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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

 

Sat 04 Jun
PINKSTER
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Join us in commemorating the historic Pinkster, while celebrating the modern. Once a Dutch holiday commemorating Pentecost, Pinkster evolved into a spring festival celebrating cultural traditions originally brought to the Hudson River Valley by enslaved West and Central Africans and further enhanced by their descendants. The day's festivities will include music performances by Melody Africa and Pinkster Players, participatory dance, live music, indigo-dyeing and other activities, crafts, an instrument – making workshop, games, and food. The mansion will be open for Open House (self-guided) tours. This event is free to the public. Street parking only.
Mon 04 Jul
INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Monday, July 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion! Games and performers from the 18th century, as well as activities and ice cream will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday. The mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours at a $3.00 per person admission rate. Street parking only.

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