New York City is home to numerous world-famous museums but if you need a break from classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the MOMA, do check out some of the City’s smaller, off the beaten path museums. In the previous installment of this series, we rounded up unique house museums in the Bronx. Today, we look at some gems in Manhattan.

1. Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was constructed in 1765 by Roger Morris, a British loyalist and was known as Mount Morris. During the Revolutionary War, both George Washington and British and Hessian forces occupied the house. On July 10, 1790, Washington returned to the house and dined there with members of his administration including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Knox. The mansion was purchased by Stephen and Eliza Jumel (Eliza would go on to marry Aaron Burr, who briefly lived at the house). In 1903, the City purchased the house and its grounds and a year later it opened to the public as a museum. We previously included the mansion in our roundup of Presidential Haunts.

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3 thoughts on “13 Historic Houses Converted into Museums in Manhattan

  1. Here on Staten Island, we have the Alice Austen House, the Garibaldi/Meucci Museum, Sandy Ground Museum, the Conference House, the Seguine Mansion, and a whole collection of house museums at Historic Richmond Town.

  2. great !want to see all of them after the met for 5 days naruinal academy of art, students art center national sc society forum gallery. bit low on money and to stay 6 days o my. mj

  3. Thanks for including The Frick Collection…and for putting us in such good company. To clarify…the bowling alley was never unknown to the family or museum staff. But, because of city code issues (one entrance/exit…not the two required for public use) is isn’t part of museum tours (beyond our control). There was no discovery of it, but the lanes were covered up completely for about 70 years, which is one reason they are in pristine shape today. The museum is, in general, more active than ever in press/marketing and social media, so the bowling alley is now more talked about than it had been in decades. We’ve also done some research on it in conjunction with an article we published, so we know a bit more about this great old entertaining space as well. Anyway, thought you might find that interesting…thanks again for including us in the post!

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