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Review of Schuyler Mansion

Schuyler Mansion
Ranked #12 of 65 things to do in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built before the American Revolution, the elegant home of General Philip Schuyler is one of the most outstanding examples of pre-war architecture. During the season, experience a guided-tour of the home from knowledgeable staff who will tell you the history of the home and the Schuyler family that lived there - Philip and Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, and their eight children. Second daughter Elizabeth Schuyler married Alexander Hamilton in the museum's front parlor in 1780. Tours are offered on the hour. Please call in advance of your tour, as pre-scheduled groups and events will alter the tour schedule. Site is CLOSED yearly from October 31st until mid-May, excepting special events.
Delmar, New York
Level 6 Contributor
296 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Who knew?”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have lived in the Albany area for many years, but just visited the Schuyler Mansion this week. As others have noted, we had a private tour of the house as we were the only visitors on a weekday. What that tells me is that the mansion is not well advertised, but it should be. The Schuyler's hosted George and Martha Washington in the home, as well as General John Burgoyne after he surrendered his troops in 1777, which was a turning point in the American Revolutionary War. Our tour guide, Debbie, was very personable and answered all our questions. There are only some original pieces of the Schuyler's furniture in the mansion but I don't think that detracts from how the house is being restored. There is off-street parking in the rear of the building.
If you are within the Upper Hudson Library System, you can borrow a pass from a local library and get in for free.

Visited August 2014
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“wonderful docent”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

we were in time for the last tour. we are seasoned rev war visitors. we were so happy to see this home. Alexander Hamilton was married to elizabeth schuyler in this home. We were on our way to a wedding which made the visit all the more meaningful.

Visited July 2014
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Albany, New York
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Quite the residence for the period.”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

The only remnants of the estate is the main house, built Georgian style. It's located on the west bank of the Hudson River on Catherine St. in Albany. We took the self guided tour for $3 each. However there were informative volunteers to answers any questions we had. The actual structure would have been massive compared to other dwellings during the colonial period. For some reason we expected more. It's probably because it's called Schuyler Mansion. All of the out buildings, kitchen, ice house, etc. have long since been gone.

Visited May 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Don't visit until May”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We went to visit this mansion in April and it was closed. A kind worker told us that the mansion and other like attractions are closed until some time in May. Check hours and availability before visiting.

Visited April 2014
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Lockport, New York
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“No one arrived”
Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

We scheduled a trip months in advance for a university history club trip. We called the weekend of to confirm, and then waited a half hour for the tour guide to arrive and nobody ever showed up. We called several times and left messages as well. Nobody ever got back to us. We're very disappointed

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SchuylerMansion, Docent at Schuyler Mansion, responded to this review, August 19, 2016
We are very sorry that you had a bad experience in coming to Schuyler Mansion, however, we were very specific with your contact person for this trip that due to limited staffing during our off season, the only time that we were able to make staff available on April 27th was at 2:00p.m.. We reiterated this information over the course of several phone calls and sent a confirmation form via email with this same information. We were available at the agreed upon time of 2:00p.m. but received a message on our answering machine from your contact on the day of the tour, confirming a 7:30a.m. tour - we are not open at 7:30a.m. at any time of the year. We attempted to return her call twice, but she did not have cell phone service and was unable to hear our end of the line. We then followed up with an email confirming the situation to which she replied: "Sorry, for the phone problems we were in terrible signal and I kept loosing signal. It was a problem on my end and I apologize for getting that wrong".
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