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Address: 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711
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12:00 - 17:00
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Combination museum, library and educational center which explores works of...

Combination museum, library and educational center which explores works of art and historical documents that represent Brooklyn's diverse cultures and society, past and present.

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Beautiful place for a conference

I visited the Brooklyn Historical society for a work conference. It was a beautiful venue for a business meeting. The location was perfect and offered a nice place to walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Brooklyn Historical society for a work conference. It was a beautiful venue for a business meeting. The location was perfect and offered a nice place to walk between sessions. It is just a few blocks from the Brooklyn Promenade where you can get an amazing view of Manhattan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Gave another perspective to the history of Brooklyn - in all my visits to New York had always focussed on Manhattan and never found time for Brooklyn; this changed all my thoughts of its history and gave me another understanding of its background and importance, particularly in relation to the Civil War and fights for freedom and equality - loved... More 

Thank RonWamberal
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a small museum just off the center of downtown. An easy walk from subway or bus. Several floors of exhibits. We enjoyed pictures from a photographer who had walked around Brooklyn with Truman Capote. They also had a gallery of photos of hunger in the city. The main hall was about slavery and abolition. The building is nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Brooklyn (from Australia) to visit our son and family and decided to go to the Brooklyn Historical Society premises in the next street. We were delighted to find out about this georgeous building being purpose built for its current use. And that the interior is as gracious as the façade. The wood panelled library is one of... More 

Thank John M
Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were visiting Brooklyn for a concert and decided to walk around for the afternoon. After being rained on for too long we happened upon the Brooklyn Historical Society and decided to check it out to get out of the rain. The building is beautiful and enjoyable to walk through even if we didn't look at any exhibits. We thoroughly... More 

Thank Shirley E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Brooklyn Historical Society's "In Pursuit of Freedom" exhibit takes a retrospective and introspective look at black lives starting from the end of the American Revolution in 1783, through the Civil War in 1861 and Reconstruction era. The exhibit plots how Brooklyn transformed from a small agricultural town, to a mecca for business, which heavily relied on the labor of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Brooklyn Historical Society is a treasure -- both its excellent exhibitions and its amazing research library. I have gone several times to visit exhibitions, and each time I have learned a great deal and been deeply impressed by the collection and by the staff's professional and creative curating. If you are at all interested in Brooklyn, you owe yourself... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The building which was built in the 1870's, has always been the Historical Society's Home. The Othmer Library is impressive, open to the public, but unfortunately closed the entire month of August. Currently there's an exhibit of "Truman Capote's Brooklyn, The Last Photographs of David Attie". Somewhat interesting. I would recommend asking for a tour of Brooklyn's role as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This museum is in it original structure. Quite impressive. We lucked into a fabulous walking tour which brought the building to life. The library is quite amazing. We looked at maps and building locations in an area that my son lives in and were astounded at the transition over the years. It is a great way to spend a few... More 

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mduncanbhs, Public Relations Manager at Brooklyn Historical Society, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! It's wonderful that you got to check out the library and actually see maps of where your son lives. We hope that you come back again soon! More 

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