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.
In the Exhibition Gallery & The Mansion
June 3- October 1, 2017
Boscobel House and Gardens presents Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques, the first exhibition of its kind to celebrate objects that were damaged, but deemed too precious to discard. From porcelain teapots with silver replacement spouts to a repaired tea table purportedly used by George Washington at his Newburgh, New York headquarters, Make-Do’s features 250 curious treasures.
Boscobel itself is a kind of make-do. The original 1804-08 Neoclassical mansion was partially demolished in 1955, but—thanks to dedicated preservationists—reassembled and repurposed as a museum. Like Boscobel and its permanent collection, Make-Do’s illustrates the complex relationships between people and the things they choose to save.
Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques will be open during regular museum hours June 3 through October 1, 2017 and is included with admission to the house or grounds. An illustrated catalogue with essays by Curator Jennifer Carlquist
and collector/designer Andrew Baseman will accompany the exhibition and be available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Make plans with friends or meet up with new friends here at Boscobel!
Joyful learning through nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play, and storytelling will spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination. Lisa DiMarzo leads this interactive program designed for children, ages 1 through 4, with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. 9:30-10:15am
Spring: Fridays, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30
Summer: Fridays, 7/7, 7/14, 7/28
Fall I: Fridays, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29
Fall II: Fridays, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
Take a trip through time!
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. Starting at 9:30am on the second Saturday of each month, this two-hour program is designed for kids (ages 4+) and their families. A different theme each month:
October 14 – Leaf Rubbings
November 11 – Mosaic Craft
December 9 – Gingerbread Cookies
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!
July 8 – Clay Creations
August 12 – Magic Wand
September 9 – Message in a Bottle
Friday, October 20 at 6:30pm
John Stuart Gordon, author of A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920-1950, will give a lively talk about legendary industrial designer Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (1898–1985).
Guild—who famously redesigned the Electrolux vacuum cleaner— was also an author, amateur architect, and a collector of American antiques. Guild’s diverse interests informed the objects he created for leading companies, some of which have become icons of Depression-era design. A peer of Russel Wright and Ruth Reeves, Guild also built and decorated a series of idiosyncratic Connecticut homes that celebrate his interest in early Americana.
In this design talk followed by a Q&A and reception, John Stuart Gordon will illustrate how Lurelle Guild embraced the future while looking to the past.
$20/ticket, free to members
Presented in cooperation with Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center
Reception sponsored by Munder-Skiles
Join us once again for spellbinding ghost stories told by popular paranormal investigator and author, Linda Zimmermann.
Linda will be accompanied by her ghost hunting partner Michael Worden, a police detective and author of Ghost Detective, as well as psychic and psychometrist, Barbara Bleitzhofer. Barbara will be using her sixth sense to determine what spirits are present and why they are there.
Your evening begins in the Lila Room of the Carriage House with a presentation of supernatural stories from around the Hudson Valley and concludes with a dimly-lit, 3-floor tour of the Boscobel mansion. Space limited; advance registration required. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Wednesday, October 25
Thursday, October 26
Friday, October 27