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Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

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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

  • 2018 Season: May 16 – October 31

    September
    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday


    GUIDED TOURS:
    Generally, guided tours of the mansion will be available to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., tours are offered on the hour with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m. As pre-registered groups and site events will alter this schedule, calling prior to your visit is highly recommended. All general tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groups must be reserved in advance, as per usual.

    FOCUS TOURS:
    When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home
    Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), was a remarkable political figure who was "actively involved in nearly every aspect of the nation's founding" and, as the son-in-law of Major General Philip Schuyler, was intimately connected with the city of Albany. Come join us as we examine Hamilton's relationship with the Schuyler family, his connection to the Schuyler family home, and to Albany itself. Be prepared to participate; volunteers will be asked to read quotes throughout the tour.

    Hours: Thursdays, 1:30pm
    RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Please note: Reservations may be made for the current month only.
    Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/Age 12 and under. 

    "...A Good Flow of Spirits:" Drinking With the Schuylers

    If Philip Schuyler's letters and account books are any indication, the Major-General and his family enjoyed a good drink! Want to know more? Join us at Schuyler Mansion for "... A Good Flow of Spirits:" Drinking With the Schuylers, a special themed tour that examines 18th century drink that would have been prepared and imbibed by the Schuyler household, namely Tea, Rum, Beer, and Madeira wine. Tours will highlight each of these beverages as well as the behaviors, rituals, and material culture related to their consumption.

    Hours: Thursday and Sunday, 1:30pm 
    RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Please note: Reservations may be made for the current month only.
    Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/ Age 12 and under.

Fees & Rates

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

    Focus Tours:
    $7.00 Adults
    $6.00 Senior & Student
    Children free (12 and under)

    Combination Ticket with Crailo State Historic Site
    $8.00 Adult
    $6.00 Senior / Student

  • 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

  • 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.

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.

SCHOOL GROUP (K – 12th Grade)

Tours: 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

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. Please call the site for further information.

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

 

Special Focus Tours

 

Focus Tour: When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), was a remarkable political figure who was "actively involved in nearly every aspect of the nation's founding" and, as the son-in-law of Major General Philip Schuyler, was intimately connected with the city of Albany. Come join us as we examine Hamilton's relationship with the Schuyler family, his connection to the Schuyler family home, and to Albany itself. Be prepared to participate; volunteers will be asked to read quotes throughout the tour.

Please see "Hours of Operation" tab for current days / times.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Please note: Reservations may be made for the current month only

Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/ Age 12 and under. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit / debit cards for admission. Please bring cash or check.

 

Focus Tour: "...A Good Flow of Spirits:" Drinking With the Schuylers

If Philip Schuyler's letters and account books are any indication, the Major-General and his family enjoyed a good drink! Want to know more? Join us at Schuyler Mansion for "... A Good Flow of Spirits:" Drinking With the Schuylers, a special themed tour that examines 18th century drink that would have been prepared and imbibed by the Schuyler household, namely Tea, Rum, Beer, and Madeira wine. Tours will highlight each of these beverages as well as the behaviors, rituals, and material culture related to their consumption.

Hours: Thursday and Sunday, 1:30pm

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Please note: Reservations may be made for the current month only.

Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/ Age 12 and under.

Thu 27 Sep
The Pleasure of Wine: Madeira Presentation and Tasting
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Join us at Schuyler Mansion to learn about the 18th century's most status-laden wine: Madeira. On Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Robert Engel, Historian Chef at Great Camp Sagamore and Diploma holder from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, will introduce us to the history and cultivation of Madeira wine, and its important place in Schuyler hospitality.

After the presentation, Engle will lead a tasting where we will taste all four of the noble, historic Madeira styles – Sercial, Verdelho, Baul and ever-present Malmsey.

Admission to this event is $15.00 per person. Reservations required by 9/24 and may be made by calling the site at (518) 434-0834.

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Oct
Spectres, Strange Sights, and Visions
Saturday, October 13, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Do you believe in ghosts? The people of 18th century Albany did! Join us around the campfire at Schuyler Mansion to hear ghost stories and learn about what visions of "spectres" and "apparitions" tell us about beliefs during Philip Schuyler's time. Younger siblings and the faint of heart are welcome to paint spooky pumpkins. Mulled cider and refreshments. Admission: Suggested donation of $3.00 per person. Reservations required by October 10. Outdoor program - visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets and dress for the weather. In the event of rain, program will be held indoors with limited seating.

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Oct
Fall Concert: the Musicians of Ma’alwyck
Sunday, October 21, 2018 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(814) 441-0852

The Musicians will present Nights in Naples and a Few Other Places!, a concert featuring works of Blum, Monzani, and Weber for flute, violin and guitar.

Dinner to follow at Café Capriccio. $45. Seating strictly limited, reservations necessary by Oct 18. To purchase tickets, please contact the Musicians directly at (814) 441 - 0852 or visit their website.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House