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.

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Who's ready for a bowl of punch? One of the most popular communal beverages of the 18th century, punch was commonly made...
01/08/2021

Who's ready for a bowl of punch? One of the most popular communal beverages of the 18th century, punch was commonly made from refined white sugar, citrus juice, water, and rum spiced with nutmeg. Best made ahead and allowed to mellow, punch could really pack a wallop or punch. It was often waterered down "according to one's conscience" depending on how inebriated one wished to become.

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It's almost Twelfth Night or the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the day marking the arrival of the 3 Kings to the manger in B...
01/06/2021

It's almost Twelfth Night or the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the day marking the arrival of the 3 Kings to the manger in Bethlehem. Twelfth Night, depicted here by David Tenniers the Younger in a detail of a painting from the National Gallery of Art, was a festive celebration to close out the Christmas season.

The arrival of the 3 Kings is celebrated across the world including on the Island of Puerto Rico where holiday lights include a bright star to guide the Kings. In many latin countries, The Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magios is more important than Christmas Day with children leaving out hay and carrots not for Santa's reindeer but for the camels who carried the Kings across the desert to Bethlehem.

El Museo de Barrio has held a festive parade for the 3 Kings for more than 40 years and will offer a virtual parade this year on Facebook and YouTube at 11 am and 6 pm.

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Our top 9 posts for 2020 brings some fun memories of goats, bunnies, and the recent snowfall.  Looking forward to MORE G...
01/01/2021

Our top 9 posts for 2020 brings some fun memories of goats, bunnies, and the recent snowfall. Looking forward to MORE GOAT PHOTOS and more fun in 2021!

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Witness to 272 new years. All of us associated with Van Cortlandt House Museum look forward to 2021 with hope and happin...
01/01/2021

Witness to 272 new years. All of us associated with Van Cortlandt House Museum look forward to 2021 with hope and happiness. We wish the same for you and yours.

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'..." Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Van Cortlandt House Museum will be closed December 25th, Christmas Day. We will reopen on Saturday 12/26 for self-guided...
12/24/2020

Van Cortlandt House Museum will be closed December 25th, Christmas Day. We will reopen on Saturday 12/26 for self-guided, walk-through tours. For reservations, visit our website www.vchm.org

#onthisday in 1967 the Department of Interior added Van Cortlandt House to
National Register of Historic - December 24, 1967. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark. Such nice Christmas presents!

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We have received some rather mean-spirited criticism of our Director's decision to include a lit Christmas Tree in Van C...
12/19/2020

We have received some rather mean-spirited criticism of our Director's decision to include a lit Christmas Tree in Van Cortlandt House this year. It wasn't our intention to confuse any of our visitors about the history of the Van Cortlandt House or the introduction of Christmas Trees in America. The intention was to honor the family that lived in the house beyond our period of interpretation, 1748-1823. How did Augustus Van Cortlandt (second slide) decorate his house for Christmas? We don't have a clue so how we decorate the house is based on contemporary descriptions of similar houses and families.

The lit Christmas Tree in the East Parlour represents the late 1880's, perhaps 1887 or 1888, when the family might have been celebrating a final Christmas in the house that had been home to Van Cortlandts for more than 140 years. By 1889, the family had sold their plantation to the City of New York to be made into what is now Van Cortlandt Park. The house was conveyed in the sale with the family's hope that is would be eventually turned into a museum.

This year, of all years, we need more brightness and sparkle. Is the tree historically accurate? No, but it is essential and a gift to those who pass by or visit the house to lift their spirits.

We hope you also enjoy the festive lights outside the Welcome Center and the cheerful tree on our front porch. If our gates are open, you're welcome to see our decorations from outside the house. If you wish to visit the Museum, as long as we are allowed, we will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm for self-guided walk-through tours. We will be closed Friday, December 25 and Friday January 1 so our staff can celebrate the holidays with their loved ones.

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Looking out from the house into the cold, bleak, morning, it's hard to not think of the lives of the enslaved people who...
12/17/2020

Looking out from the house into the cold, bleak, morning, it's hard to not think of the lives of the enslaved people who worked and lived under this roof. It was their hard labor that kept this house warm and clean and it's residents well-fed. You can learn more about how the enslaved people owned by the Van Cortlandt family created moments of joy in Kamau Ware and Nicole Taylor's presentation Stealing Joy: Finding Resilience in Black Holiday Traditions available on the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance's website. (link in bio)

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If you're out in the park, stop by for a snowy selfie by our outdoor tree. Just be careful as we're not shoveled out yet...
12/17/2020

If you're out in the park, stop by for a snowy selfie by our outdoor tree. Just be careful as we're not shoveled out yet. Don't forget to pick up the Christmas themed selfie-frame from the office for your photo.

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Now that snow is on the way and the temperature is around freezing even during the day, it's time for a fun winter proje...
12/15/2020

Now that snow is on the way and the temperature is around freezing even during the day, it's time for a fun winter project. Join us as we create a ICE GLOBE GARDEN on the grounds of Van Cortlandt House Museum. It's easy to participate, you just need water, a balloon (whatever size you like or have space for), food coloring (or not), and a freezer. Fill an ordinary balloon with water, add food coloring, and freeze until the wall of the ice globe is at least 1 inch thick. Carefully remove the balloon, pour out any water, bring your ice globe to Van Cortlandt House Museum, and place it on our lawn. Make and share 1 or 100, but please join us in this project. We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Starting tomorrow, this Elf House will be out on the grounds of the Museum.  As long as the gates to our grounds are ope...
12/10/2020

Starting tomorrow, this Elf House will be out on the grounds of the Museum. As long as the gates to our grounds are open, you're welcome to come in to look for the house, pose for a photo by the front porch tree, and enjoy our outdoor decorations. We'll have evening tours next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Visit our website for more details and to make reservations.

