Van Cortlandt House Museum

Van Cortlandt House Museum Van Cortlandt House Museum - where history lives in The Bronx! Since 1896, Van Cortlandt House Museum has been under the stewardship of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York through a license agreement with the City of New York.
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The Society is responsible for preserving and restoring the interiors, providing and caring for the collections, offering educational opportunities to school children throughout New York City, and assuring that the doors to Van Cortlandt House are open to visitors 6 days a week all year round.

Operating as usual

Back tomorrow to finish out the weed eating season ... Lulu and Patches!  They'll be here until the end of September.   ...
09/09/2020

Back tomorrow to finish out the weed eating season ... Lulu and Patches! They'll be here until the end of September. Stop by and say hi to our first pair of weed eaters.

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Need we say more?...... #tgif #vchmnyc @hhtnyc  #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappened...
09/04/2020

Need we say more?

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Mystery at the Museum PART TWO. Last week we posted about the archaeological excavations in 1913  at Van Cortlandt House...
08/31/2020

Mystery at the Museum PART TWO. Last week we posted about the archaeological excavations in 1913 at Van Cortlandt House which were thought to have discovered the foundations of Adrien Van der Donck's 17th century home. The foundation was revealed again in the early 1990's by graduate archaeology students from Brooklyn College. Due to prior disturbances, however, no intact 17th or 18th century layers were discovered.

To learn more about these excavations and others at Van Cortlandt House, we highly recommend a visit (online) to the NYC Archaeological Repository: The Nan A. Rothschild Research Center (link in bio) where a search for Van Cortlandt brings up the report and photos of 115 of the hundreds and hundreds of artifacts found on these digs.

Seen here are some of our favorites!

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Mystery at the Museum PART TWO. Last week we posted about the archaeological excavations in 1913  at Van Cortlandt House...
08/31/2020

Mystery at the Museum PART TWO. Last week we posted about the archaeological excavations in 1913 at Van Cortlandt House which were thought to have discovered the foundations of Adrien Van der Donck's 17th century home. The foundation was revealed again in the early 1990's by graduate archaeology students from Brooklyn College. Due to prior disturbances, however, no intact 17th or 18th century layers were discovered.

To learn more about these excavations and others at Van Cortlandt House, we highly recommend a visit (online) to the NYC Archaeological Repository: The Nan A. Rothschild Research Center (link in bio) where a search for Van Cortlandt brings up the report and photos of 115 of the hundreds and hundreds of artifacts found on these digs.

Seen here are some of our favorites!

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtpark #18thcentury #colonialny #nationalhistoriclandmark #nyclandmark #nationalregister #iloveny #newyorkcity #bronxny #materialculture #museumfromhome #intheboogiedown #thisisnyc #museum #museummystery #museumfromhome
#museumssparkjoy

Mystery at the Museum. In 1900, excavations for a sewer line at Van Cortlandt House Museum revealed the foundations of w...
08/28/2020

Mystery at the Museum. In 1900, excavations for a sewer line at Van Cortlandt House Museum revealed the foundations of what was thought to be the home of Adrian Van der Donck on the front lawn of Van Cortlandt House. After the project was completed, the holes were filled back in burying the foundation walls yet again. I'm 1913, Mrs. Russell Wellman Moore, a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, funded new excavations to reveal more of the surviving foundation. This article from the New York Herald describes what was found.

Stay tuned because we're going to take a deeper dive into Adrian Van der Donck's cellar soon!

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Van Cortlandt House Museum salutes the anniversary of the  ratification  of the 19th Amendment, 100 years ago today, Aug...
08/26/2020

Van Cortlandt House Museum salutes the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, 100 years ago today, August 26, 1920. The Museum is owned by the City of New York and operated in association with the Historic House Trust of New York. Since 1897, The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York has had a license agreement with the City to operate the house as a Museum.

While NSCDNY members may have been occupied with running a museum, the suffrage movement could not have been far from their minds. Women had already gained the right to vote in New York on November 6, 1917, but universal suffrage was a cause worth fighting for, especially for a woman's organization.
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Join us later today (8/26 1:00 pm) for a conversation with the goats!  Link in bio.  https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calend...
08/26/2020

Join us later today (8/26 1:00 pm) for a conversation with the goats! Link in bio. https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/greet-green-goats-van-virtual-20200826

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Aerial view of Van Cortlandt House from @PhoenixB415
08/25/2020

Aerial view of Van Cortlandt House from @PhoenixB415

@nickgolebiewski stopped by and ended up making a quick sketch of Frank and a fleur de lise finial on our fence. (Don't ...
08/25/2020

@nickgolebiewski stopped by and ended up making a quick sketch of Frank and a fleur de lise finial on our fence. (Don't you love that alliteration?) As you can see, they both remained socially distanced, each keeping to their side of the fences. You may have noticed that the goats are behind a second fence inside our wrought iron fence. This is to keep visitors from petting them because the goats are eating poison ivy while on the job. The goats have had a few V.I.P. visitors who have been warned about the possibility of poison ivy.

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@amnewyork included Van Cortlandt Park on their list of local places for leaf peeping. Our Franklinia tree is already sh...
08/24/2020

@amnewyork included Van Cortlandt Park on their list of local places for leaf peeping. Our Franklinia tree is already showing a few signs of the coming change. You can't go wrong come to Van Cortlandt Park in any season, but autumn is particularly lovely.

https://www.amny.com/things-to-do/here-are-a-few-places-in-new-york-city-where-you-can-go-leaf-peeping-and-check-out-fall-foliage/

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Pssst ... did you know it's World Wide Goat Day?  No kidding!
08/21/2020

Pssst ... did you know it's World Wide Goat Day? No kidding!

