Brooklyn Historical Society




Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights, the magnificent landmark building designed by George Post in 1881 is a unique venue for any special event. BHS’s masonry of unglazed terra cotta and repressed brick was the first building in New York City to use locally produced terra cotta. The facade was sculpted by Olin Levi Warner and is adorned with heroic busts of figures from history. Decorations throughout the building include Minton tile floors, custom made bronze hardware, and elaborately carved black ash woodwork in the library. The newly renovated Great Hall is a perfect setting for your reception with its soaring ceilings and tall columns. Enjoy cocktail hour in the beautiful Othmer Library, which features original black ash woodwork on the hand-carved wooden Corinthian columns, expansive bookshelves, as well as stained glass bay window lunettes. The Brooklyn Historical Society brings an abundance of history together with a touch of modern class -- a truly unforgettable location to share this special day with your loved ones.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Museum/Gallery, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 210 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 210 guests

Time Restrictions

Client access to the building begins at 5:00pm, when the museum closes to the public.
Vendors, including the caterer, DJ and florist, are allowed to access the building at 4:00pm and delivery of rentals, florals, and other event supplies can be arranged earlier on the event date at no extra charge.
Events generally end by 12:00am, with catering cleaning up from 12:00am-1:00am.
Additional hours can be arranged for a pro-rated fee.

Rental Fees

Private events at Brooklyn Historical Society are only available to BHS members at the "Circle of Friends" or "Sustainer's Circle" levels and are tax-deductible. We would be able to welcome you both as members to BHS with full benefits.

The additional venue fee is not tax-deductible and depends on which event space package you choose for your event.

The venue fees ranges from $2,500-$5,000 to host a ceremony and reception in either or both event spaces and includes an event block of 5:00pm to 1:00am, 8 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. The Great Hall and Othmer Library are also available to rent for just the ceremony alone. The venue fee includes a selection of chairs and tables.

BHS is a BYOB venue and we do not charge a venue corkage fee, so you can purchase your own alcohol at cost to be served by your approved caterer. You can also bring in your own cake and dessert.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Brooklyn Historical Society is estimated at between $14,734 and $27,499 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Complimentary bridal suite
Kitchen for prep only
Public parking

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
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Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
No rice, birdseed, confetti, glitter

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