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Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

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Tours will resume at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Due to the continuing risk the COVID-19 virus poses, Schuyler Mansion has adjusted operations to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes the following:
  • The Visitors Center exhibit will not be available.
  • All tours will be an Open House format (guided tours not possible at this time).
  • Open House tours available by advanced reservation ONLY (please see more info about how to make a reservation under the "Tours" tab)
  • Any Open House tour will be limited to 10 people.
  • The Gift Shop will not be available for purchases. However, sale items will soon be available on the Friends of Schuyler Mansion website.
  • Expected adherence to site Safety Policies and Protective Measures – please find these under the "Hours of Operation" and "Tours" tab.

Address
32 Catherine Street
Albany, NY 12202
Latitude 42.641727
Longitude -73.759743

Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, the renowned Revolutionary War general, US Senator, and business entrepreneur. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, descended from affluent and powerful Dutch families. Together they raised eight children in this home. The Georgian structure, reflecting Schuyler's English tastes - was built on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Originally situated on an 80-acre tract of land, the grounds once included an orchard, a formal garden, and a working farm. Throughout the Schuyler family occupancy from 1763-1804, the mansion was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs, and an active family life. The wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780. Today, visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the mansion as well as an orientation exhibition in the Visitor Center focusing on Philip Schuyler's life. Temporary exhibitions and public programs are scheduled year-round. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation. Group tour rates are available for 10 or more people.


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Hours of Operation

  • 2020 Hours of Operation

    July 22 – October 31st

    Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Please read through the COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures:

  • Safety Policies
    Before Making a reservation please ask yourself:
    • Within the last 14 days, have you traveled from a state that is currently experiencing significant community spread of COVID-19?
    • Have you, or anyone in your residence, come into close contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days?
    • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing a fever?
    • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing symptoms of a lower respiratory illness, including new or worsening:

      • Shortness of breath or coughing, Troubled breathing, Chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, Loss of taste or smell
    • If you answered 'Yes' to any of the above -please do not enter Schuyler Mansion. We are happy to refund your reservation.
    • During your visit, we require you to follow protective measures as outlined be the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New York, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NYS Governor's Office. These measures are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms as new information becomes available.
  • Protective measures include:
    • Visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to properly wear a face covering (over nose and mouth) at all times while in any interior spaces (mansion, Visitor Center, bathrooms).
    • For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.
    • Visitors must wear protective plastic gloves in order to access the mansion second floor.
    • All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.

Fees & Rates

  • Tours
  • General Tours
    $5.00 Adults
    $4.00 Senior / Student
    Children Free (12 and under)

  • Groups
  • School Groups (K - 12): $1.00 per child (Group leader and required chaperones comp) OR $ 20.00 minimum fee per group

    Other Groups: $4.00 per person (Group leader and bus driver comp) OR $20.00 minimum fee per group

    Please call – Governor directives or other factors related to COVID-19 may affect Groups.

  • Outreach
  • School groups (K - 12): $30.00 per class OR $1.00 per child (Teachers / Aides comp). For schools, one classroom equals one presentation.

    Other Groups: $30.00 per presentation. Outreach programs limited to 45-minute drive from Schuyler Mansion.

    Please call – Governor directives or other factors related to COVID-19 may affect Groups.

Adult Programs

Tours: $4.00 per person (complimentary admission for the group leader and bus driver). Guided tours of the mansion are available year round to groups of 10 to 30 people by advance reservation. Groups larger than 30 people will be offered an in-depth introduction and an Open House (self-guided) format. Questions? Please contact Schuyler Mansion staff.


Presentation Fee: $30.00 per presentation

Schuyler Mansion interpretive staff is available to speak at a meeting of your civic organization, historical society, or other group.

Currently, Powerpoint presentations include:

  • Tour of Schuyler Mansion
  • The Restoration of Schuyler Mansion
  • Ladies of Schuyler Mansion

With adequate notice, we may also be able to design a talk, tailored to your special interest. Please contact Schuyler Mansion staff.

School Programs

Tours: $1.00 per child (complimentary admission for the group leader and required chaperones). Required chaperones: 2 chaperones per 10 children.

Guided tours highlight the lives and lifestyle of Philip and Catharine (Van Rensselaer) Schuyler, one of 18th century Albany's wealthiest and most influential families. Social status, education, entertainment, slavery, and the American Revolution are all part of the Schuyler Mansion story. Tours for grades 3 through 6 include quill pen writing and generally require 1 1/4 hours (additional time may be required for Gift Shop purchases).

