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John Jay’s Bedford House is open for tours Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm.

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

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

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 and our Discovery Centers are closed for the season.

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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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Object of the Week
The History of the War of 1741, by Voltaire (1758 edition)

Happy Birthday Francois-Marie Arouet (11/21)! Arouet, best known by his pen name, Voltaire, was one of the most prolific writers of the 18th century. He wrote extensively on world history through a cultural, economic, and political lens while rejecting the traditional Christian framework that marked history books before his time. He also penned upwards of 50 plays, many of which gave voice to his philosophies. We have two books by Voltaire: The History of the War of 1741 (1758 edition) and The Age of Lewis XIV (1763 edition), as well as the Chefs-D’Oeuvre Dramatiques de Voltaire. The title page of The History of the War of 1741, pictured here, was inscribed by John Jay in 1759 when he was fourteen years old.

Candlelight Tour Tickets Now Available

Experience John Jay’s historic Bedford House as it takes on the glow of candlelight to celebrate the holiday season. These unique guided tours focus on holiday traditions and decorations of the 1820s. Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday, December 12 – 15 & 19 – 22 every half-hour from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Admission: $15 for…

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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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