Mansion: Wed and Sat-Sun, noon-4pm; Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri, closed Gardens: Daily, 8:30am-dusk
6 at Pelham Bay Park
$5 adults, $3 seniors & students, free for children under six
Tucked away in the Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park, the Bartow-Pell mansion is a stately local and national landmark with roots in the area since 1654, when Thomas Pell bought the grounds from the Siwanoy Indians. After the original home was destroyed in the American Revolution, a descendent used local stone to build the current Greek Revival mansion and nearby carriage house, which in 1888 was sold to the City of New York. (Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia used it as a summer home.) The space was converted to a museum in 1946, where today visitors can enjoy lush manicured gardens—which include trails, a terrace, and the Pell family burial plot—for free, or pay a small admission to the house and be transported back in time with rotating exhibits and impressive architecture, like the imposing freestanding spiral staircase at the entrance. Some of the 19th century furniture inside belongs to the estate, like the desk in the Upstairs Reception Room that belonged to Aaron Burr, who was married to Theodosia Bartow.Tours
Mansion and Carriage House tours begin at a quarter after the hour from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and are approximately 45 minutes in length.
Two areas are designated for private rental: The Orangerie in the mansion, which can accommodate up to 35 people in reception- or auditorium-style setting, and the pebble court in the gardens behind the mansion, which can accommodate 125. Call for details.
The museum can accommodate school tours and offers educational programming, some of which is held on the estate’s reproduction wigwam, a nod to the original owners of the land.