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.
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 Boscobel.org. Friends of Boscobel members and children 5 and under are FREE. Memberships are available for purchase HERE.
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
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
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
A Family Favorite Since 1994!
Saturday, June 3, 7:30am
Join us at Boscobel’s Belvedere bright and early where members of the Constitution Marsh staff will give a dramatic presentation about the habits and history of snapping turtles and introduce live specimens to the audience. After, guests may walk Boscobel’s grounds in search of nesting females.
Rain or Shine Complimentary coffee, juice & donuts included.
Starlab will follow Turtle Walk.
In the Exhibition Gallery & The Mansion
June 3- October 1, 2017
Make-dos include everyday household remnants, such as porcelain teapots with silver replacement spouts and or tin handles. They also include treasured relics, such as a decanter riddled with staples that was once owned by Washington Irving. More than 100 examples will be drawn from local, private and public collections. At some point in their history these objects met with calamity, and yet, were deemed too precious to discard. They invite curiosity: Were they repaired for practical, sentimental, or aesthetic reasons?
Boscobel is the ideal organizer of Make-Do’s, as 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, make-do’s illustrate the complex relationships between everyday people and the things that 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.
Enter our inflatable planetarium and relax on the floor.
2 Days: Saturday, June 3 (following Turtle Walk)
and Saturday, August 5
3 Sessions each Day: 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:00am
Gazing up at a night sky, look for star patterns Cygnus the Swan, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Polaris the North Star, and more. Lisa DiMarzo combines stars, constellations and fascinating stories for an exciting, entertaining and enlightening experience. Recommended for ages 4+.
June 5 through September 4
Spectacular views entice the senses as you stretch and pose overlooking the Hudson River from the lawns at Boscobel, truly one of the most picturesque and serene settings in the Hudson Valley.
Taught by internationally-certified instructor, Ellen Forman, this popular class fits the needs of all levels. Ellen emphasizes the inward journey and the profound healing effects of yoga. Start your week calm and refreshed.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats and water.
Check website for possible weather cancellations.