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12/09/2020

In case you missed it. We were honored to be included in this interview with NBC NY, @morrisjumel and @dyckmanfarmhouse Thank you for the opportunity to share about our work to bring the fuller history of Van Cortlandt House and Park to light.

12/09/2020

In case you missed it. We were honored to be included in this interview with NBC NY, @morrisjumel and @dyckmanfarmhouse Thank you for the opportunity to share about our work to bring the fuller history of Van Cortlandt House and Park to light.

Join Joe Baker, Executive Director of the  Lenape Center online this evening for a presentation about A Lenape Center pr...
12/08/2020
Lenape (Delaware) Arts in Indian Territory

Join Joe Baker, Executive Director of the Lenape Center online this evening for a presentation about A Lenape Center presentation on History, Survivance and Renaissance.

Supported by Bronx Council on the Arts.

Join Joe Baker, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Lenape Center, for a virtual presentation, "Lenape (Delaware) Arts in Indian Territory: History, Survivance, and Renaissance."

This project is made possible with funds 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.

Pre-registration is required to receive a link to Zoom presentation.

Joe Baker is an artist, curator, and educator. He is the Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, CT and co-founder and Executive Director of the Lenape Center. Mr. Baker is an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, Bartlesville, OK.

Lenape Center has the mission of continuing Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland through community, culture, and the arts. Since 2008, Lenape Center based in Manhattan and led by Lenape elders has created programs, exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, land acknowledgment, and ceremonies to continue our Lenape presence. We push back against our erasure and seed the ground with Lenape consciousness for the next generations.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenape-delaware-arts-in-indian-territory-tickets-130450267261

A Lenape Center presentation on History, Survivance and Renaissance. Supported by Bronx Council on the Arts.

Stop by the Museum for a festive holiday photo on the front porch. Stop in the Welcome Center if you want to use the fra...
12/06/2020

Stop by the Museum for a festive holiday photo on the front porch. Stop in the Welcome Center if you want to use the frame for your photo.

Our grounds will be open for your enjoyment Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Museum is open Friday - Sunday for self-guided walk-through tours from 11:00 -4:00 pm. Link in bio to book tour times.
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Join @wyckoffmuseum and @vchmnyc this Sunday afternoon for a live zoom presentation about the history and folklore of Sa...
12/04/2020

Join @wyckoffmuseum and @vchmnyc this Sunday afternoon for a live zoom presentation about the history and folklore of Saint Nicholas. Free admission, register through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-st-nicholas-day-celebration-tickets-126115656323

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Although we didn't have the whole Roof Raisers Brigade here to help decorate, we did have one of the corps. Our regular ...
12/02/2020

Although we didn't have the whole Roof Raisers Brigade here to help decorate, we did have one of the corps. Our regular volunteer John is a member of the Roof Raisers Brigade and lent his able hands to helping us deck the halls today. Thank you John! We'll be finished in time for our open hours on Friday. We recommend pre-booking your tour through our website (link in bio).
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And so it begins. Our Christmas decorations are going to look a little different this year. Inspired by the hundreds of ...
12/01/2020

And so it begins. Our Christmas decorations are going to look a little different this year. Inspired by the hundreds of pinecones provided by the white pine trees on our grounds, we decided to not use fruit. It also seemed wasteful to use food as decoration in this time when so many people are depending on food banks or are struggling to make ends meet.

The house will be fully decorated starting Friday and will remain open for self-guided tours unless we are required to close by the City or State. Visit our website for updates or to book a self-guided tour.

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This weekend celebrate #smallbusinesssaturday and #museumstoresunday from the comfort and safety of home with Van Cortla...
11/28/2020

This weekend celebrate #smallbusinesssaturday and #museumstoresunday from the comfort and safety of home with Van Cortlandt House Museum's new online gift shop page. With options for shipping or pick up from the store in either The Bronx or Manhattan, you'll have your shopping done in no time! Choose from some of our best sellers such as these coasters in a classic Canton pattern from a plate in the Museum's collection.

Gifts from a Museum shop are gifts that give twice. You'll help support Van Cortlandt House and give a thoughtful gift.

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Reminder that Van Cortlandt House Museum will be closed today, Friday, November 27th. We will reopen for self-guided tou...
11/27/2020
Welcome to the Van Cortlandt House Museum website.

Reminder that Van Cortlandt House Museum will be closed today, Friday, November 27th.

We will reopen for self-guided tours tomorrow, maintaining our new schedule. You can make reservations (which we recommend) at www.vchm.org.

Thank you

Van Cortlandt House Museum located in Van Cortlandt Park in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of The Bronx is the oldest surviving building in the borough. Van Cortlandt House Museum is also the first historic house museum in New York City, opened to the publ

Even in this challenging year where many chairs will be empty, justice hasn't been equally served, and ecomonic hardship...
11/26/2020

Even in this challenging year where many chairs will be empty, justice hasn't been equally served, and ecomonic hardships are plentiful as autumn leaves, there are still things for which to be grateful. Van Cortlandt House Museum is grateful for the continued support of our wonderful community, for conversations over the fence while we were closed, for hundreds of questions about the goats, for YOU!

The Museum will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday on Thanksgiving and Friday, re-opening for visitors on Saturday, November 28th.
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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

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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(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
Chirstmas Decoration
Staircase decorated for Christmas
Christmas Decoration
This is a wonderful place to visit! So much history here, and on a beautiful property as well.