Announcements

***Please note the Red Barn is closed for repairs.***

On site purchases may only be made with cash or check as our credit card terminal is temporarily disabled. Credit cards may be used on the website. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm.

The 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm tours are the standard house tour.

The 2pm tour is our daily thematic tour. Please check the calendar for details.

On Saturdays we offer a special 25-minute Highlights Tour at 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:30am.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance.

The Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 4pm. On Saturdays, the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center opens at 10am.

The Discovery Centers are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.





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Guided Tours
Open for a regular schedule of docent-led tours, historic Bedford House has been restored to reflect its 1820s appearance during John Jay's lifetime.
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Upcoming Events

Holiday Tour

  • December 14, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 14, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at John Jay Homestead with a guided tour of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focused on the holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket for admittance, even if there is no fee associated with their ticket. Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.

The Holiday Tour is offered Thursday through Saturday at 1pm, 3pm throughout the month of December.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour to watch our orientation video shown in the Glass Porch of the Historic House Museum. Tours leave promptly as scheduled. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • December 14, 20191:00 pm–2:00 pm
  • December 14, 20193:00 pm–4:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & George Washington

  • December 14, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

220 years ago, on December 14th, George Washington died at the age of 69.  This tour will discuss how John Jay and George Washington worked together to help build the new nation and shape its identity on the world stage.  It will also explore the enduring friendship between the two men.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket for admittance, even if there is no fee associated with their ticket. Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.


  • December 14, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Candlelight Tour

  • December 14, 20195:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • December 14, 20195:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • December 14, 20196:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • December 14, 20196:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • December 14, 20197:00 pm–8:00 pm

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours of John Jay’s historic Bedford House focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s.

The number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited. We strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are not refundable.

The Candlelight Tours are offered on select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm.

***Please make sure you are purchasing tickets for the correct day and time***

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your tour. Tours leave promptly as scheduled from the Ballroom. You may not join a tour once it is in progress.


  • December 14, 20195:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • December 14, 20195:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • December 14, 20196:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • December 14, 20196:30 pm–7:30 pm
  • December 14, 20197:00 pm–8:00 pm
Object of the Week
Piano Sewing Box

This piano-shaped necessaire, a small box for holding personal items, was made in France around 1825. It doubles as a sewing kit and music box. The top layer holds scissors, a needle case, a thimble, a hook crochet bodkin, a round winder, two matching reels, a crystal bottle for rose water or perfume, and an awl. Removing this layer reveals the music box underneath. See this, and other items the Jay women would use daily at our Curatorial Fabulous Finds program on Sunday, October 13 at 2pm.

News
John Jay featured in The Wall of Spies (and on NPR)

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: And I’m about to take you inside an unusual museum – unusual because most people will never see it. Normally, you need a top-secret security clearance to get up here. So we’ve just walked down. You’ve just pulled back the curtain. And what are we looking at? BILL EVANINA: The very…

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Tour Tickets Available Online

Tickets for our Standard House Tour and Thematic Tours are now available through our website. Due to tour popularity, and because the number of tickets available for each tour is strictly limited, we strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. Please note that all members of your party are required to have a ticket…

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Thematic Tours Now Offered Regularly at 2:00PM

We are excited to announce that beginning August 1st our 2pm tour will always be a thematic tour. On Wednesday through Saturday (Thursday through Saturday beginning October 15th) we will be exploring historical topics relevant to John Jay, his family, and Jay’s relationships with other Founders. On Sundays through October 15th the thematic tour will…

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