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Senate House State Historic Site

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Senate House has re-opened for tours at a limited capacity consistent with agency guidance due to COVID-19. The museum building will be limited to 23 people at one time, and tours will be limited to 4 visitors at a time. Staff will be following enhanced cleaning protocols. Masks or face-coverings will be required to enter our buildings, and we respectfully request that visitors maintain a distance of 6 feet from staff and others when at all possible. Please note that some services may not be available at this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Please contact us if you have any questions.

296 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
Latitude 41.935143
Longitude -74.018608

Amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion in the fall of 1777, the elected representatives of rebellious New Yorkers met in Kingston to form a new state government. While convened in Kingston in September and October, New York's first Senate met in the simple stone house of merchant Abraham Van Gaasbeek.

In 1887, to recognize Senate House's role in the formation of New York State, New York State acquired the property, which quickly became a vital community museum. A two-story Museum Building was constructed in 1927 to house and display the site's burgeoning collection. Among its treasures are: major art works by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston. The museum also includes the site's popular new exhibit; "Kingston Stockade: New Netherlands' Third City," discussing Kingston's early history.

Hours of Operation

  • Group tours are offered year-round, but must be scheduled in advance.

    Site grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
  • April 24 through October 31
    Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
    Also open from 1pm-5pm on Memorial Day and Independence Day.

    Site is open year-round by appointment.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Tour of Senate House and Museum Admission
  • Adult - $4
    Sr (62+) - $3
    12 & under - free
    Group Tours - $3 per person
    School Group Lesson - $3
    School Outreach Lesson - $3

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Re-enactments (Accessible)
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center