Guided house tours of Boscobel are available April through December, every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets may be purchased at the door and reservations are not necessary.

House tour tickets are also available for purchase online. See link below.

After online ticket purchase, please print your email confirmation and bring it to the front desk in the Carriage House. A staff member will then coordinate your tour with an available docent.

Advance house tour tickets expire within one year of purchase and are only good during regular business hours for regular house tours. Children under six years old and FOB members are always FREE.

April through October – first tour is at 10am and last tour is at 4pm.
November and December – first tour is at 10am and last tour is at 3pm.




Duncan Phyfe, Linen press, c. 1818, Mahogany, mahogany veneer, brass. Collection of Boscobel House and Gardens.

For a Limited Time! 


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; tickets can be purchased in person or online at Friends of Boscobel members and children 5 and under are FREE. Memberships are available for purchase HERE.




Take a trip through time!

9:30-11:30am Saturday mornings – the second of each month – designed for kids (ages 4+) and their families. Explore the past through hands-on chores, games, and crafts. Take a flashlight tour of the Boscobel mansion, take a break with a snack, and bring the memories home with a special craft. A different theme each month:
April 8    What’s Inside?  Decorate your own treasure box!
May 13   Watch Me Grow! Plant your own mini herb garden!
June 10   Amazing Architecture! Design, design, design!

Themes To Be Announced:
July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9




FREE for Members!

Boscobel during demolition, c. 1955. Boscobel House and Gardens archives.


Friday, April 14, 6:30pm
Boscobel Lost & Found
Boscobel has been admired since first built in Montrose, New York in 1804-08. In spite of that, the house was (in)famously sold in 1955 to a wrecker for just $35. Preservationists reclaimed as many fragments from the original structure as possible, and resurrected the house on its present, glorious site in Garrison. This lecture will 1) examine why Boscobel was considered too precious to lose even after demolition had begun, and 2) reveal which elements of the museum survive from the original house.
Jennifer Carlquist is a design and decorative arts historian who has served as Curator of Boscobel House and Gardens since 2015. She lectures widely and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Carlquist previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Glensheen Historic Estate, and as a Research Fellow at Winterthur Museum. She is an alumna of the Attingham London House Course, Attingham Summer School, Winterthur Fall Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt’s History of Design and Decorative Arts Program, and the University of Minnesota.


The lecture will take place in Boscobel’s grand entrance hall at 6:30pm, followed by a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Munder-Skiles Garden Furniture, Garrison, NY.


See other lectures in this series below:
Edwina von Gal, April 28
Ulysses G. Dietz, May 12



Celebrate Earth Day with friends and family!

Saturday, April 22, 9:30am

Spring is here and Boscobel needs your HELP. The Frances Reese Woodland Trail is an extraordinarily beautiful feature of our site. The 1.25 mile trail leads visitors through 29 acres of forested land as it traverses a dramatic ravine leading down to Constitution Marsh. We need your help to clear and clean the trail in order to maintain, enhance, preserve and promote appreciation of this natural landscape. Won’t you lend a hand?

Bring your water bottle and work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Tools will be provided to clear overgrowth and downed branches.

This event is FREE and open to all ages. Please check-in at the Carriage House upon arrival.


FREE for Members!
Friday, April 28, 6:30pm
Turning PRFCT: The Evolution and Adventures of a Rational Naturalist
Hear how Edwina von Gal’s passion for biodiversity and the lessons learned during a lifetime of landscape design led to the creation of Perfect Earth Project, a rapidly expanding nonprofit organization promoting toxin-free land management around the world. Find out about the dangers of synthetic landscape chemicals and learn nature-based alternatives for your lawn and garden that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost. Take action, right in your own front yard and help spark an environmental gardening revolution.
Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm, Edwina von Gal + Co. since 1984, Edwina von Gal creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, and Richard Meier, and her work has been published in many major publications. Her book “Fresh Cuts” won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998.
In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost. Edwina has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing?, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity. She is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.
The lecture will take place in Boscobel’s grand entrance hall at 6:30pm, followed by a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Munder-Skiles Garden Furniture, Garrison, NY.
See other lectures in this series below:
Jennifer Carlquist, April 14
Ulysses G. Dietz, May 12



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