New-York Historical Society

Meet the Presidents


Would you like to sit in the Oval Office! A special permanent gallery on New-York Historical’s fourth floor features a detailed re-creation of the White House Oval Office, where presidents have exercised their powers, duties, and responsibilities since 1909. Visitors to New-York Historical can explore the Oval Office and hear audio recordings of presidential musings.

The Meet the Presidents Gallery traces, through artwork and objects, the evolution of the presidency and executive branch and how presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role. Highlights include the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling JFK’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibits, and Lily Wong, assistant curator)


Lead support for the installation of the Oval Office provided by Ira Lipman with generous support from Richard Gilder and Leonard Lauder & Judy Lauder. The Meet the Presidents Gallery is made possible by a generous gift from Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman. Construction of the Oval Office installation is supported, in part, by public funds from Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as part of our Citizenship Project.



New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024

Regular hours are Friday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. Fridays 6 – 8 pm is pay-as-you-wish.


Timed Tickets are required

Adults $22

Kids 5-13yrs $6

Child-0-4 FREE

Student $13

Senior $17

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