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Please Note: Schuyler Mansion is closed for public tours at this time. Public tours will resume May 15th, 2024. Please Check our Upcoming Events tab for information about special open days and events.

Address
32 Catherine Street
Albany, NY 12202
Latitude 42.641727
Longitude -73.759743


Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, the Revolutionary War Major General, US Senator, agrarian, and businessman. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, descended from affluent and powerful Dutch families. Together they raised eight children in this home. The home was built in a Georgian style, reflecting Schuyler's English tastes, on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Originally situated on an 80-acre tract of land, the grounds once included an orchard, formal gardens, 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. It was also home to more than fifty enslaved laborers, servants, and artisans over that span. 

From mid-May through October, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the mansion, as well as an orientation exhibition in the Visitor Center focusing on the 18th century history of the site and its inhabitants. Temporary exhibitions and public programs are scheduled year-round. More information about these programs is available under our Upcoming Event tab. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are also available. All tours, public and private, are by reservation. Please call (518) 434-0834 to make a reservation. 


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Hours of Operation

  • Hours of Operation

    May 15 – October 31, 2024

    From mid-May through the end of October, the grounds, Visitor Center, and Mansion are available for visitation Wednesday through Sunday between 10:30am and 5:00pm. 

    The mansion interior is available by guided tour Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are by reservation, and are offered at 11:00am, Noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm.

    **Please note, scheduled school programs and special events may alter this schedule. Please call the site at (518) 434-0834 to confirm the schedule and make a reservation.**

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)

    Interpretive Focus Tours

    $7.00 Adults

    $6.00 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 at (518) 434-0834 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 at (518) 434-0834 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 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

May 15 – October 31, 2024

The mansion interior is available by guided tour Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are by reservation, and are offered at 11:00am, Noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm.

**Please note, scheduled school programs and special events may alter this schedule. Please call the site at (518) 434-0834 to confirm the schedule and make 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 and active family life are all topics that are all part of the Schuyler Mansion story to explore throughout the tour. Tours last an hour.

General Tour Admission: $5.00 Adults / $4.00 Seniors & Students / Children Free (12 and under)

SPECIAL INTERPRETIVE FOCUS TOURS

On Thursdays and Saturdays, the 2:00pm tour will be a special Interpretive Focus tour instead of the usual general tour. These tours last approximately one-and-a-half hours, and delve more deeply into specialized topics at the. Topics include Schuyler-son-in-law Alexander Hamilton's relationship with the family; the Women of Schuyler Mansion; and ongoing research into the lives and stories of the men, women, and children of African descent enslaved by the Schuyler family. Please speak with site staff for more details.

Interpretive Focus Tour Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 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. 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

 

Thu 29 Feb
Hear Them Now: Stories of the Enslaved at Schuyler Mansion
Thursday, February 29, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
(518) 434-0834

Over the course of their lifetimes, the Schuylers enslaved more than 60 people of African ancestry. On this tour, visitors will gain insight into the lives of some of these individuals, including Silva, who was likely the cook and a fortuneteller, and Claas, a cart driver who escaped bondage by joining the British during the Revolutionary War. Their stories and many others will be explored through primary-source documents and interactive activities. Each tour is 60 to 80 minutes long. 

The tour is available by reservation and is held at 2PM on Thursdays and Saturdays in February. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free. You can make a reservation for the tour by calling Schuyler Mansion at 518-434-0834.

Registration: Required

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