Morris-Jumel Mansion Tours
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Located in Washington Heights, Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan. Built in 1765 for a British Colonel, the house was the headquarters and war office of George Washington. As well as serving as a museum, the well-preserved Palladian mansion is a national and NYC landmark.
Take a self-guided tour of the historic house, during which you’ll explore nine rooms complete with period furnishings and careful reproductions of period carpets and wallpaper. Highlights include George Washington’s office, Eliza Jumel’s bedchamber, a dining room full of 18th-century crystal and glassware, and personal artefacts from Roger Morris, George Washington, and Aaron Burr. Tours of Harlem and Upper Manhattan, as well as gospel and history-focused tours, typically pass by or include a stop at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Morris-Jumel Mansion is ideal for history and architecture buffs.
- Paid docent-led tours are available on weekends and select Fridays.
- There’s an archive, reference library, and gift shop on-site.
- The mansion is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Morris-Jumel Mansion is located on Jumel Terrace in Washington Heights. Take the C train to 163rd Street and walk two blocks east, or the 1 train to 157th Street and walk for 10 minutes. A number of buses also stop nearby, including the M2, M3, M18, and M101. Street parking is available in the area.
When to Get There
The mansion is open from Tuesday through Sunday, with slightly extended hours on the weekend. Holiday closures include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The mansion often hosts different programs and activities, including ghost tours on certain evenings. Check the website for the latest schedule.
Morris-Jumel Mansion is a part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District. Highlights of the area include row houses in wood, brick, limestone, and brownstone that were built in the late 19th century. Washington Heights area is also home to a number of attractions, such as Fort Tryon Park, the Met Cloisters Museum, the Hispanic Society of America, the Academy of Arts and Letters, the United Palace Theatre, and the Audubon Ballroom.
Address: 65 Jumel Terrace, New York City, New York, USA 10032, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Morris-Jumel Mansion
Experience some of New York City’s less touristy corners with this two-wheeled excursion in Harlem and the Bronx. Embark on a 25 mile journey from 129th Street and enjoy activities that include exploring Manhattan’s historic black neighborhood, cruising by the Bronx Zoo, marveling at Alexander Hamilton’s home, capturing memorable photos of the Apollo Theater, and checking out the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Take a break from central Manhattan to explore the outer limits of New York City, from Harlem to Brooklyn. Throughout the day you enjoy a private guide and chauffeur service in an air-conditioned vehicle, which eliminates the hassle of taking public transit or navigating on your own. See landmarks and points of interest often missed by visitors, including the oldest bar in Queens and a crafts market in Williamsburg.
Combine exercise with sightseeing and look beyond New York’s main tourist sites on this small-group Harlem and Bronx bike tour. Pedal through tucked-away neighborhoods and parks—seeing parts of the city hard to access by bus or train. Hear insight from your guide over the 25-mile (40-kilometer) route, spot places to revisit later, and leave with a deeper knowledge of New York than you’d likely get on foot by yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Morris-Jumel Mansion?
The best ways to experience Morris-Jumel Mansion are:
- Harlem-Bronx Small Group Bike Tour
- Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
- Private Tour of Queens, Harlem & Brooklyn
- NYC Harlem and Bronx Bike Tour
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