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.
FREE for Members!
Friday, May 12, 6:30pm
From Villa to Mansion: the Journey from Democracy to Aristocracy
When Boscobel was built in , it represented the largest and most elegant kind of house that most Americans knew. Only the White House (completed 1802) was larger—and it would remain the largest residence in North America until well after the Civil War. There was a dramatic change in what was considered an appropriate home for an American family between the Romantic era (1830-1860), and the post-Civil-War years that signaled the start of the Gilded Age (1865-1915). Where Boscobel was a mansion in 1806, by 1870 it would be nothing more than a quaint old house.
Mr. Dietz’s talk will explore this national phenomenon in the re-invention of the elite American home.
Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the Curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum since 1980, and the Chief Curator since 2012. He received his BA from Yale and his MA from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. The curator of over 100 exhibitions during his tenure, Mr. Dietz is particularly proud of his work on The Newark Museum’s 1885 Ballantine House. In 1997 Mr. Dietz was the project director for The Glitter & The Gold: Fashioning America’s Jewelry, the first-ever exhibition and book on Newark’s once-vast jewelry industry. Mr. Dietz has published numerous articles on decorative arts, as well as books on the Museum’s Studio Pottery, Art Pottery and nineteenth-century furniture collections.
All lectures 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.
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