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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—John Jay & Gouverneur Morris

  • November 23, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816.  Often referred to as the “Penman of the Constitution,” Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris’s political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay.

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.


  • November 23, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Gouverneur Morris

  • November 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816.  Often referred to as the “Penman of the Constitution,” Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris’s political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay.

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.


  • November 29, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

Thematic Tour—John Jay & Gouverneur Morris

  • November 30, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm

New York Revolutionary Gouverneur Morris died on November 6th, 1816.  Often referred to as the “Penman of the Constitution,” Gouverneur Morris is frequently forgotten among the Founding Fathers. This tour will explore Morris’s political career, his vibrant personality and his close friendship with John Jay.

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.


  • November 30, 20192:00 pm–3:00 pm
Object of the Week
Model 1850 Union Sword of Colonel William Jay (1841-1915)


Our selection this week of Veteran’s Day is in honor of Colonel William Jay’s service during the Civil War. This sword is an 1850 Staff and Field Officer’s Sword. The Army mandated the use of this sword for all staff officers and for the field officers of infantry, artillery, and riflemen. The blade is decorated with etchings of flower sprays, an eagle and the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The floral decorations continue on the handle guard, which also contains a U.S. shield. The collection also contains William Jay’s officer’s sword belt and buckle. The buckle is cast brass and decorated with the same seal as the sword.

News
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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