Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn

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  • This is a small museum. When I visited, I was positive over asket over their special exhibition Brooklyn Abolitionists on the district's anti-slavery movement from 1789 to 1863. Finely made and a good use of digital approaches. And then there are the resort's lovely Othmer Library & Archives, which I only can recommend warmly to seek refuge in if one is near Brooklyn Heigths and need a break in a very well-stocked book collection about the city's history and culture.
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  • Exhibit and walking tour allows for introspection. Staff helpful and knowledgeable about the history. Group tours allowed by appointment.  more »
  • A recent visit to the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights led me to learn quite a bit about abolitionists in Brooklyn, the history of Prospect Park, baseball great Jackie Robinson and Broo...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Loved this museum during one of my many visits to NYC. It's exhibits are very well done and interesting as well.as educational. A worthy visit for anyone.
  • 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.
  • This was a nice, unexpected, find while meandering around Brooklyn. The space is a bit hidden but if you happen to glance and see the signs, definitely pop in for a walk through The museum is donation based (aka free), so that's always a plus. It appears to be an old home rehabilitated as a exhibition area. Each floor has a specific focus, there are four floors in all but the last level is basically administration offices. The exhibitions were nice enough, but not very interactive or expansive. The main idea is to just walk around and read the blurbs on different artifacts. The main draw was the library on the second floor but unfortunately it has limited hours and it was closed when we went (major bummer!) Overall, It's worth a gander if you happen upon it, but I wouldn't go out of the way to get here. If I find myself in the area again, I'll try to get in and peer through the library, again only if convenient.
  • Interesting and absorbing, but would be nice if it had more of the oddball and less of the excessively curated.

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