New York Before New York Tour at NYHS

"New York Before New York" Exhibit Tour at NYHS

Header Image: Jacques Cortelyou (ca. 1625–1693), surveyor, Johannes Vingboons (1616–1670), Florence, The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, ms. Carte di Castello 18

Mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch New Amsterdam with a guided tour of the new special exhibit New York Before New York: The Castello Plan of New Amsterdam at the New-York Historical Society!

  • Discover what this rare 17th century map, visiting from Florence, Italy, reveals about the lives of settlers, Indigenous people, and enslaved Africans of New Amsterdam
  • See extraordinary artifacts from New Amsterdam including documents, coins, maps, and even a piece of the Dutch canal
  • Go beyond the exhibit with a special highlights tour of the permanent collection at NYHS

About the event:

This special installation is organized around the Castello Plan, a map depicting New Amsterdam at the peak of its settlement circa 1660, just before the English took control. Through documents and objects, the installation explores how settlers, Indigenous people, and enslaved Africans experienced the world illustrated in the Castello Plan.

Accompanying the exhibition is a digital, 3D version of the Castello Plan. Created in partnership with the New Amsterdam History Center, the interactive map gives visitors the chance to explore select locations depicted on the Castello Plan, including the original City Hall, a house where enslaved Africans lived, and the trail created by the Lenape that would later become Broadway.

On this tour, Insiders will get a guided tour of New York Before New York, as well as a tour of highlights from the Historical Society’s permanent collection!

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