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. Located across from Central Park in the heart of the vibrant Upper West Side, the New-York Historical Society is a beautiful landmark building that has much to offer clients interested in hosting all types of events. 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.
THE ROBERT H. AND CLARICE SMITH NEW YORK GALLERY OF AMERICAN HISTORY
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, built in 1904, 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.
Dexter Hall is the largest of our galleries and home to rotating exhibitions. 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.
THE PATRICIA D. KLINGENSTEIN LIBRARY
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.
GALLERY OF TIFFANY LAMPS
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 blue staircase. In combination with the other galleries spaces on the fourth floor, it can hold up to 600 guests for a reception.