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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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Visita a la Casa Histórica en Español

  • February 29, 202012:00 pm–1:00 pm

Los visitantes del sitio histórico estatal John Jay Homestead están invitados a hacer un visita guiada por docentes de la casa Bedford de John Jay. El interior de la casa histórica ha sido restaurado para reflejar su apariencia durante la vida de John Jay. Más del 50% de los muebles son originales de John Jay y su familia. $ 10 adultos, $ 7 estudiantes / personas mayores, niños menores de 12 años son gratis. Este tour se ofrece Español en el primer y tercer sábado de cada mes.

El número de entradas disponibles para cada tour es estrictamente limitado. Le recomendamos que compre sus boletos con anticipación. Tenga en cuenta que todos los miembros de su grupo deben tener un boleto de admisión, incluso si no hay una tarifa asociada con su boleto. Los boletos son transferibles, pero no reembolsables.

Le recomendamos que llegue 15 a 20 minutos antes de su recorrido para ver nuestro video de orientación que se muestra en el porche de cristal de la Casa Museo Histórico. Los tours salen puntualmente según lo programado. No puede unirse a un recorrido una vez que esté en progreso.

  • February 29, 202012:00 pm–1:00 pm

Thematic Tour—Slavery & Abolition

  • February 29, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

The story of the Jay family, their slaves, and the way the generations of the Jays acted in response to slavery is complex. Glimpses of the past these stories give are enlightening, and in many cases, surprising.  Most of all, they can be a springboard toward developing a deeper understanding of the people who are part of this story: The Jays, the slaves, and the many people who strived to end slavery in America. Regular admission fees.

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.

  • February 29, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Scholars Lecture: The Second Founding with Eric Foner

  • March 12, 20207:00 pm–8:00 pm

Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments abolished slavery, defined birthright citizenship, and prohibited denial of the right to vote based on race. Foner explores the circumstances under which these Amendments were passed, and the ways in which they’re being interpreted still, as recently as 2013, when the Supreme Court declined to use the 15th Amendment to strike down laws which make it more difficult for non-whites to vote. Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, and winner of the Pulitzer, Bancroft and Lincoln Prizes, as well as multiple other awards and honors.


All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Check in and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:00 pm.

Member Ticket: $20

Non-Member Ticket: $25

Student Ticket: Free (must register)

  • March 12, 20207:00 pm–8:00 pm
Object of the Week
John Jay’s Court Suit

Happy Birthday John Jay! According to Jay family tradition, this silk suit, made in the French taste, was worn by John Jay on the day in 1782 when Benjamin Franklin introduced him to the Foreign Minister of King Louis XVI of France. Jay and Franklin were in Paris for the negotiation of the treaty that would end the Revolutionary War. The suit is very faded in color: when new, it was a light pastel green.While it appears elaborate to contemporary eyes with its embroidery and sequins, it is very subdued in comparison with French court dress of the time.

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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