Something just about all of us can relate to!
08/20/2020

Something just about all of us can relate to!

New goats Janet and Frank have been methodically eating one particular weed amongst all the other grasses and invasive p...
08/18/2020

New goats Janet and Frank have been methodically eating one particular weed amongst all the other grasses and invasive plants. What is it? Plantago lanceolata, a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. It is known by the common names ribwort plantain, narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, ribleaf, lamb's tongue, and buckhorn.

It's amazing to watch them carefully work their way around the lawn foraging for just that one specific plant.

Meet the new kids ... Frank (bearded) and Janet. They're already hard at work eating weeds!......#vchmnyc @hhtnyc  #theb...
08/18/2020

Meet the new kids ... Frank (bearded) and Janet. They're already hard at work eating weeds!
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Bronx Park Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa and her husband stopped by Van Cortlandt House Museum today to meet their na...
08/17/2020

Bronx Park Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa and her husband stopped by Van Cortlandt House Museum today to meet their namesake goats, Iris and Manny!

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Bronx Park Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa and her husband stopped by Van Cortlandt House Museum today to meet their na...
08/15/2020

Bronx Park Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa and her husband stopped by Van Cortlandt House Museum today to meet their namesake goats, Iris and Manny!

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Join Van Cortlandt House Museum's Director at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon for a free live presentation about our Dollhouse!...
08/14/2020
Discover the Dollhouse at Van Cortlandt House Museum

Join Van Cortlandt House Museum's Director at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon for a free live presentation about our Dollhouse!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8405379774734020876

In the Summer of 2019, Van Cortlandt House Museum embarked on a project to furnish the c. 1774 Homans Family Dollhouse. The dollhouse has been furnished in keeping with the time period with furnishings inspired by the collections in Van Cortlandt House. The presentation will entail setting furnishin...

If you stop by and can't see the goats, it probably means that there're deep in the thicket of burdock and weeds busy do...
08/12/2020

If you stop by and can't see the goats, it probably means that there're deep in the thicket of burdock and weeds busy doing they job. You can usually catch a glimpse of them in the late afternoon as they quietly sit and chew their cud.

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How can something so cute be so naughty? Iris has been a handful since she discovered the bench!  Silly girl, we're goin...
08/12/2020

How can something so cute be so naughty? Iris has been a handful since she discovered the bench! Silly girl, we're going to miss her and Manny when they head back to @green_goats_rhinebeck on Tuesday. Not to worry though, we're looking forward to meeting Janet and Frank.

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Did you attend Van Cortlandt House Museum's Adventures in Time Summer History Camp?  This week and next would have been ...
08/11/2020

Did you attend Van Cortlandt House Museum's Adventures in Time Summer History Camp? This week and next would have been the 20th year of our camp program. We're missing the frenetic pace, fun, and frolic of 15 eager young campers. To bring back memories of these fun times, we'll be sharing photos from across the years. Comment below if you're a former History Camper or staffer or both! We'd love to hear from you.

Van Cortlandt House Museum's cover photo
08/11/2020

Van Cortlandt House Museum's cover photo

Unless of course the goats are AT your work.  While the director of Van Cortlandt House Museum and the Director of Progr...
07/27/2020

Unless of course the goats are AT your work. While the director of Van Cortlandt House Museum and the Director of Programs and Operations for the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance COULD frolic with the goats all day, all of us - Iris and Manny included - have work to do! We wish you all a productive Monday whether your're busy planning future programs or eating burdock.

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Iris and Manny know how to relax on a sultry Sunday afternoon.  Their goat palace was built in the deep shade of one of ...
07/26/2020

Iris and Manny know how to relax on a sultry Sunday afternoon. Their goat palace was built in the deep shade of one of our many venerable linden trees helping to keep them cool in this hot weather. It's also positioned to catch breezes from both the north and the south.

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Is it just us or does Manny have a sweet heart-shaped nose? He's only been here s little while but we're already crazy a...
07/24/2020

Is it just us or does Manny have a sweet heart-shaped nose? He's only been here s little while but we're already crazy about him and Iris!
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While much of #NYC entered Phase 4 of reopening earlier this week. Van Cortlandt House Museum is in the group of indoor ...
07/23/2020

While much of #NYC entered Phase 4 of reopening earlier this week. Van Cortlandt House Museum is in the group of indoor arts venues that were excluded from this phase. While we had hoped to be able to reopen by the time these lilies framing our welcome sign burst into bloom, that hasn't been possible. Although the staff of Van Cortlandt House Museum and The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York are disappointed at not being able to reopen, we firmly support the need to remain temporarily closed. To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, and to support the City's effort to reduce the spread of Covid19, we will remain closed until further notice. New York Forward has tentatively slated indoor arts and entertainment venues in New York City to reopen as a part of Phase 5. To learn more about New York's phased opening plans visit https://forward.ny.gov

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Patches and LuLu have a few more days at Van Cortlandt House.  They will be handing off the job of eating weeds to Iris ...
07/22/2020

Patches and LuLu have a few more days at Van Cortlandt House. They will be handing off the job of eating weeds to Iris and Manny. We're excited to have two new goats to get to know but it's going to be hard to beat Patches when it comes to cute.

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07/15/2020

There blue lace cap hydrangea has been busy entertaining bees. We love watching these pollinators in action.

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Address

Van Cortlandt Park Broadway At W. 246th St.
New York, NY
10471-4198

#1 subway to 242nd St./Van Cortlandt Park, #9 Bronx bus to 246th St. stop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(718) 543-3344

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Hi there. Is the museum's dollhouse on permanent display? I'd like to visit and want to make sure it is available for viewing. Thank you
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This is a wonderful place to visit! So much history here, and on a beautiful property as well.