Our history museums have unique stories to tell, from the daily life on a 1732 Dutch Colonial homestead, to the history of WWI and barnstorming era airplanes. Go straight to the scene by taking an historic tour at a Little Red School House, a 1914 railroad station, or the FDR Presidential Library. You can even see Dutchess County through the eyes of the original Dutch settlers with a self-guided audio tour from Dutch Heritage World Tours.

Bannerman Castle

Discover the ruins of this Scottish-style castle on the Hudson River was built in the early 1900s by Frank Bannerman, VI. to store military surplus items. The Pollepel shuttles you from the Beacon Ins...

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Bard College

Founded in 1860, Bard College's liberal arts program is ranked among the nation's best. Overlooking the Hudson River in charming Annandale-on-Hudson, the 1,000-acre campus is a superb setting for stud...

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Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus

This 380-acre estate is a National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains and overlooking the Hudson River. Designed by renown...

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Beacon Historical Society

Learn more about local history through extensive historical collections, events, and galleries held by the Beacon Historical Society. The 5,000+ items in their collections all relate back to Beacon an...

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Clermont State Historic Site

Visit the country estate of seven generations of the prominent Livingston family. Originally built by Robert Livingston around 1740, Clermont mansion was burned to the ground in October 1777 by Britis...

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Clinton House State Historic Site

The Dutchess County Historical Society located in the Clinton House Historic Site built in c.1765, conserves the past to educate for the future by procuring, promoting, and preserving the history of D...

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Creek Meeting House Exhibit Center

Visit the former Quaker Meeting House located in the northern portion of the hamlet of Clinton Corners. The stone structure built in 1777, holds the story of the town and its seven hamlets through ove...

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Dutchess Community College

Serves over 25,000 each year through credit and credit-free classes and training for business and industry. Features 60 academic programs, an art gallery, a theater, and numerous lectures and cultural...

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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Tour the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady of the United States, "Val-Kill", was the home of Eleanor Roosevelt from 1945-1962. Here, Franklin and Eleanor entertained friends, stat...

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Elmendorph Inn

Stop by the oldest building in Red Hook! Built in1760s the Inn and tavern now has restored with ‘windows’ in the walls exposing early construction and decor. You can reserve the inn for your meeti...

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First Reformed Dutch Church

Discover the rich history of the First Reformed Dutch Church in Fishkill with a congregation dating to 1716. Its original 1731 building was the meeting place for the New York Provincial Congress and w...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Experience the Roosevelt presidency, from the Great Depression through the New Deal years and World War II, emphasizing Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Specia...

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