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King Manor Museum

150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432 40.702181 -73.804427
at 153rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-206-0545 Send to Phone

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Official Website

kingmanor.org

Hours

Thu-Fri, noon-2pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm; Mon-Wed, by appointment only

Nearby Subway Stops

E, J, Z at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer; F at Parsons Blvd.

Parking

  • Street Parking

Prices

$5 adults; $3 seniors and students; free for children 16 and under

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

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Jamaica’s King Manor Museum is the one-time home of Rufus King, a member of the original Continental Congress and one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution. When King originally purchased the home (and the 90 acres around it) in 1805, this yet-to-be developed section of Queens—still 93 years away from being part of New York City—was something of a quiet retreat from city life. (It’s still an hour’s ride from Manhattan, albeit by subway and not horse-and-buggy.) The simple three-story yellow farmhouse now sits on the corner of a park also named for King, and is frequented primarily by history buffs and young students on class trips. First opened to public in 1900, King Manor is actually less of a museum than it is a preserved home. Tour guides use the rooms—and a few formal exhibits—as jumping-off points to discuss King’s life during the half-hour walk-through. In the rounded dining room, they’ll explain how the shape is an indication of the family’s wealth. And in the servants’ quarters in the back, they’ll discuss how King, who refused to own slaves, was one of the first American officials to speak out against slavery.

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