Senate House State Historic Site has reopened its facilities for tours and museum visitors with proper health and social distancing guidelines to protect visitors and staff. The Site’s buildings had been closed to the public since March due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. 

The site re-opened for visitors starting July 8th with operating hours of: 

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm 
  • Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm 

Visitors can experience a guided tour of the Senate House, the 18th century home of Abraham VanGaasbeek and the meeting place of the first New York State Senate in the midst of the American Revolution, as well as two floors of exhibits in the site’s museum building. Tours will be held on the hour, with the last tour leaving at 4 pm each day. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children 12 years of age and younger are free. 

Senate House staff are committed to keeping visitors healthy and safe by keeping public areas clean. 

Please be prepared to follow these guidelines:

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, we ask that visitors please observe the following guidance.

Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering to enter our buildings or utilize our grounds. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering in our buildings and outdoors when not able to maintain social distancing with patrons and staff. This is based on an honor system. We will NOT be inquiring about vaccination status.

Building capacities are limited to the number of patrons who can safely socially distance. Tour capacity will continue to be limited.


Senate House State Historic Site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. 

For further information, please call 845-338-2786, visit the state parks website at, or find us on Facebook

Rates and Fees

Tour of Senate House and Museum Admission:

$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Seniors
Children Age 12 and under are free

Group Tours – $5 per person
School Group Lesson – $3
School Outreach Lesson – $3

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With unexampled cruelty, you have reduced the fine village of Kingston to ashes, and most of the wretched inhabitants to ruin. I am also informed, you continue to ravage and burn all before you on both sides of the river…

Other Generals…are now by the fortune of war in my hands; their fortune may one day be yours when, Sir, it may not be in the power of any thing human to save you from the just vengeance of an injured people.

I am Sir Y’r Most Obed’t Hum Serv’t
Horatio Gates

Letter to British Major-General John Vaughan
from American General Horatio Gates

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