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, and is a testament to the wealth of New York’s colonial economy. Our educational programs earn high praise from teachers as they provide tangible experiences that make the colonial period and the American Revolution real for the 21st century learner.

Field Trip - F.A.Q.

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.and 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.

FAQ:

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 hot and 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

Sun
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon
Closed
Tues
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Subjects
History, Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, Slavery, 18th Century, Geography, My Community, Social Studies
Activities
College Tour, Field Trip
Grades
Postsecondary, Adult, K 2, 3 5, 6 8, 9 12
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

College Tour

Special Access Guided Group Tour - Van Cortlandt House Museum

Experience the Van Cortlandt house in a special all access tour that takes you into the bedchambers, parlors, and private living quarters of one of New York’s most prestigious and well-connected families. With their beginnings in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, the Van Cortlandts built, bartered, and traded their way to a sizeable family estate including the mansion and plantation in today’s Bronx. Visit the enslaved servants' quarters and learn about the Africans and Native Americans that provided the skill and manpower to run the plantation. Explore the house museum’s vast collection of authentic period furnishings and Georgian vernacular architecture with an expert guide. Learn how the family navigated the American Revolution with their holdings intact by hosting generals from both armies and how the family’s burial vault became part of a covert mission to hide sensitive documents from the enemy.

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, revolutionary war, slavery, 18th century

Grades
postsecondary, adult
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

college tour

Duration
120 min.
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