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The Bronx County Historical Society participates in IDNYC benefits by offering a complimentary one-year individual membership to IDNYC cardholders.

The Bronx County Historical Society will offer IDNYC memberships to redeeming cardholders regardless of the year in which they received their card (2015, 2016, 2017), with the exception of IDNYC cardholders who have already redeemed a free one-year membership to BCHS or were paying members of BCHS since January 1, 2013.

Individual Membership Benefits

*FREE admission for one to the Museum of Bronx History and Poe Cottage.
* A SUBSCRIPTION to The Bronx Historian Newsletter
* A SUBSCRIPTION to The Bronx County Historical Society Journal
* SPECIAL invitations to MEMBER-ONLY specials and exhibition previews
* A 10% DISCOUNT at our Historic House Gift Shops and online Museum Store

New York residents with a valid IDNYC card are eligible for complimentary Membership. Current and recently lapsed (expired January 1, 2012–Present) BCHS members are not eligible, but are encouraged to use their municipal IDs to obtain memberships at all other participating cultural institutions.

Information can be found HERE.

How to Join
You must come in person and present your valid IDNYC at one of these locations at the listed time:

Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx, NY 10467
Saturdays between 10AM and 4PM
Sundays between 1PM and 5PM

Bronx County Historical Society Administrative Offices
3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx, NY 10467
Tuesdays between 10AM and 2PM

You will be asked to fill out a membership form with your full contact information.  Please remember you MUST come in person –  you will not be able to fill out an application for anyone other than yourself.


Who is eligible?
Any New York City resident with a valid IDNYC, who is not currently a member of BCHS and who has not been a member since January 2012, is eligible for complimentary Individiual Membership.

Can I apply for my IDNYC card at BCHS?
BCHS does not process IDNYC applications. Please visit the IDNYC website for information on enrollment center locations.

Where else am I able to obtain complimentary membership?
IDNYC cardholders can receive complimentary membership at over 30 cultural institutions in New York City. Please visit the IDNYC website for more information.

How many people does the Membership cover?
The complimentary Individual Membership covers the IDNYC card holder only.

Once I am a member how to I obtain my BCHS benefits?
You will receive a BCHS membership card and you MUST show that card in order to receive free admission to the museums and discounts on programs.