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.

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

Teddy and Apollo came by today to see the goats off.  We love it when they stop at the Museum. @nycparks #vchmnyc #thebr...
09/15/2021

Teddy and Apollo came by today to see the goats off. We love it when they stop at the Museum.

@nycparks #vchmnyc #thebronxisbeautiful #nscdny @nscda #historichousecrush #historyhappenedhere #thebronx #kingsbridge #vancortlandtpark #18thcentury #colonialny #nationalhistoriclandmark
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Teddy and Apollo came by today to see the goats off. We love it when they stop at the Museum.

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

Please join us on the lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum for this special concert with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and music...
09/15/2021

Please join us on the lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum for this special concert with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Tickets are free but you are required to register in advance. Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear an appropriate face covering.

Honor and Praise: Celebrating the Influence of the African Diaspora on Global Culture

Join us for an evening of music and discussion on the intersection of music, culture, and Black identity. This outdoor concert highlights contemporary classical works by composers Trevor Weston, Valerie Coleman, and Dorothy Rudd Moore. Featuring members of Bronx Arts Ensemble and The New York Philharmonic, alongside an interdisciplinary panel of Black scholars:
Dr. Fredara Hadley, ethnomusicologist;
Dr. Trevor Weston, composer; and;
Dr. Raymond Codrington, cultural anthropologist.

Vaccination, mask, and advance reservation required.

Held on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt House Museum. Enter the park at Broadway and W. 246th Street.

Presented by Bronx Arts , the New York Philharmonic, Van Cortlandt House Museum, and Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.

RSVP- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honor-and-praise-tickets-170214759929

All good things must come to an end. 馃ズ The Green Goats will be returning to their home in Rhinebeck around noon tomorrow...
09/14/2021

All good things must come to an end. 馃ズ The Green Goats will be returning to their home in Rhinebeck around noon tomorrow, Wednesday September 15th. We'll be leaving our gates open until 7 pm this evening (Tuesday) for last minute visits.

We've enjoyed having them working here at the Museum to help eradicate nuisance plant species. We hope you've enjoyed watching them at work these last two summers.

Thank you Taffy, Leo, Sophia, Patches, LuLu, Iris, Manny, Frank, and Janet. Best wishes with your next assignments!

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

All good things must come to an end. 馃ズ The Green Goats will be returning to their home in Rhinebeck around noon tomorrow, Wednesday September 15th. We'll be leaving our gates open until 7 pm this evening (Tuesday) for last minute visits.

We've enjoyed having them working here at the Museum to help eradicate nuisance plant species. We hope you've enjoyed watching them at work these last two summers.

Thank you Taffy, Leo, Sophia, Patches, LuLu, Iris, Manny, Frank, and Janet. Best wishes with your next assignments!

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Van Cortlandt House Museum wishes all New York City scholars a curious, happy, and healthy return to school.  Whether yo...
09/13/2021

Van Cortlandt House Museum wishes all New York City scholars a curious, happy, and healthy return to school. Whether you're learning about metamophosis like these youngsters or studying local history, Van Cortlandt Park and the museum have lots to offer.

Shout out to the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections for this awesome illustration from Natural History for Children published in 1778.

Teachers and parents can contact Van Cortlandt House Museum to learn more about our educational offerings. We also recommend you contact our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance to learn about their education programs.

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@osuscarc
@vcpalliance
#backtoschool
#metamorphosis
#vchmnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC #museum
@hhtnyc

Van Cortlandt House Museum wishes all New York City scholars a curious, happy, and healthy return to school. Whether you're learning about metamophosis like these youngsters or studying local history, Van Cortlandt Park and the museum have lots to offer.

Shout out to the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections for this awesome illustration from Natural History for Children published in 1778.

Teachers and parents can contact Van Cortlandt House Museum to learn more about our educational offerings. We also recommend you contact our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance to learn about their education programs.

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@osuscarc
@vcpalliance
#backtoschool
#metamorphosis
#vchmnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC #museum
@hhtnyc

Twenty years on, under a sky equally blue hung with peaceful white clouds, Van Cortlandt House Museum remembers the inno...
09/12/2021

Twenty years on, under a sky equally blue hung with peaceful white clouds, Van Cortlandt House Museum remembers the innocents, the heroes, the bravest, the finest who died that day and have since.

May their memory always be a blessing.

#9112001 #remembrance
#fdny #nypd #nyc #fdnyems

Twenty years on, under a sky equally blue hung with peaceful white clouds, Van Cortlandt House Museum remembers the innocents, the heroes, the bravest, the finest who died that day and have since.

May their memory always be a blessing.

