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Van Cortlandt decorative arts objects
The rich history of the Van Cortlandt Family is told through the interpreted period rooms in Van Cortlandt House and brought to life through carefully chosen objects representing those which would have been available in New York between 1748 and 1823. The greater number of objects is owned by The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York and all the objects you see on exhibit, whether owned or on loan, are the curatorial responsibility of the New York Society.
Most of the objects on exhibit at Van Cortlandt House were not used here during the family’s occupancy. Because the Van Cortlandt family lived in the house for over 130 years (1748-1886), many of the original objects they used have been dispersed among family members as heirlooms or have simply worn out. Everyday objects such as hand spun linen bed sheets, dinner plates, brooms, chairs, drinking glasses, shoes, gowns, and men’s suits have not survived. A number of objects used by the Van Cortlandt family during their occupancy have been gifted back to The New York Society for exhibit in the house and have become among the most cherished items in the collection. Most of the collection, however, is made up of gifts, purchases and loans gathered by members of The New York Society starting in 1896. The core of this collection was acquired as gifts from Society members between 1896 and 1945. Purchases to fill interpretive gaps in the collection and gifts from Van Cortlandt family members continue to this day.
Our Mission:The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.
HEADQUARTERS HOUSE MUSEUM
215 East 71st Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 744-3572
Subway: #6 to 68th Street Station
Bus: M101, M102 or M103 to 72nd Street, or M72 crosstown
School Groups: September - June
donation of $4 per person
VAN CORTLANDT HOUSE MUSEUM
Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx, NY 10471
Tel: (718) 543-3344
Subway: #1 to 242nd Street Station
Bus: Bx9 to West 244th Street
Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 4pm.
Adults $5; Students & Seniors, $3, Children under 12 are free.
Admission is free on Wednesdays.
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