Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx: Hours, Address, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
4.5
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, with its splendid Greek Revival interiors, is tucked away in a lovely, quiet corner of Pelham Bay Park - an area that was once home to more than 20 elegant country estates. As the only grand country house still in existence on Pelham Bay, it provides an important link to the social and architectural history of New York. Visitors are welcome to take a guided tour of the mansion and view our impressive collection of mid-19th century furnishings and fine and decorative arts. Or stroll around the grounds and the formal terraced garden behind the house. Hours Mansion: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4 p.M. $5 For adults $3 for seniors & students free for children under six Tours (aprox 45 mins)12:15, 1:15, 2:15 & 3:15 Carriage House: April through October Gardens/Grounds: open daily from 8:30 a.M. To dusk, free
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY3,663 contributions
Lots of interesting details...great place to kill an hour or two
Sep 2019
Known about this place for a while now. It's right in my own backyard in the Bronx about 10 minutes away. I decided to go check it out on a nice Sunday afternoon. First off, it is a little tough to find. Navigation was going a little nuts trying to find the place. Their website advises to use the Golf Club as a destination point, but even with this its tough to find. The best way to describe it is...that there is a gated entrance to the driveway of the mansion on the right along Shore Road, about 1/10 of a mile after passing the Golf Club traveling East. It may be a good idea to check out the location on Google Maps before driving there. After entering the gates the driveway leads to the mansion. There are a bunch of parking spaces, but those are sufficient according to the staff there since this place never really gets "busy". We entered the mansion and there was a young man in front collecting money. The surrounds grounds are free to tour but the mansion itself is privately owned. The fee for touring the mansion is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Though on that day, they were nice enough not to charge for my 8 year-old, so I only paid for myself. ($8) The mansion itself is interesting. Like many museums, they have lots of old items and "appliances". The difference here is that this was an actual functioning house so you can see how the rooms were divided. Small details like the call bells in the attic which ran throughout the house and common game room were interesting. Also, reading some of the writings and the language used back then was nice. There are binders in each (most) rooms with information about the items in the room which was nice. Behind the mansion is a beautiful garden. There are also a few hiking trails you can take from there. Overall we had a great time. I myself found it interested, but my 8 year-old, not as much. I would imagine if you are into history or museums, this may be a good place. The younger ones may not be as interested. All staff we encountered that day (only 2 on that particular day) were very nice, knowledgeable and helpful.
Written September 21, 2019
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Sherrie G
Bronx, NY145 contributions
A Must See!
Aug 2019
From the massive gardens to the mansion or the Indian house in the fields this is one of those must see activities. It’s hidden off Shore Rd. and is part of the historical society’s places. People are dressed up in the time period the family lived in the mansion. They have many events going on throughout the year.
Written September 3, 2019
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Keke L
New York City, NY2,063 contributions
Mansion in The Bronx
Apr 2019 • Business
This is a beautiful place to visit. I took an eleven year old that I mentor and she loved it. I strongly suggest dong the tour with a guide. The information along with the sites adds to the whole experience. It is very interesting. There is no additional fee for the tour, it comes with the entry fee. The fee is $8.00 for adults and children and seniors are $6.00. The grounds are well kept. The green of Spring smelled so nice and it is pleasant to look at and take pictures. Please note, it is a bit of a walk from the bus stop to the mansion. But, if you're a New Yorker you'll be fine. :)
Written April 22, 2019
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plentyoftime
NY39 contributions
A Step Back in Time
Dec 2018 • Couples
Nestled within the largest park in NYC, Pelham Bay Park, the Bartow-Pell Mansion & Museum is a hidden gem. Built in 1842, this grand old house’s plain cut stone exterior doesn’t betray the elegant Greek Revival interior that awaits visitors. Upon entering the spacious reception hall, one’s eye is immediately drawn to the elaborate spiral staircase that appears to fly up through its three floors to the attic’s servants quarters. The rooms are richly appointed with furnishings and decor from an era the Bartows would quickly recognize. Our knowledgeable guide shared with us the challenges people living in the nineteenth century faced a including the servant class that waited on the family that resided here. The carriage house located adjacent to the mansion provide a glimpse into the way people traveled around town when roads were no more than dirt trails. We were fortunate to visit during the holiday season when each room was decorated with a large Christmas tree decorated by a local artist with ornaments evoking a particularly theme. All in all, it was a delightful afternoon capped off by a late lunch on City Island, a community with a rich seafaring history and bay views, just a five minute ride from the mansion. Enjoy!
Written January 5, 2019
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pgau1956
9 contributions
Historic Home- a Museum in the Bronx
Apr 2018 • Couples
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is a great place to visit for concerts, art shows, performances, and walking tours. The various historical societies located in the Bronx and Southern Westchester County do presentations and lectures on a regular basis. It is a really great place to study the history of the Pelham area and old New York.
Written December 11, 2018
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campeddeer
Bronx, NY13 contributions
It feels like my very own Estate.
Nov 2018 • Couples
This ia a mansion with some good hiking behind it. Historic , with some interesting tours and activities and not expensive at all. Hiking there is free.
Written November 17, 2018
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John R
Bayside, NY728 contributions
Pelham Parkway Pearl
Nov 2018 • Family
Originally owned by Robert and Maria Bartow the house dates back to 1654. The current house was built between 1836 and 1842. Ownership of the house passed between the Bartow and Pell families until it was finally sold to the City of New York in 1888 by descendants of the Bartow family.
In 1936, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia used the mansion as his summer residence while nearby Orchard Beach was built.
The organization does a great job with furnishing the house with period antiques. The impressive piece of Aaron Burr's desk is featured on the first floor. The house shows the rich history of the past. A very recommended visit.
Written November 10, 2018
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riny
New England934 contributions
Pleasant Surprise
Oct 2018 • Couples
We had never visited or heard of the Bart-Pell Mansion until our friends found out about it - so we included in our visit to the Bronx.
When we got there it was closed due to preparation for Halloween - even though it was regular open hours and this closure was not posted on their website. However, they were very accommodating and let us have a self-guided tour.
The building architecture, rooms and furnishing were interesting - as was the history. It was Fall, so the gardens were not in bloom, but the formal landscape design was impressive.
Written October 25, 2018
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mabellnyc
nyc25 contributions
enjoyed very much
Sep 2018 • Couples
went with 2 other couples and we all agreed that it was a worthwhile trip. the mansion is relatively small but the docent was knowledgeable and personable and made the hour long tour very enjoyable. there are 3 levels of the mansion that are accessible to visitors. the admission is very reasonable and since the mansion is right by city island we went there for a late lunch making this a very good day.
Written September 19, 2018
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Harriet M
Rockland County,NY452 contributions
Visual way of learning about the past.
Aug 2018 • Friends
A friend and I spent a lovely two hours exploring the grounds and taking a tour of the mansion and carriage house. Our tour guide gave a wonderful took about the owners of the mansion and a bit of history about early Pelham Bay.
Written August 30, 2018
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Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM