Get Ready: OHNY Weekend Reservations Begin at 11am on October 1!


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Every year, a few weeks before OHNY Weekend, reservations begin for special tours at sites across the five boroughs. While the majority of sites that participate in the Weekend offer Open Access hours on October 11 – 12, some sites require reservations be made in advance due to space or security restrictions. Information about all sites and tours can be viewed at Reservations begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 1, at


In 2013, more than 7,000 reservation slots went live on Reservation Day, and 5,500 were spoken for within the first few hours. If you’re a seasoned OHNY Weekend participant you’ve probably got a tried-and-true plan of attack for reserving spots on the tours you most want to attend. But if you haven’t participated in Reservation Day before, we’d recommend taking the following points into consideration as you get ready for the big day!



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  • Head straight to Eventbrite: OHNY uses Eventbrite to manage all reservations for OHNY Weekend; each Advanced Reservation tour has its own web listing at and a corresponding reservation page on Eventbrite. Reservations cannot be made directly through As such, the best way to ensure that you are able to register quickly for your favored tours on Reservation Day is to go directly to, where all Advanced Reservation tours will begin to be listed at 11 AM on October 1.
  • Know the basics: There is a $5 fee, per guest, for each reservation and you will be able to reserve up to 2 spots for each tour. If you are reserving for more than two people on a tour, you will need to go through the reservation process multiple times. This is done to ensure that no one guest is able to book large numbers of spots on any one tour. Once you begin a reservation, you will have eight (8) minutes to complete your reservation, so have your payment information ready before you begin.
  • Eventbrite lists tours by start time, not by title: On Eventbrite, event listings are organized according to the day and time that they are scheduled, rather than alphabetically by title. The fastest way to find the tour for which you want to reserve spots is to go to, click “Show All” at the bottom of the list, and do a search and find on the webpage for the tour title.
  • An Eventbrite account will give you an edge: You do not need an Eventbrite account to make reservations for OHNY Weekend tours, but having one can help speed up the reservation process, as Eventbrite will save your name, address, and credit card info (if you grant it permission to do so). This cuts down on the time each reservation will take to complete.



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  • Know your priorities: The more excited you are about a tour, the better the chances that lots of other people are excited about it, too. Tickets for Advance Reservation tours sell out very quickly—so quickly that staff are often inundated with calls from guests who can’t believe that tours are already sold out shortly after tickets go live on Reservation Day. Plan accordingly, and prioritize your list of tours to sign up for. Know going in that you may not have time to secure spots on every tour on your list.
  • And remember: There are plenty of great Open Access sites that you can visit without a reservation!  The majority of sites participating in OHNY Weekend have Open Access hours on October 11-12, meaning that you already have access to most of the spaces that will be open during OHNY Weekend before reservations even begin. If you can’t get a reservation for a tour, there are still many beautiful, fascinating, and wonderful places to explore during OHNY Weekend!