New-York Historical Society Closing for Construction


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To accommodate its major construction project, the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) galleries will close to the public today, Tuesday, February 1 until its grand reopening on November 11, 2011. The N-YHS Library will to remain open until June 3, 2011, with its reopening scheduled for September 9, 2011.

The galleries are scheduled to re-open on November 11, 2011. Re-designed by Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, the renovation will bring a new level of openness to the building, improve the Society’s ability to engage and inspire the public and showcase its collection and exhibitions. Also included in the Historical Society’s transformation will be the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum and the new Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partnership, and an 80-seat Italian restaurant by Stephen Starr.



The N-YHS Reading Room and the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections will close on Friday, June 3, 2011 as part of the renovations of the museum. The facilities will be upgraded with new carpeting and the stained glass windows will be cleaned and re-installed to provide improved lighting.

There will be limited telephone reference service during the closing, and mail and email service will continue during the renovations. To email Printed Collections: reference@nyhistory.org. To email Manuscripts: mssdept@nyhistory.org. To email Graphic Collections printtroom@nyhistory.org. Phone Numbers: Printed Collections: 212-485-9225, 212-485-9226, Manuscripts: 212-485-9265, Graphic Collections: 212-485-9227. The library will re-open on September 9, 2011.

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