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Address: 138 Eagle St, Albany, NY 12202-1719
Phone Number: 15184742418
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Thu 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The New York State Executive Mansion is located on Eagle Street in downtown...

The New York State Executive Mansion is located on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. Since 1875, this house has been home to New York's governors and their families. It is a house that is eclectic in style, filled with history and rich with tradition. It remains a fitting symbol of the variety and greatness of the Empire State. SCHEDULE: Tours of the Mansion are offered September through June on Thursdays at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. to groups of 10 or more, up to a maximum of 30 visitors (including chaperones). RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour, please call. SPECIAL RULE: Photo identification is required for all adults. COST: Tours are free of charge. LOCATION: Tours begin at the front center gate of the Mansion, 138 Eagle Street, Albany. LENGTH: Tours last approximately one hour. ACCESSIBILITY: The Executive Mansion is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation. ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to the starting time of your tour. If you are going to be late, or must cancel a tour, kindly notify the Plaza Visitor Center. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: The New York Executive Mansion is a short walking distance from the Empire State Plaza. Starting on Madison Avenue in front of the State Museum, walk down the street to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and turn right onto Eagle Street. Entrance to the Mansion is through the front center (pedestrian) gate. Parking is not available at the Executive Mansion. Buses may unload passengers at the front gate. General Tour: The general tour takes the visitor on a journey through the Mansion, examining its roles as both an official residence and a private home to New York's governors and their families. Tour discussion focuses on past and present New York State governors, architectural history, furnishings and artwork, and the Mansion's present existence as a LEED-certified building. Student Tour: The student tour focuses on four key periods in the Mansion's history: the Victorian era, 1920s to the mid-1930s, 1960s to the present, and the 21st Century. Through the use of artifacts, furnishings and art, students will explore the Executive Mansion's significance to the culture and history of New York State. The tour culminates with a discussion about the Executive Mansion in the 21st century, including the importance of sustainable living and the Mansion's LEED-Gold certification.

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Beautiful Mansion, Interesting Tour

Hearing the history and seeing many rooms in the mansion was very interesting. Our tour guide was excellent. When I looked at the website it appeared the only way to do a tour... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
North Tonawanda, New York
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North Tonawanda, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hearing the history and seeing many rooms in the mansion was very interesting. Our tour guide was excellent. When I looked at the website it appeared the only way to do a tour was in a group of 10 or more. I called and found that individuals could book space for the 2pm tour on Thursday afternoons. It was the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

Amazing history - our tour guide was so knowledgable. I'm sorry I didn't catch her name, she was very petite and personable. The history is remarkable, the house has many of the original articles that have been passed down from governor to governor (the dining room set, china, silverware etc.) There is lots of art work on loan throughout the... More 

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Union, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2015

We only viewed the outside. They have guided tours but require reservations a week or two in advance. Maybe next wime I'm in Albany.

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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2015

Mansion built in 1856, bought by Governor Samuel TIlden (born in my home town!) in 1875 and the official governor's residence ever since. Beautiful Renaissance revival furniture & the artifacts of over 30 governors, several presidents. Worth the tour.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Yes, we were the weirdos standing in the front of the mansion...taking touristy type photos and thinking 'why can't I have a mansion like this?' A security guard (probably came because we were creeping him out) took a photo for us. We headed to the cathedral next (no, not to pray for a mansion)

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Beautiful building, great insight on what it is like living in a bubble. Tour was informative, guides were so nice.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

The best mansion art tour north of Olana; It's worth making the advance reservation with limited access on Tuesday afternoons.

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