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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2016 Season: May 11 - October 30
Generally, guided tours of the mansion are available to the public Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The first tour begins at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.
As pre-registered groups and special events may alter this schedule, calling prior to your visit is recommended.
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.
$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, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. ONLY (May 12 - Oct 30)
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 5/2, tour reservations will be accepted for the current month ONLY and must be made by calling (518) 434-0834 and speaking with Schuyler Mansion Staff.
Beginning at 11:00 a.m., guided tours of the mansion will be available on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.
A memorial will be held at the mansion honoring the 14 enslaved individuals discovered in an unmarked burial ground in 2005. As they were enslaved by the 18th century Schuyler family who lived in Menands (at what is today the Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park), they will lie in-state at Schuyler Mansion. The public is invited to visit and pay their respects. Music and poetry honoring the deceased will take place on the grounds throughout the day. Please note: No tours will be available on this day.
Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion. 18th century- inspired games and performances, as well as other 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, noon to 3:00 p.m. at $3.00 per person.
Beginning at 11:00 a.m., guided tours of the mansion will be available to the public on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Please check back for information about this event.