The Van Cortlandt House Museum 40.8912° N -73.8948° W

Description

The Van Cortlandt House Museum in The Bronx was built in 1748 for one of New York Colony’s elite families, the Van Cortlandts. But it was also home to generations of enslaved people, who operated the plantation that surrounded the house. The museum's educational programs use the objects in our collection and the lives of its historic inhabitants to make the world of 18th century New York come alive.

FAQ:

Where do buses drop off?
School buses park on Broadway by the entrance to Van Cortlandt Park. The entrance to Van Cortlandt Park is opposite 6035 Broadway. Typing “6035 Broadway, Bronx” into your GPS device will take you there directly. The museum is the stone building that is visible from the park entrance and is only a 1-2 minute walk from where buses drop off.

Is the museum accessible by public transportation?
Yes, there are several ways to get to the house by public transportation:
By subway: #1 train to 242nd Street Station
By bus: Bx9 to West 244th Street
BxM3 Express Bus to 244th Street - from mid-town Manhattan with a stop at the Museum's entrance to Van Cortlandt Park
Metro-North Hudson River Line to Marble Hill Station, transfer to the Bx9 bus or #1 subway as above.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, Van Cortlandt House has a Museum shop stocked with colonial toys, games, pencils, rulers, gifts and postcards. We also sell cold beverages.


Lunch Notes

Students are welcome to have lunch in our museum’s classroom. As an alternative, when the weather is nice students may eat on the museum’s grounds in Van Cortlandt Park.

Bathroom Notes

The museum has restrooms and large Parks Dept. restrooms are located adjacent to the museum grounds.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made with less than 72 hours notice may be subject to a 25% administrative fee.

Info

6036 Broadway, in Van Cortlandt Park
Bronx, NY 10471

+1 718-543-3344

information@vchm.org

Sun
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon
Closed
Tues
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Subjects
Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, Slavery, 18th Century, African American History, Economics, History, Geography, My Community, Social Studies
Activities
Field Trip, College Tour
Grades
2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, Adult, Postsecondary
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Colonial New York: Looking for Mr. Van Cortlandt

 Mysteriously, a doctor who had been living in New York Colony finds himself transported to modern Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx.  He remembers the area as the place where he lived, the Van Cortlandt plantation, and he is struggling to make sense of why everything looks so different.  He will be your tour guide as he leads your class on a journey to search for the people and places he knew in the past-while revealing the world of rural 18th century New York.

 In this highly interactive field trip, your students will learn about the role that our region played in global trade and the Dutch influence on colonial New York.  They will learn about the lives and lasting contributions of enslaved Africans in the development of New York and witness their legacy in the landscape of today's Van Cortlandt Park.

 This program was designed to address key concepts from the NYC Dept. of Education Social Studies Scope & Sequence for Grade 4.
Subjects Covered

colonial times, revolutionary war, slavery, 18th century, african american history, economics

Grades
2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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