About the Exhibition

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
A British Library exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, see cover artwork designed by illustrator Brian Selznick for the 20th anniversary edition of the Harry Potter series, published by Scholastic in June 2018. Plus, view Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels—on display to the public for the first time—as well as costumes and set models from the award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The exhibition is accompanied by a special audio tour featuring the voice of actress Natalie Dormer—available to ticketholders as a free Audible download—providing in-depth content on the objects on view.
 

 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic proudly sponsored by:

Book Tickets

All visitors must book a timed-ticket to visit Harry Potter: A History of Magic. We strongly recommend booking your ticket in advance; availability cannot be guaranteed to walk-in visitors.

Have a question? Read our FAQ.

Book Tickets

Become a Member of the New-York Historical Society and enjoy discounts on programs, free admission, and the opportunity to purchase even more tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

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Membership

JOIN AS A MEMBER


New-York Historical Society Members enjoy special benefits, like discounts on programs, free admission, and the opportunity to purchase even more tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, based on membership level. Select a level below to join now.

Individual – $100 ($100 tax deductible)

All core benefits for one person

  • Free Museum Admission
  • Discount on two public and family program tickets, available before general public
  • Invitations to Members-only events, such as exhibition openings and special tours
  • Invitation to join the Frederick Douglass Council
  • Membership in the History Book Club
  • Discounted tickets for gallery and walking tours
  • Invitation to the Member Appreciation Breakfast
  • 10% off at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, and Storico restaurant
  • Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program

Senior – $85 ($85 tax deductible)

All core benefits for one person who is 65 years of age and older

  • Free Museum Admission
  • Discount on two public and family program tickets, available before general public
  • Invitations to Members-only events, such as exhibition openings and special tours
  • Invitation to join the Frederick Douglass Council
  • Membership in the History Book Club
  • Discounted tickets for gallery and walking tours
  • Invitation to the Member Appreciation Breakfast
  • 10% off at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, and Storico restaurant
  • Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program

Dual – $135 ($135 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Two additional discounted tickets for most public and family programs

Family – $160 ($135 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Free Museum Admission for four children under 18
  • Complimentary tickets for two adults and two children to Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration
  • Complimentary ticket to one family program
  • Two additional discounted tickets to most public and family programs
  • Exclusive opportunity to host an on-site birthday party

Young Friend – $175 ($125 tax deductible)

All core benefits for one, plus:

  • Four complimentary guest invitations to private receptions
  • Exclusive invitations to select Center for Women’s History Salon Series programs

Friend – $250 ($200 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Free Museum Admission for four children under 18
  • Two complimentary tickets to a public or family program of your choice, with concierge reservation services
  • Two additional discounted tickets to most public and family programs
  • Complimentary tickets for two adults and two children to the Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration
  • Two tickets to one patron event
  • Exclusive opportunity to host an on-site birthday party

Patron Family – $500 ($400 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Free Museum Admission for four children under 18
  • Two complimentary Museum Admission guest passes
  • Four complimentary tickets to one public and family program with concierge reservation services
  • Two additional discounted tickets to most public and family programs
  • Six complimentary tickets to the Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration
  • Invitations to select private exhibition receptions with two guests
  • Two tickets to one patron event
  • 10% Members-only discount on gift memberships
  • Private tour for up to four guests with a Museum docent (by appointment only)
  • Exclusive opportunity to host an on-site birthday party

Benefactor – $1000 ($850 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Free Museum Admission for four children under 18
  • Four complimentary Museum Admission guest passes
  • Four complimentary tickets to one public and family program with concierge reservation services
  • Two additional discounted tickets to most public and family programs
  • Six complimentary tickets to the Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration
  • Invitations to select private exhibition receptions with two guests
  • 10% Members-only discount on gift memberships
  • Private tour for up to four guests with a Museum docent (by appointment only)
  • Exclusive opportunity to host an on-site birthday party

Gotham Fellow – $2500 ($2300 tax deductible)

All core benefits for two, plus:

  • Free Museum Admission for four children under 18
  • Four complimentary Museum Admission guest passes
  • Four complimentary tickets to one public and family program with concierge reservation services
  • Two additional discounted tickets to most public and family programs
  • Six complimentary tickets to the Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration
  • Invitations to select private exhibition receptions with two guests
  • Invitations to private curatorial talks on special exhibitions, Museum and Library collections, and other exclusive events
  • One Family Membership to give as a gift
  • 10% Members-only discount on gift memberships
  • Private tour for up to four guests with a Museum docent (by appointment only)
  • Exclusive opportunity to host an on-site birthday party

Frequently asked questions

FOR MEMBERS


I am a New-York Historical Society Member—do I still need to book a ticket in advance?

