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Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

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421 E. 61st St., New York, NY 10065 40.760701 -73.960563
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-838-6878 Send to Phone

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Official Website

mvhm.org

Hours

Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.

Parking

  • Nearby Parking Lots

Prices

$8, $7 students and seniors, free for children under 12

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Tucked away in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge, the small but charming Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden seems out of place surrounded by the sleek high rises and parking garages that loom over its well-manicured grounds. Previously known as the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the building was erected as a carriage house in 1799 and converted into a day hotel (similar to an old-fashioned country club) in 1826. The present caretakers have reinterpreted it in the image of the old hotel, fashioning it with early-nineteenth-century furniture and historical objects donated by its members. The house is full of quirky, gilded artifacts, including an impressive vintage bar and a few stunning old desks and musical instruments. The heart of the museum experience, however, is the leafy, classical garden out back and compulsory guided tour--show up early, and there's a good chance it will be one-on-one. The earlier summer months are filled with fun outdoor activities.

Tours

Guided tours range from 45 minutes to an hour; free with admission.

 

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