New Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC: Info, Tickets, Hours, Location

This awesome Harry Potter Exhibition, ‘A History of Magic’ is now Open at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library on the Upper West Side! Celebrating 20 years since the magic of Harry Potter’s books came to the US. Really cool for Harry Potter fans!

What’s “Harry Potter, A History of Magic” about? You’ll see how the magic & myth began by the author J.K. Rowling, her ORIGINAL handwritten first drafts & sketches of the fabulous world of Harry Potter and amazing unique material that you won’t find at other places! Explore the subjects learned by Harry & his friends at Hogwarts through this magical collection of the British Library & NY Historical Society.

You’ll also find the VERY FIRST BOOK of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling when she was raising money, with her own handwritten notes! Wanna also see her original handwritten charts of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix deciding what chapter goes first? It’s all here!


When is this Harry Potter Exhibition

Oct. 5, 2018 to Jan. 27, 2019.


Tickets to Harry Potter at NY Historical Museum

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Try booking your tickets in advance because they will be selling out fast!

  • Buy online here. Non-Museum members: click on “Not a member” to be able to purchase tickets.
  • At the museum.
  • By phone: ShowClix Call Center at (888) 718-4253.

You can try purchasing tickets on the day of the visit, but it’s not recommended due to their high demand.

Ticket includes the other exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society as well!

Ticket Prices
  • Adults: $21.
  • Seniors (65+): $16.
  • College & High School Students: $13.
  • Kids (5-13): $6.
  • Kids 0-4 Free! You must book them in advance.

ONLINE PURCHASE: additional 3% credit card fee + $1 booking fee (kids: $0.75) per ticket.

PHONE ORDER: additional $1.25 booking fee per ticket.

AT THE MUSEUM: no extra charge.

Free tickets don’t pay a booking fee.

Be aware: Free Fridays at the Museum does not include this Harry Potter Exhibition!


Harry Potter Exhibition Hours

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Tuesday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm.

Saturday: 10am – 9pm.

Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Last entry: 45 minutes before closing.


Good to Know…

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There’s special audio content that you can listen while touring the exhibition with Audible for free. Download the audio in advance at Click on “pre-order now”, price is $0 so no worries 😉

How long does this exhibition take? About 45 min.

There’s a Broadway show of Harry Potter currently playing on Broadway right now. How to get cheap tickets here.

For Families

Keep in mind that this exhibition is more for older kids (6-7+). When checking-in, request the Harry Potter’s Family Guidebook with games & trivia, cool for younger kids.

Find all the cool NYC Harry Potter special events they’ll be hosting at different days & times here!


Location of “A History of Magic”

At the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. Website.

170 Central Park West between 76th & 77th Streets.

Right next to the Museum of Natural History!


Links of Interest:

When Are NYC Museums Free

Museums for Kids in NY: Free Days

Central Park with Kids Guide

NYC Top Events





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