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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. 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

    As of Nov 1, 2021, Schuyler Mansion is now closed for the season and will re-open for general visitation mid-May 2022. Please check back for information about special events and virtual programs.

  • Safety Policies
    If you do not feel well, please do not visit Schuyler Mansion. We are happy to reschedule you for another time.

    • Visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to wear a face covering over nose and mouth while in any interior spaces (Welcome Tent, mansion, Visitor Center, bathrooms).
    • For your convenience, hand sanitizer stations will be available
    • Visitors must wear protective plastic gloves to access the mansion second floor.
    • All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.

  • During your visit, Schuyler Mansion will require adherence to our site safety policies. These are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms as new information becomes available.

Fees & Rates

  • Tours
  • TOURS WILL BE 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 - Governor directives or other factors related to COVID-19 may affect Groups.

  • 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.

    Please call - Governor directives or other factors related to COVID-19 may affect Groups.

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

Winter 2021 - 2022

GENERAL PUBLIC

Schuyler Mansion is closed for the season and will reopen for general visitation mid-May 2022.

To ensure the continued health and safety of visitors and staff, Schuyler Mansion will require adherence to our site safety policies. These are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms as new information becomes available.

Safety policies include:

  • Visitors over the age of 2 years old need to wear a face covering over nose and mouth while in any interior spaces (mansion, Visitor Center, bathrooms).
  • For your convenience, hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • While in interior spaces, all family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and Schuyler Mansion staff.

Reserving and purchasing a ticket constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of these policies.

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

Schuyler Mansion hopes to accept school groups in Spring 2022


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

 
Schuyler Mansion hopes to accept group tours in Spring 2022.

November Open Day!

On Saturday, Nov 27, 2021, Schuyler Mansion will offer a limited number of mansion tours (this day only). Tours available by ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLY. 

Tour Schedule: 
11:00 a.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 

To make a reservation, please call the site at (518) 434-0834 and speak with site staff, who will schedule you. As spots on each tour are very limited, we ask that you be considerate and reserve only the exact # of spots you need. 

Please note: Leaving a voicemail message is NOT considered a reservation and will NOT reserve your tour spot. 

Tour not an option? Our Visitors Center will also be open on this day! Take this opportunity to explore the exhibit as well as the  gift shop (holidays are just around the corner)!

Policy: Unvaccinated people need to wear masks where a 6-foot social distance space cannot be maintained and in all interior spaces.

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