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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

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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

  • May 17 - October 29, 2017

    Wed-Sun: 11am-5pm

    Generally, tours begin at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour starting at 4:00 p.m. As pre-registered groups, focus tours, and site events may alter this schedule, calling the site prior to your visit is strongly recommended.

Fees & Rates

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  • 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

  • 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

 

WHEN ALEXANDER HAMILTON CALLED ALBANY HOME

Offered Thursdays and Sundays, 2:00pm

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. Limited space. Reservations required.

How to reserve: Tour reservations accepted for the current month ONLY and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with Schuyler Mansion staff.

 

WOMEN OF SCHUYLER MANSION

Offered Saturdays, 2:00 P.M.

"The Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were actually five Schuyler daughters? Learn what it was like growing up as a 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. Space is limited. Reservations required.

How to reserve: Tour reservations accepted for the current month ONLY and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with Schuyler Mansion staff.

Tue 04 Jul
Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion! 18th century- inspired games, activities, and performances, along with Stewart's ice cream, will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Schuyler Mansion becoming a state historic site, the mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours, noon to 4:00 p.m. free of charge (children 12 - under must be accompanied by an adult).

Fri 14 Jul
Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society Annual Meeting
Friday, July 14, 2017 until Sunday, July 16, 2017
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Join Schuyler Mansion, Friends of Schuyler Mansion and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society for a weekend devoted to Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton. Presentations, exhibit of rare artifacts, performances, and some surprises fill this weekend of everything Hamilton. Friday: Reception & Lecture on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: Open house, exhibit of Hamilton related documents, and presentation by the Hudson River Ramblers (time TBD)

Sunday: Reading of the love letters between Alexander and Eliza,10 a.m.

Thu 21 Sep
Lecture: Schuyler's Canal Revolution
Thursday, September 21, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Phil Lord, a former curator at the New York State Museum, will trace the evolution of canals and navigation experiments fostered by Schuyler's initiative, first begun in 1792 with the formation of the Western Inland Lock Navigation Company. This company led to New York State's original Canal Age, which was decades before the first shovel of earth was turned for the more famous Erie Canal. Light refreshments.

Sat 06 Jan
Salutations of the Season
Saturday, January 6, 2018 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

An evening of merriment for everyone! Special Twelfth Night festivities will highlight the holiday season as it may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family in the 18th century. Come and revel in the holiday traditions of Albany's past with live music, bonfires, traditional fare and wassail toasts! Then cross the river where the celebration continues at Crailo!

Combo Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 Seniors & Students / $2.00 Children (12 and under) / $5.00 Friends Members

Single -Site Admission: $6.00 Adults / $5.00 Seniors & Students / $1.00 Children (12 and under) / $4.00 Friends Members

Snow date: Sun., Jan 7th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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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