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Senate House State Historic Site

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Address: 296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3836
Phone Number:
+1 845-338-2786
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Built in 1676, the Senate House reflects the Dutch way of life that...

Built in 1676, the Senate House reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. More importantly, it was the meeting place for the original New York State Senate after the Revolutionary War. History was made here as colonists shaped a newly created government. There is a collection of colonial-era artifacts, furniture, and a portrait gallery featuring the works of the famous colonial artist, John Vanderlyn. The Senate House State Historic site is comprised of 3 buildings: the 1676 Senate House, the Senate House Museum & Gallery, and the Loughran House (which houses staff offices and is open for special events only). The property welcomes individuals, families, school groups, scout troops and group bus tours. The site offers special educational programs for school field trips and home school groups. Check the website for special events listings.

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Closed for Winter but Fun to See!

We visited Kingston in February, and while walking around the shops on Wall Street, we saw the Senate Historic Site. They have lots of really historical and beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Marlton, New Jersey
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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Kingston in February, and while walking around the shops on Wall Street, we saw the Senate Historic Site. They have lots of really historical and beautiful buildings here to see, but the inside tours where closed for the winter. It was still neat to see in person, and even when closed during the winter to do inside tours,... More 

Thank Hgtravl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I thought that our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The building was quite old and the history interesting. The senate house is in downtown Kingston, which is a cute town . It was only $3 for a senior admission, so the price was right!

Thank Chancellosville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We first contacted the Senate Museum by phone from Philadelphia. A lady named "Robin" facilitated our visit in advance. When we arrived at the Museum on 10-6-16, we met two other ladies who were also extremely helpful. One of these ladies, educated at New Paltz, conducted our tour. She is highly educated in areas relevant to the tour and conveyed... More 

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Latham, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was truly a pleasure to visit the Senate House. I last visited the site approximately 50 years ago as a Cub Scout! I was born and raised in Kingston and I still consider it to be "home" even though I've lived in the capital district for the past 36 years. I returned to the Senate House in a different... More 

Thank Fpatience
Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This August my daughter was married in Kingston, NY at The Historic Old Dutch Church. The entire wedding then walked to The Senate House to begin the wedding festivities which is adjacent to the wedding venue, The Senate Garage. For a fee you can rent the grounds of The Senate House from NYS for the day. There are some restrictions,... More 

Thank beth61norm
East Greenbush, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Had the opportunity to visit the Senate House and adjacent museum on Thursday, August 17. The Senate House is a small building that is full of history from the 1600s through the 1800s. Our tour guide was excellent and fully versed in all aspects of the history of the museum, the building and its contents from its Dutch founding, to... More 

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Thanks for your wonderful review! We so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Riverton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Being from the area, this was a part of history growing up. I'd always wanted to bring my kids to see it but it was always closed when we'd travel back east. Finally hit it at the right time, kids enjoyed it (probably not as much as me), and learned a lot in the process. the tour gal was amazing... More 

Thank Charles D
Suffern, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

The Senate House is located in the historic area of Kingston NY and is a state historic site. Despite the history of this building and its furnishings which are representative of the period it is similar to many other buildings of its kind. Accordingly, it is well worth a stop if you are in Kingston or its environs but i... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We enjoyed a complete tour with lots of time to ask questions. Came away with a memorable visit and lots of pictures home-life circa 1700s

Thank travelbob1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Guide was very knowledgeable of the history of Kingston and senate house. Made the tour very interesting. Best $4.00 I spent in a long time.

Thank Angela H

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