#9112001 #remembrance
#fdny #nypd #nyc #fdnyems

TONIGHT'S BAREFOOT DANCING PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED!  Yes, it's raining but the show will go on!  Tonight's music and danc...
09/09/2021
Barefoot Dancing

TONIGHT'S BAREFOOT DANCING PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED!

Yes, it's raining but the show will go on! Tonight's music and dance will be presented at the Van Cortlandt Park Golf House on their covered outdoor deck. Walk over to the Golf House from 246th St. and Broadway or from Bailey Ave. and Van Cortlandt Park South. There is an outside entrance to the deck.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barefoot-dancing-tickets-166696867819?fbclid=IwAR1ZVgdJE__y76FHdwFaH7RsA2pmEC2AOoSy_BvEHq-HC6SXT8ur5CjyjlE

Kick off your shoes and dance on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum.

From our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. It's a beautiful day it the park but be cautious.
09/02/2021

From our friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. It's a beautiful day it the park but be cautious.

We're delighted to welcome Barefoot Dancing back to the lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum on Thursday September 9th.  J...
08/31/2021
Barefoot Dancing

We're delighted to welcome Barefoot Dancing back to the lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum on Thursday September 9th. Join Edwin Ferreras and Edwina Chavez for free Bachata and Merengue dance instruction with live music by Are铆to Arts musicians.

This FREE event is presented by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance with funding from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

All are welcome to enjoy this fun evening. Registration is required so that we can comply with mandated Covid-19 protocols. Follow this link to register for FREE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barefoot-dancing-tickets-166696867819?fbclid=IwAR3lDIGr0R2iIrGvAkQv8lGtTWd_j2ec-pWW1bR6upcZUM_RnEEGNok8xyc

Kick off your shoes and dance on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum.

As of 1:00 p.m., the Bronx Arts Ensemble concert is still a GO for this afternoon.  The string ensemble concert begins a...
08/29/2021

As of 1:00 p.m., the Bronx Arts Ensemble concert is still a GO for this afternoon. The string ensemble concert begins at 2:00 p.m.

Our grass is damp so you may wish to bring a chair or a waterproof ground cover to sit on.

See you soon!

As of 1:00 p.m., the Bronx Arts Ensemble concert is still a GO for this afternoon. The string ensemble concert begins at 2:00 p.m.

Our grass is damp so you may wish to bring a chair or a waterproof ground cover to sit on.

See you soon!

In 1998, UNESCO designated August 23rd as an annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abo...
08/23/2021

In 1998, UNESCO designated August 23rd as an annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Why August 23rd? The UNESCO website about this day explains that on
the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) an uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade began.

We remember through bringing these people to "life". Depicted here is a representation of Piero the Miller and his son Little Peter at work in the grist mill by artist Gary Zaboly. This drawing, courtesy of the Kingsbridge Historical Society, is based on how the inside of an 18th century grist mill would have looked and research into equipment, tools, and clothing that might have been used and worn by Piero and his son.

We have yet to discover any historic images of the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family or their descendants.

In the meantime we push forward with representations such as Kamau Ware's Stealing Joy flag currently on display outside the Museum, interpretation of the enslaved people's quarters in the attic, and our latest project to recreate the clothing worn by Andrew Saxton when he ran by away from Jacobus Van Cortlandt. This clothing includes a shirt marked with a cross, presumably by Saxton as an outward symbol of his faith. Saxton is described in the advertisement as professing himself a Catholic.

As our research continues we ask anyone who would like to help guide us to send an email to [email protected] it is the most reliable way of contacting the museum for the foreseeable future.

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#remembrance
#unesco
#northatlanticslavetrade #vchmnyc #museumsarenotneutral #nscdny @nscda #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #ThisIsNYC
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures

In 1998, UNESCO designated August 23rd as an annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Why August 23rd? The UNESCO website about this day explains that on
the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) an uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade began.

We remember through bringing these people to "life". Depicted here is a representation of Piero the Miller and his son Little Peter at work in the grist mill by artist Gary Zaboly. This drawing, courtesy of the Kingsbridge Historical Society, is based on how the inside of an 18th century grist mill would have looked and research into equipment, tools, and clothing that might have been used and worn by Piero and his son.

We have yet to discover any historic images of the people enslaved by the Van Cortlandt family or their descendants.

In the meantime we push forward with representations such as Kamau Ware's Stealing Joy flag currently on display outside the Museum, interpretation of the enslaved people's quarters in the attic, and our latest project to recreate the clothing worn by Andrew Saxton when he ran by away from Jacobus Van Cortlandt. This clothing includes a shirt marked with a cross, presumably by Saxton as an outward symbol of his faith. Saxton is described in the advertisement as professing himself a Catholic.

