In the summer of 1862, while waiting in the telegraph office of the War Department for favorable news from the front, President Abraham Lincoln drafted one of the most important documents in the history of the United States - the Emancipation Proclamation. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

The original Emancipation Proclamation is written in pencil on paper President Lincoln found in the office. It is, in 2005, a fragile document, sensitive to light, air, and changes in temperature. It can be shown only 10 days or 80 hours each year (of which one has been used). N-YHS viewing hours are listed below; any changes will be posted on our website.

Please note: to accommodate all who wish to see this document, the New-York Historical Society will be open on Columbus Day, October 10.

Friday, October 7th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 8th - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 9th - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Monday, October 10th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 11th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 12th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, October 13th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, October 14th - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 15th - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 16th - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Museum Admission
General Public: $10.00
Seniors, educators, students: $5.00
Members and children under 12: free

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, NY 10024