The Museum’s rich and diverse collection of both material objects and archival holdings are used to support the Museum’s exhibits, educational programs, and research. The Museum is home to the largest publically accessible material collection and archive holding of NYPD, artifacts, documents, photographs and other ephemera. The New York City Police Museum’s collection tells stories of the NYPD as well as New York City’s history and its changes in society over a period of 400 years. The New York City Police Museum’s collection contains things such as, original Dutch rattles dating to the 1700s, police precinct ledgers of pivotal historical moments, including the Draft Riots of 1863 and the Consolidation of what is now modern New York City on January 1st, 1898. The Museum’s collection, as stated in its Mission, “illustrates how the policies and culture of the NYPD have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the city”. As an institution we strive to educate the public, through the use of our collection, about the world’s largest and most famous police force and the city it serves.