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New York State Office of General Services - Convention and Cultural Events - Executive Mansion Tours
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New York State Executive Mansion

The New York State Executive Mansion is located on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. Since 1875, this house has been home to New York's governors and their families. It is a house that is eclectic in style, filled with history and rich with tradition. It remains a fitting symbol of the variety and greatness of the Empire State.

Visit the Governor's Executive Mansion website for more information.

Arranging a Tour

Schedule: Tours of the Mansion are offered September through June on Thursdays at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. to groups of 10 or more, up to a maximum of 30 visitors (including chaperones).

Reservations: Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. To schedule a tour, please call the Curatorial/Tour Services Office at 518.474.2418.

Special Rule: Photo identification is required for all adults.

Cost: Tours are free of charge.

Location: Tours begin at the front center gate of the Mansion, 138 Eagle Street, Albany.

Length: Tours last approximately one hour.

Accessibility: The Executive Mansion is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation.

Arrival: Please plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to the starting time of your tour. If you are going to be late, or must cancel a tour, kindly notify the Curatorial/Tour Services Office.

Directions and Parking: The New York Executive Mansion is a short walking distance from the Empire State Plaza. Starting on Madison Avenue in front of the State Museum, walk down the street to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and turn right onto Eagle Street. Entrance to the Mansion is through the front center (pedestrian) gate. Parking is not available at the Executive Mansion. Buses may unload passengers at the front gate.

Tour Descriptions

General Tour
The general tour takes the visitor on a journey through the Mansion, examining its roles as both an official residence and a private home to New York's governors and their families. Tour discussion focuses on past and present New York State governors, architectural history, furnishings and artwork, and the Mansion's present existence as a LEED-certified building.

Student Tour
The student tour focuses on four key periods in the Mansion's history: the Victorian era, 1920s to the mid-1930s, 1960s to the present, and the 21st Century. Through the use of artifacts, furnishings and art, students will explore the Executive Mansion's significance to the culture and history of New York State. The tour culminates with a discussion about the Executive Mansion in the 21st century, including the importance of sustainable living and the Mansion’s LEED-Gold certification.

Pre-Visit Resource Kit For Teachers: Teachers who plan to bring their classes to the Executive Mansion are encouraged to download and use the Mansion Tour Program Resource Kit. The kit provides information and activities designed to enhance the tour experience for the students.

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