Yes. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend that Members book advance tickets online. You can book your tickets at harrypotter.nyhistory.org and verify your Membership with your zip code and Membership ID number, which can be found on your Membership card.

Membership Card

If you cannot locate your card or your Membership ID number, please call our Membership Department at (212)485-9279

When are tickets available for Members?

Members of the New-York Historical Society may purchase tickets beginning February 14 at 12 pm ET. You can book your tickets at harrypotter.nyhistory.org and verify your Membership with your zip code and Membership ID number, which can be found on your Membership card. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888) 718-4253 for an additional fee. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018.

Help! I lost my Membership card or Membership ID number. How can I get a new one?

If you cannot locate your card or your Membership ID number, please call our Membership Department at (212)485-9279.

How many free tickets are Members entitled to book for the exhibition?

The number of free tickets Members can book in advance depends on Membership level:

Membership Level Number of free tickets Member may book
Individual/Senior 1
Dual 2
Family 4 (2 adult tickets + 2 tickets for guests under 18)
Young Friend 4
Friend 5
Patron Family 6
Benefactor 6
Gotham Fellow 6

Can Members purchase additional tickets in advance?

Yes! Starting February 14, in addition to booking their entitled free tickets, Members may also purchase additional tickets. The number of additional tickets a Member can purchase depends on Membership level:

Membership Level Number of additional tickets Member may purchase
Individual/Senior 6
Dual 6
Family 6
Young Friend 6
Friend 6
Patron Family 6
Benefactor 10
Gotham Fellow 20

As a Member, can I get free tickets to the exhibition on the day of my visit to the Museum?

Due to anticipated high demand, we cannot guarantee that any tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be available on the day of your visit, and we strongly recommend that you book tickets in advance. If tickets become available on a given day, Members may book their free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of free tickets permitted is determined by your Membership level (see chart above).

I’m a Member and I booked my advance tickets. What do I need to bring with me on the day of my visit?

You must bring either your New-York Historical Society Membership card or a photo ID.

I just bought a Membership online. Why can’t I book my tickets?

Thank you for joining and supporting New-York Historical! Please allow up to 36 hours for your Membership to become active in the system. You will receive an email with your new Member ID number once your Membership is activated.

I am a Corporate Member employee. How do I get tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic?

While employees will continue to have access to general Museum admission at any time with their company IDs, reservation of timed-entry Harry Potter tickets requires purchase via the website. Corporate member employees do receive a member discount on all exhibition-related programs, and a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

GENERAL


How do I buy tickets?

Timed-entry tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic can be purchased online at below. Members of the New-York Historical Society may book tickets beginning February 14 at 12 pm ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888) 718-4253 for an additional fee. Please note that tickets are not transferable, and the ticket purchaser will be required to show ID upon arrival. For Member tickets, see our Member section below.

How much do tickets cost?

Timed-entry tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+), $13 for students, $6 for kids ages 5–13, and free for children ages 0–4. Please note that adults will not be admitted with kids tickets, and students will be required to show Student ID. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are not transferable, and the ticket purchaser will be required to show ID upon arrival. For Member tickets, see our Member section below.

Do I need to book a ticket for my 0–4 year old?

Yes. While tickets for children ages 0–4 are free, you are still required to book their tickets in advance.

Is there a booking fee?

Online orders will be assessed a 3% credit card fee plus a booking fee of $1.00 per ticket, except for kids (ages 5–13) tickets, which will be assessed a booking fee of $0.75 per ticket. Free tickets will not be charged a booking fee. Phone orders will be assessed an additional fee of $1.25 per ticket. You also may buy advance tickets on-site at the New-York Historical Society.

