Tourist In Your Own Town

Tourist in Your Own Town #54 - Brooklyn Historical Society

Visit the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights to learn more about this remarkable borough and its people, as well as contemporary cultural and social events and issues.

The Society is housed in an 1881 building designed by architect George B. Post. The National Historic Landmark is noted for its rich terra cotta color and detailing. The landmarked interior library holds an impressive collection of materials, and features elaborately carved woodwork, original furnishings and stained-glass windows.

A major long-term exhibit includes an in-depth look at African American leaders of the borough’s anti-slavery movement. Rotating exhibits include the vibrant history of Prospect Park, rare photographs of author Truman Capote and his Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, and much more.

Plan Your Visit: Located at 128 Pierrepont Street, in Brooklyn Heights the museum and library are open to the public. For hours and directions, visit

You can also visit a new outpost of the Historical Society in the Empire Stores on the Brooklyn waterfront in DUMBO.

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Photo Credit (top of page): Ernest Tanare, Long Island Historical Society, Clinton and Pierrepont Streets, circa 1925, photographic print, v1974.031.1, Brooklyn Historical Society