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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

  • 2019 Season: May 15 – October 31

    Site is open Wednesday – Sunday

    Hours:
    May & June 2019: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    July & August 2019: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    September & October 2019: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    Tour Times:

    --May & June: Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.

    --July & August: Tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Please note: The last tour on Sundays during these two months, will be at 3:00 p.m.

    --September & October: Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.

    Generally, tours begin at the above listed hours; however, please note that pre-registered groups and special events will alter the tour schedule. Please note: It is highly recommended to call the site prior to your visit to check for any tour schedule alterations.


    Tour Info:

    • All tours at Schuyler Mansion are guided tours. Visitors may enter the house only when accompanied by staff.
    • General tours last an hour.
    • General tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Schuyler Mansion does not take reservations for general tours.

    Please call the site at (518) 434 – 0834 if you have further questions about Schuyler Mansion's open hours or tours.

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.

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

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

    Focus Tours:
    $7.00 Adults
    $6.00 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

  • 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.

Tours

General Public

  • General Tours
    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 and together, they raised eight children in the home. Learn about the time they lived here, when the mansion was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs, and active family life.
  • Special Focus Tours 2019

    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.

  • 2019 Schedule:
    May & June: Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.
    July & August: Thursdays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m.
    September & October: Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. 
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and are made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Reservations accepted for the current month only. Please note: We do not accept reservations made on the site's Twitter or Facebook page.
  • Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/ Age 12 and under.

    Focus Tour: Women of Schuyler Mansion
    The Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five Schuyler sisters? Learn what it was like growing up Schuyler, as Schuyler Mansion presents an in depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their family's history. Be prepared to participate - your interpreter will ask volunteers to read quotes by, and about, these historic women.
  • 2019 Schedule:
    May & June: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.
    July & August: Wednesday and Fridays, 2:30 p.m.
    September & October: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. 
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and are made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with site staff. Reservations accepted for the current month only. Please note: We do not accept reservations made on the site's Twitter or Facebook page.
  • Admission: $7/Adult, $6/Senior, $6/Student. Free/ Age 12 and under.

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

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

Independence Day!
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
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Enjoy an old fashioned American Independence Day celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion! 18th century- inspired games, activities, and performers, along with free Stewart's Shops ice cream will be offered to commemorate this important holiday. The event is free and open to the public.

Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a day filled with live music and entertainment, including feats of balance and daring by the Stephen Gratto Variety Show, an 18th century Punch & Judy Puppet Show by the Punch Bowl Sisters, and hear stirring music by Rural Felicity Fife & Drum Corps! There will be a variety of activities that may be sampled throughout the afternoon and demonstrations of tin-smithing, candle-dipping and natural dying.

The mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours, noon to 4:00 p.m. Open House admission: $3.00 per person (12 and under free). All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult!

Friends of Schuyler Mansion Fundraiser Event
Thursday, August 1, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Spend a summer evening in the garden with the Friends of Schuyler Mansion and help support the site's educational programs and restoration projects. Guests will enjoy a catered reception, an 18th-century-inspired Wine Pull, Silent Auction; "The Sincerity of My Affections: The Whirlwind Courtship of Alexander and Eliza, a museum theatre piece staged in the mansion, and more agreeable diversions. Entry to the mansion will be via timed ticket. Tickets are $50 per person and are available for purchase at: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/the-sincerity-of-my-affections-the-whirlwind-courtship-of-alexander-and-eliza-2138744644  

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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