The Brooklyn Historical Society is located in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. We visited the Brooklyn Heights location since it is down the street from our apartment during an event series the twas free on Friday evenings. The Brooklyn Historical Society is focused on the history of Brooklyn and is located in an old brownstone. The building is incredible with magnificent architecture.
Inside there is a museum, library, educational classes, and events hosted, that help to provide a variety of ways to learn more about Brooklyn. Additionally, the museum offers tours for visitors to receive additional information about not only the museum, but about the history of Brooklyn. The inside of the brownstone is beautiful, with a large wooden stairwell, tiled floors, and high ceilings with stained glass windows. The museum has several permanent exhibits, as well as rotating exhibits ensuring the each visit provides visitors with new information. The library is available for research; however, just seeing the room alone is worth a visit! The space is used for various types of educational classes, lectures, and events, including a pop-market that we visited once and enjoyed.
Events vary in price from free to $10 and depends based on if individuals are members of the society. We visited during a Friday evening free event that had live music in the library, as well as drinks, and the opportunity to explore the museum. The museum is not overly large so it is easy to see the entire museum in one visit. Our favorite exhibits were the history of Prospect Park and the Jackie Robinson exhibit. Overall, our party enjoyed the Friday evening gala that allowed us to learn more about Brooklyn’s history, see a fantastic brownstone, and have a nice little night out.