As our research continues we ask anyone who would like to help guide us to send an email to [email protected] it is the most reliable way of contacting the museum for the foreseeable future.

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#remembrance
#unesco
#northatlanticslavetrade #vchmnyc #museumsarenotneutral #nscdny @nscda #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #ThisIsNYC
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures

Van Cortlandt House Museum is included in the "Key to NYC" vaccine mandate announced earlier in August.As of Wednesday A...
08/20/2021

Van Cortlandt House Museum is included in the "Key to NYC" vaccine mandate announced earlier in August.

As of Wednesday August 18, 2021, Van Cortlandt House Museum is required to verify proof of vaccination for all visitors over the age of 12. We ask that visitors be prepared to show proof of vaccination with their Excelsior Pass, by showing their vaccination card, or a photograph of their card. Visitors over the age of 18 may also be asked for photo ID.

We ask that you please observe the following requirements for your visit to the Museum:

All visitors, staff, and volunteers over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask while inside the site - this includes the Gift Shop/Welcome Center and Museum House.

All visitors, staff, and volunteers over the age of 12 are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in compliance with the Key to NY vaccine mandate.

As of August 18, 2021 we are REQUIRED by the City of New York to verify proof of vaccination status for visitors over the age of 12. This verification may require visitors over the age of 18 to show photo ID.

We kindly ask that you have proof of vaccination and a photo ID ready to show to the attendant in the Welcome Center/Gift Shop.

While on your tour of Van Cortlandt House, we ask that you follow the yellow arrows as you move through the Museum, use the hand sanitizer stations provided, and use the designated bathrooms.

Together we will keep Van Cortlandt House, our staff, volunteers, and visitors as safe as possible.

THANK YOU!

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#keytonyc
#covidvacccine
#vchmnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC #museum
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures

Van Cortlandt House Museum is included in the "Key to NYC" vaccine mandate announced earlier in August.

As of Wednesday August 18, 2021, Van Cortlandt House Museum is required to verify proof of vaccination for all visitors over the age of 12. We ask that visitors be prepared to show proof of vaccination with their Excelsior Pass, by showing their vaccination card, or a photograph of their card. Visitors over the age of 18 may also be asked for photo ID.

We ask that you please observe the following requirements for your visit to the Museum:

All visitors, staff, and volunteers over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask while inside the site - this includes the Gift Shop/Welcome Center and Museum House.

All visitors, staff, and volunteers over the age of 12 are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in compliance with the Key to NY vaccine mandate.

As of August 18, 2021 we are REQUIRED by the City of New York to verify proof of vaccination status for visitors over the age of 12. This verification may require visitors over the age of 18 to show photo ID.

We kindly ask that you have proof of vaccination and a photo ID ready to show to the attendant in the Welcome Center/Gift Shop.

While on your tour of Van Cortlandt House, we ask that you follow the yellow arrows as you move through the Museum, use the hand sanitizer stations provided, and use the designated bathrooms.

Together we will keep Van Cortlandt House, our staff, volunteers, and visitors as safe as possible.

THANK YOU!

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#keytonyc
#covidvacccine
#vchmnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappensHere #TheBronx #kingsbridge #VanCortlandtPark #18thcentury #ColonialNY #NationalHistoricLandmark
#NYCLandmark #NationalRegister #ILoveNY #NewYorkCity #BronxNY #MaterialCulture #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC #museum
@hhtnyc @greatamericantreasures

Because it's looking like rain again today, we're going to play it safe and cancel Goat Story Hour today - Thursday Augu...
08/19/2021

Because it's looking like rain again today, we're going to play it safe and cancel Goat Story Hour today - Thursday August 19th. Fingers crossed we can have it next week.

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

Because it's looking like rain again today, we're going to play it safe and cancel Goat Story Hour today - Thursday August 19th. Fingers crossed we can have it next week.

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#vchmnyc @hhtnyc #TheBronxIsBeautiful #nscdny @nscda #HistoricHouseCrush #HistoryHappenedHere #TheBronx #Kingsbridge #VancortlandtParkAlliance #MuseumFromHome #InTheBoogieDown #ThisIsNYC
#MuseumsSparkJoy #VCPGoats #InvasiveSpecies #EatingForALiving #BronxKids @vcpalliance
@green_goats_rhinebeck

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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

Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Telephone

(718) 543-3344

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During last month I sent you a couple of e-mails. Three times to a general museum e-mail address and once to the Director, Ms. Carpenter Myers. But I never got any answer from Van Cortlandt House Museum and I wonder why. I need your help for the academic book I am finishing. With best regards, Prof. Piotr Oczko-Morgenbesser, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
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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Staircase decorated for Christmas
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This is a wonderful place to visit! So much history here, and on a beautiful property as well.