Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn

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  • If you're interested in Brooklyn's history, this is the place. The building itself is a beautifully designed building. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to go in.  more »
  • this is the place to go and look, read and study. It was founded in 1863, it is a museum, a historical library, and educational center whose mail purpose is preserving and encouraging the study of Bro...  more »
  • Lovely landmark with some very good expos on the history of Brooklyn. It has a great library and is a great resource for researchers. Good book store. Very nice and helpful staff. A gem.  more »
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  • Attended a Free event for First Friday which is a new thing they are doing. Loved it! Meditation with a monk and a talk about the new DUMBO location. They also had magic shows and live music. Beer was allowed! Right now there is a must see Ellen exhibit about the history of African American people in Brooklyn. It really opened my mind. Excellent resources for looking up historical facts in the city. Meaning to do some research on my family history here. There is so thing so nostalgic and Victorian about this building that I really love. Lots of amazing, informative workshops coming up about the history as well as gentrification of the neighborhoods. Free movie events for the family. Something for everyone and this is a not to be missed tourist attraction, but a must see for all Brooklyn residents as well.
  • I spent four hours poring through old photos of Brooklyn and, to be honest, I plan to go back soon. Staff is attentive and helpful and the library is GORGEOUS. Go spend an afternoon so you can see for yourself!
  • I went to an event here a few weeks ago and the crowd was a super stodgy brooklyn heights kind of crowd. I grew up in the neighborhood and consider myself a history nerd so it's a great resource i just wish it has less of an air about it. I know they're trying though and the gift shop is great. The building is magnificent
  • Beautiful building inside and out. There are various interesting exhibits spread across three floors and a small library. When I visited, there was an exhibit on Brooklyn's humble beginnings and its history of slavery, stories on the sewers of the borough and the challenges of maintaining them, and recovered photographs showing a day in the life of Truman Capote. The museum staff are extremely pleasant and helpful. Admission is pay-as-you-wish.
  • A history museum of the former city of- now borough of Brooklyn. They have very engaging public programming. They partner with the historical Greenwood Cemetery.

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