Can I buy tickets on the day of my visit?

Due to anticipated high demand, we cannot guarantee that any tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be available on the day of your visit, and we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. If tickets become available on a given day, we will sell them to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to visit all other exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society will still be available for walk-up sales.

How many tickets can I buy?

You may purchase a maximum of six (6) timed-entry tickets.

Does my ticket allow me to see the New-York Historical Society’s other exhibitions?

Yes! Our other terrific exhibits are included in your ticket, and you may explore them at your leisure at any time on the day of your scheduled visit.

What are the exhibition’s open hours?

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm, and Sunday 10am–5pm. The last entry will be 45 minutes before closing. Please check our calendar for occasional gallery closures and special open days.

I have a voucher or coupon to the New-York Historical Society. Can I use that for my advance ticket?

Unfortunately, advance tickets are only available at full price. If walk-up sales become available on a given day (see above), we will honor vouchers, coupons, and other discounts. For Member tickets, see our member section below.

Will you offer pay-as-you-wish hours for the Harry Potter exhibition?

Due to high demand, tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic on our Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights will be sold at full price, although we will still honor pay-as-you-wish admission for all other exhibitions on Fridays, 6–9 pm.

Will there be an audio tour that I can listen to while touring the exhibition?

Yes! Our sponsor, Audible, has produced an exclusive, free audio tour to tell you more about six of our favorite items in the exhibition. You can download it to your smart phone and listen during your visit.
Visit audible.com/HoMAudiotour for instructions on how to access the content.

THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT


What should I bring on the day of my visit?

You will need to bring your ticket or mobile ticket and a photo ID. Please note that tickets are not transferable.

When should I arrive for my visit?

We recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance of the time listed on your timed-entry ticket. If you would like to visit the rest of the Museum, please allow additional time.

If I arrive early, can I go into the exhibition early?

Due to anticipated crowds, we will not be able to admit visitors to the exhibition early. However, you may explore the rest of the Museum while you wait for your entry time.

If I arrive late, will I still be allowed to enter the exhibition?

If space allows, your timed-entry ticket will be honored up to 15 minutes from the listed entry time. However, we strongly recommend that you arrive early.

How much time should I allow to see the exhibition?

While this varies greatly from person to person, we recommend you plan on at least 45 minutes to see the exhibition.

Can I leave the exhibition and return?

Unfortunately, reentry to the exhibition is not permitted.

Is the exhibition wheelchair accessible?

Yes! The exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible, and ramp entry to the building is available at our 77th Street entrance. We also have a limited number of wheelchairs available free of charge. We strongly recommend that you reserve in advance by calling (212) 485-9200. For a full list of our accessibility offerings, visit www.nyhistory.org/visit/plan/accessibility.

What do you offer for visitors who are blind or have low vision?

Large print text is available at the exhibition entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.

GROUP VISITS


Can I book a guided tour to the exhibition?

Yes! Guided tours to the exhibition for adults and college classes are available. Please contact our Group Sales department at (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 to book your tour or email group.tours@nyhistory.org for more information. Please note, however, that we are not selling group admission to self-guided groups.

Can I bring a school group to the exhibition?

Yes! School group visits are available on Mondays when the Museum is closed to the general public. You can book a school group visit by calling (212)485-9293 or visiting www.nyhistory.org/education/school-groups. School group visits are available for other exhibitions every day of the week.

TROUBLESHOOTING


I am having a problem booking tickets. How can I get help?

If you are having a problem with your online order, please call the ShowClix Call Center at (888)718-4253.

I am a Member and I’m having trouble verifying my Membership. How can I get help?

If you are having a problem verifying your Membership or finding your Member ID number, please call the New-York Historical Society Membership Department at (212)485-9279.

I booked a ticket but can no longer make it. Can I get a refund?

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

I bought my ticket for the wrong date or time. Can I switch?

If you have discovered your error within 48 hours of your order, you may swap times by calling the ShowClix Call Center at (888)718-4253. After 48 hours, your order cannot be changed.

Can I give my tickets to a friend or resell them?

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. The ticket purchaser must be on site on the day of your visit.

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