Insider Access to the New York Public Library Theater Collection


What You'll Get

Get an insider’s look into the exclusive theater archives at the New York Public Library. The NYPL has the world’s leading collection of theater history, most of which is not normally open to the public.

The library's official theater curator hosts this 90 minute behind-the-scenes tour.  You will meet in the library's atrium at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th Street and Columbus Avenue, on the Lincoln Center campus). 

First you'll learn about the history of the building itself. Then you will take an elevator upstairs to the archives, where you will don special gloves to examine rare scripts, musical scores, personal papers from the world’s leading theater makers.

Next, Doug will lead the group into the vaults of the library!  You''ll see hidden treasures rarely put on display, including original set models from your favorite shows, antique drafts of librettos by famous Broadway writing teams, and vintage show posters.

Best of all, you'll have all your theater history questions answered by a leading expert, and maybe meet some new "Theater Buddies" who share your love of history.

Hosted by - The one stop for NYC theater

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Wheelchair accessible, except for certain sections in the vaults
  • You will stand for about 15 minutes at a time, and walk for about 20 minutes at a time
  • Your confirmation email will serve as your ticket
  • Please arrive 15 minutes in advance
  • If you have any questions, please email
  • Small-group tour
  • Professional expert guide

  • Transportation to/from the library

Departure Point
The New York Public Library for Performing Arts

Departure Time

90 minutes

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