Tours scheduled jointly with Crailo State Historic Site (Rensselaer) will provide a well-rounded educational program comparing 17th century Dutch colonial and 18th century English colonial / early American life.

Outreach Programs in the Classroom

Fee: $1.00 per child (minimum $30.00 per classroom/per presentation).

Programs currently available:

  • Coping with Life's "Necessaries:" Cleanliness and Sanitation in the 18th Century
    Through object-based learning and a Power Point presentation and object- based learning, students learn how individuals in the 18th-century met some of their most basic needs. Duration: 1 hour
  • Exploring Colonial Life
    Through DocumentsUsing samples from the Schuyler Papers, students discover what primary source documents tell us about colonial life. Duration: 1 hour
  • Playing in the Past
    Using reproductions, this hands-on program explores toys and games enjoyed by 18th century children. Duration: 1 hour
  • Sea Captain, Slave and Soldier: A Map of Albany's People
    Students working in teams use reproduction documents to reconstruct the lives of colonial Albany's people. Duration: 1 1/4 hour
    FEE: The school outreach program fee is $1.00 per student (minimum $30.00 per classroom/per presentation). Bookings are limited to 45-minute drive from Schuyler Mansion. Schuyler Mansion's school educational programs incorporate the NYS Learning Standards for the Social Studies Curriculum. We are approved by the Capital Region BOCES and Questar III Arts-in-Education Enrichment programs. Contact your school representative for funding opportunities.

Tours

General Public

  •  For the 2020 season, tours will be available by advance reservation ONLY
  • All tours will be a directed Open House format and will be 45 minutes in duration.
  • Tours will be limited to 10 people.
  • Tour schedule: Beginning at 11:00 a.m., Open House tours are offered on the hour, with the last at 4:00 p.m.

Please read through the COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures before making your reservation:

Safety Policies

Before making a reservation please ask yourself:

  • Within the last 14 days, have you traveled from a state that is currently experiencing significant community spread of COVID-19?
  • Have you, or anyone in your residence, come into close contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing a fever?
  • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing symptoms of lower respiratory illness, including new or worsening:
    • Shortness of breath or coughing
    • Troubled breathing
    •  Chills
    •  Muscle pain
    •  Headache
    •  Sore throat
    •  Loss of taste or smell

If you answered ‘Yes' to any of the above - please do not enter Schuyler Mansion. We are happy to refund your reservation.

During your visit, we require you to follow protective measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New York, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NYS Governor's Office. These measures are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms as new information becomes available.

Protective measures include:

  • Visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to properly wear a face covering (over nose and mouth) at all times while in any interior spaces (mansion, Visitor Center, bathrooms).
  • For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.
  •  Visitors must wear protective plastic gloves in order to access the mansion second floor.
  •  All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.

Reserving and purchasing a ticket constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of the site's COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures.

Reservations:
Reservations are made by calling the site at (518) 434 – 0834 or (518) 434 – 0835 and speaking with a staff member who will assist you.



SCHOOL GROUPS (K - 12th Grade)

Guided tours highlight the lives and lifestyle of Philip and Catharine (Van Rensselaer) Schuyler, one of 18th century Albany's wealthiest and most influential families. Social status, education, entertainment, slavery, and the American Revolution are all part of the Schuyler Mansion story. Tours for grades 3 through 6 include quill pen writing and generally require 1 1/4 hours.
Chaperones: 2 chaperones per 10 children required

Admission: $1.00 per child
No fee: Teacher / Group Leader / Required chaperones
$4.00: Extra adults (beyond required chaperone #)
Minimum fee per group: $20.00

Please call the site for the most recent COVID-19 related updates.


GROUPS (Any group other than K-12)
Youth Groups, College, Seniors, Other Organizations, etc.

Tours: Guided tours of Schuyler Mansion for groups of ten to approximately thirty-five people are available year-round by advance reservation. For groups larger than thirty-five people, Schuyler Mansion can offer an in-depth introduction and a self-guided open house format. During an open house, staff will always be available on both floors to answer questions and direct the group. Guided tours and open houses generally require 1 hour.

Admission: $4.00 per person (complimentary admission for tour leader and bus driver). Minimum fee per group: $20.00

Please call the site for the most recent COVID-19 related updates.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)