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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. Please call (518) 434-0834 to make a reservation. Group tour rates are available for 11 or more people.


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Hours of Operation

  • Hours of Operation

    2022 Season

    May 18 - October 30


    Days: Open Wednesday - Sunday

    Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    Beginning at 11:00 a.m., tours are offered on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m. Please note: Pre-registered groups and site events will alter the tour schedule.

    All tours are by advance reservation only!

    Please look under the "Tours" tab for complete information about how to reserve your tour at Schuyler Mansion!

Fees & Rates

  • Tours
  • ALL TOURS AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE RESERVATION ONLY. Reservations are made by calling the site at (518) 434-0834 or (518) 434-0835 and speaking with site staff.

    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 the site to schedule.

  • 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 30-minute drive from Schuyler Mansion.

    Please call the site to schedule.

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

Season 2022

Schuyler Mansion reopens for general visitation on May 18, 2022

Guided tours of the mansion offered by reservation only.


Reservations:

Reservations are made by calling the site at (518) 434-0834 / 0835 and speaking with site staff, who will schedule you. Please note: Leaving a voicemail message is not considered a reservation.


GENERAL PUBLIC

Guided tour centers upon Philip Schuyler, his family, and the enslaved men and women who labored at his Albany estate. Politics, society, the American Revolution, slavery, and active family life are all topics that are all part of the Schuyler Mansion story and which we share with you. Tours last an hour.

Admission: $5.00 Adults / $4.00 Seniors & Students / Children Free (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


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

Please call the site for information.

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

 

Fri 07 Oct
SCHUYLER FAMILY REUNION
Friday, October 7, 2022 until Sunday, October 9, 2022 03:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
This weekend the Friends of Schuyler Mansion will host the 2022 Schuyler Family Reunion. The special package of events is open to descendants, current, and soon-to-be Members, as all history lovers will be interested in the itinerary! Key events will include: Welcome Reception & Open House at Schuyler Mansion, Presentation on the charitable work and contributions of descendants Georgina (1841 – 1923) and Louisa Lee (1837 – 1926) Schuyler, Walking Tour of Albany's Historic South End neighborhood and Captain Samuel Schuyler family's Trinity Place home by City Historian and Friends of Schuyler Mansion Trustee Anthony Opalka, Presentations on tracing one's Genealogy using DNA and "Our Whole History" featuring new research by Schuyler Mansion staff, Van Rensselaer historic house tours, Optional Narrated Boat Tour on the Dutch Apple. Registration for the weekend is $125.00 per person with a current Friends membership. Children 12 & under are $62.50 / age 5 & under are free. Hotel and Dutch Apple Cruise separate. To register for this event, please call the site at (518) 434-0834 to request a registration form and get payment details. Registration deadline: Sept. 23rd.
Sun 09 Oct
DUTCH APPLE CRUISE: MEET THE SCHUYLERS
Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
The river was key to people's lives in the 17th and 18th century. John Scherer, Friends member and NYS Museum curator for over 40 years, will share insider information on Albany society in and around the river! Meet the Schuyler's, hear about squabbles with their neighbors, and learn about shipping and industry along the Hudson. Heidi Hill, Schuyler Mansion staff member, will share Schuyler river trivia as you cruise along the Hudson. Option to buy breakfast sandwiches and morning cocktails onboard will add to the experience. This cruise is open to the general public. To reserve your place, please call Schuyler Mansion at (518) 434-0834 – registration deadline is October 1st. Ticket: $40 per person.
Sat 15 Oct
ELLIOTT & SCHLEMOWITZ’S PHANTSMAGORIA
Saturday, October 15, 2022 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Join us for Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria, a 18th century-inspired magic lantern show – an unearthly experience created from a form of projected imagery. Magic lantern performers Dawn Elliott and Joel Schlemowitz have built their own fantascope, with wooden track and rear projection screen, along with newly created hand-painted slides, to recreate the full experience of the Fantasmagorie. The Phantasmagoria's eerie repertoire includes a visit to a haunted graveyard, The Death of Lord Littleton, St Dennis and the Devil, and an invocation of the Devil at a Witches' Sabbath. The show concludes with a glimpse behind the curtain to reveal the workings of phantasmagoria's inventions and techniques. Elliott and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria has received the Dick Balzer Performance Award from the Magic Lantern Society UK. Program will be held outdoors on the Schuyler Mansion grounds, so please dress accordingly, and bring your garden chair and/or blanket! Event is free, but donations are much appreciated. Registration is required and can be done by calling (518) 434-0834. Event will not take place in rain or other inclement weather – please call to check! Cider & donuts! Rain-date: Oct 22nd.
Sun 13 Nov
MUSICIANS OF MA’ALWYCK FALL CONCERT
Sunday, November 13, 2022 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Thomas Gainsborough is widely considered one of the great British artists of the late 18th century, as almost everyone, art-lover or not, would recognize his 1770 painting The Blue Boy. But Gainsborough was a passionate lover of music, so devoted to the viola da gamba that he owned several instruments, and yearned to be able to have time away from painting to make music. He enjoyed the company and friendship of some of the greatest musicians in England in the mid to late 1800s, including Johann Christian Bach and Karl Abel. One of his daughters married the famous oboist Johann Fischer. He painted many of these composers, singers and instrumentalists. The Musicians program, Gainsborough's Secret Passion, will feature the musicians of Gainsborough's circle and feature Norman Thibodeau, flute; Sten Isachsen, guitar, Andre Laurent O'Neil, cello and Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin and director. For further information, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://musiciansofmaalwyck.org/.
Sat 07 Jan
“SALUTATIONS OF THE SEASON!”
Saturday, January 7, 2023 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
An evening of merriment! Once again, Schuyler Mansion and the Friends of Schuyler Mansion will welcome visitors in person for our annual Twelfth Night Celebration, "Salutations of the Season!" From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the site will host an open house, replete with 18th century holiday fare, live music, bonfires (weather permitting!), period reenactors, and wassail toasts! Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 Seniors & Students / $2.00 Children (12 and under) / $5.00 Friends members. Then cross the river, where the celebration continues at Crailo State Historic Site with Yuletide decorations, hearthside cooking, live music, re-enactors and other festive traditions of the 17th century! Both events run concurrently and a Combination ticket, which includes both historic houses, is available. Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, was one of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Dutch and English of 17th and 18th century New York. Falling on January 6th, Twelfth Night was the final holiday of the season, marked by unsurpassed feasting and revelry. Come and celebrate with us! Snow date: Sun., Jan 8th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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