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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From November to mid-May 2017, Schuyler Mansion will be available for tours by advance appointment only (generally 5 days' notice) and, in general, will be scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays or around interior restoration projects. Appointments made be made by calling (518) 434 – 0834 and speaking with site staff.
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.
Please note that we are currently UNABLE to accept credit or debit cards. Please bring cash or checks only for admission and gift shop purchases.
$4.00 Senior / Student
Children Free (12 and under)
Combination Ticket with Crailo State Historic Site
$6.00 Senior / Student
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
Combination Ticket with Crailo: $6.00
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.
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:
With adequate notice, we may also be able to design a talk, tailored to your special interest. Please contact Schuyler Mansion staff.
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:
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 Tour: When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home
Offered Thursdays at 2:00pm and Saturdays 11:00am and 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: Beginning 11/1, tour reservations will be accepted for the current month ONLY .....Please note: Due to staffing, Hamilton focus tours cannot be booked outside of these dates and times.