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Open House, Behinds-the-Scenes Tours

This April, Boscobel House and Gardens will open in more ways than ever before. In addition to the elegant Federal-era interiors for which Boscobel is so beloved, Open House Tours will offer access to rarely seen areas. In the company of expert guides, visitors will peek into private spaces, from ingeniously designed compartments in fine furniture to passageways most often used by servants.
“Boscobel was built much like a stage set for its original owners,” explains Executive Director Steven Miller. “Our new Open House Tours are designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the the museum and at history.”


Open House Tours are only offered April 1 through April 30, 10-4pm (Boscobel is closed on Tuesdays.) Each guided tour is approximately one hour in length. Reservations are not necessary. Friends of Boscobel members and children 5 and under are FREE. Memberships are available for purchase here.

Chipstone Holds Think Tank at Boscobel

Boscobel House and Gardens has been selected as the host and case study for a January Think Tank on increasing audience engagement.  The event’s co-host is the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, a preeminent advocate for innovation in decorative arts scholarship and interpretation.  The Chipstone Foundation has organized similar sessions at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic House Trust, and museums across the country. Boscobel’s think tank will focus on how best to connect visitors to its unique array of resources, from its renowned collection of Neoclassical New York furniture to its historic and visually stunning landscape along the Hudson River.
Panelists include Glenn Adamson (Yale University), Jennifer Carlquist (Boscobel), Sarah Carter (Chipstone), Ned Cooke (Yale University), Meredith Horsford (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Peter Kenny (Classical American Homes Preservation Trust), Emily Knapp (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Jon Prown (Chipstone), and Sean Sawyer (Olana Partnership); Keith MacKay (Wilton House Museum) and artists Asher Israelow, Christopher Kurtz, and Beth Lipman.    
“I am pleased to welcome Chipstone and the entire panel of scholars and artists for these discussions, which are part of the Boscobel’s ongoing Strategic Planning process,” explains Boscobel’s Executive Director Steven Miller.  “Throughout 2016 we worked with The Marist Poll to survey our visitors, 86% of whom rated their Boscobel experience as ‘excellent.’  The January think tank is an important opportunity to hear from outside voices, and explore new ways to reach even more visitors going forward.”