The Cornelia van Varick Pavilion

Photo: Time Out New York

Cornelia van Varick

DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New York Historical Society
New York, NY

October 15, 2011–April 15, 2017

Through authentic and unique learning experiences, DiMenna Children’s History Museum invites multi-generational families to meaningfully connect with American’s past, present and future. The exhibits, collections, programs, and staff challenge visitors to grow up with history.

Targeted for children ages 8–13, DiMenna Children’s History Museum focuses on the life stories of a diverse selection of youngsters who lived in New York City from the late 17th through the 20th centuries. Get to know these historical figures better! Each character pavilion combines objects, games, and information that help tell the story of each person’s childhood and adulthood.

Made to resemble a linen chest, the Cornelia van Varick area has kids calculating the cost of different textiles in wampum, Arabic gold and pine tree shillings, and following the trade routes that connected one Brooklyn store to the rest of the world in the 1700s.

Time Out New York


Objects on Loan

Silver 8 real of Philip III, Mexico City (Mexico), 1607 – 1614. 1989.86.7

Silver 8 real of Philip III, Mexico City (Mexico). 2011.21.365

Silver shilling of Massachusetts Bay, Boston, 1652. 1989.99.118

shilling of Massachusetts Bay, Boston (copy), 1652. 2011.21.3