A house says a lot about its owners, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bedsheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get two admissions to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, located in Pelham Bay Park. Admission is a $5 value each for adults, a $3 value for seniors and students, and free for children younger than 6.
Built between 1836 and 1842, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has serene gardens, astounding landscaping, and ornate Greek Revival architecture. Visitors can expand their knowledge of Civil War–era social structure while gazing at the mansion’s exquisite antique furnishings during a tour (scheduled at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Bask in sunshine trickling through tall windows in the mansion's Orangerie, then imagine yourself darning sock puppets amid the neoclassical decorations that fill the ornate Double Parlor. Through November 21, museum minglers can inspect the exhibit The Boltons of Pelham Priory, which examines the fascinating neighbors of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, who built the nearby Gothic Revival Priory and invented the first reverse jet pack.
Tours available for public hours only. Not valid for special events.
Although online reviews for the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum are still growing, the blog Urban By Design Online featured it:
- The Bartow-Pell Mansion, with its stately Greek Revival interior, represents an era of past grandeur and splendor, a time when the New York elite built country homes to enjoy the incredible vistas of the nearby Long Island Sound. – Deena Parham, Urban By Design