Announcements

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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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Upcoming Events

Thematic Tour—The United States Constitution

  • May 15, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met for the first time. Join us as we explore the debates, controversies, and compromises that led to the establishment of the oldest governing document in the world. 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.


  • May 15, 20202:00 pm–3:00 pm

Historic House Tour for Families

  • May 16, 202011:30 am–12:00 pm

What was life like 200 years ago? Compare your everyday life with the way the Jay family lived in the early 1800s. This 25-minute tour of the historic house, designed for families with children 10 and under, will focus on the lack of modern conveniences and its impact on everyday life through examining objects such as chamber pots and open-hearth toasters. Children must be accompanied by an adult; adults must be accompanied by a child. Free admission.

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 Historic House Tour for Families is offered Saturdays at 11:30am.

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.


  • May 16, 202011:30 am–12:00 pm

Visita a la Casa Histórica en Español

  • May 16, 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.


  • May 16, 202012:00 pm–1:00 pm
Object of the Week
Fun in the Snow c.1920

This photo depicts William Jay Iselin, Dorothy Iselin, and Eleanor Iselin – children of Arthur & Eleanor Jay Iselin (John Jay’s great-great-granddaughter) – enjoying the snowy outdoors with their dog. The Homestead is open daily from sunrise to sunset for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and x-country skiing – we welcome your on-leash pets to join you! Tours of Bedford House are offered Thursday through Saturday at 1, 2, and 3pm – check our calendar for details.

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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