreaking shows. When rented in conjunction with the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, the second floor can accommodate receptions for up to 600 guests. Dexter Hall houses artwork from our permanent collection, including the towering painted stage curtain, Le Tricorne, the largest Picasso on display in North America.

 

THE PATRICIA D. KLINGENSTEIN LIBRARY

Capacity 200 Seated 300 Reception

Neoclassical architecture and soaring 50-foot ceilings make the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library a stunning setting for your special occasion. Magnificent stained glass windows, gifted to the New-York Historical in 1908, create a dramatic backdrop for luncheons, receptions, dinners, performances, and presentations. In combination with Dexter Hall, it can accommodate up to 600 guests.

 

GALLERY OF TIFFANY LAMPS

Capacity 300 Reception

The stunning Gallery of Tiffany Lamps is an immersive display of 100 glimmering glass lamps, all part of the exceptional collection of the New-York Historical Society and many of which were designed by Clara Driscoll and the “Tiffany Girls” in the early 20th Century. Guests can explore two levels of beautifully lit lamps, connected by a glowing staircase. In combination with the other galleries spaces on the fourth floor, it can hold up to 600 guests for a reception.

 

ROBERT H. SMITH FAMILY SKYLIGHT GALLERY

Capacity: 40 Seated 60 Reception

The Skylight Gallery is an intimate space flooded with natural light, making it a perfect backdrop for an elegant seated dinner, a stimulating panel discussion, or a gathering of close friends, family, or business colleagues. Skylight is often coupled with the East Gallery for larger events.

 

NORTH GALLERY

Capacity: 100 Reception

The captivating North Gallery showcases historic treasures from our permanent collection in a fresh, inventive way, through both interactive media and 15 glass cases displaying fascinating artifacts. Mesmerize your guests with this unique setting that reflects the dynamic history of America.

 

EAST GALLERY

Capacity: 145 Reception

A striking, inspiring space, the East Gallery features Women’s Voices, a large-format multimedia installation from the Center for Women’s History that explores the compelling stories of women who have shaped the American experience. Also on view: the Roy J. Zuckerberg Silver Gallery, which showcases glittering silver from famed New York retailer Tiffany & Co.

 

STORICO

Capacity: 60 Seated 80 Reception

Tucked inside the landmark building, New-York Historical Society, discover Storico. A seasonally inspired eatery committed in equal measure of inventive ingredient-driven menus, traditional cooking techniques, and fresh regionally sourced produce. Not only is this a 5-star restaurant on the Upper West Side, it can be transformed into a beautiful private event space. Storico is the perfect setting for any intimate event. We invite you to stop in to experience honest food paired with approachable service and we promise that you’ll leave with a completely new way of thinking about Italian inspired food.

 

COURTYARD

Capacity: 100 Seated 100 Reception (may vary based on current COVID regulations)

Come explore the perfect intimate setting in the rear courtyard of the New-York Historical Society. This space is home to our open-air exhibition and is great for a backyard wedding or small outdoor gathering.

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