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Rensselaer County Historical Society

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Address: 57 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180-3928
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+1 518-272-7232
12:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) is a dynamic...

The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) is a dynamic not-for-profit established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Situated in the picturesque downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the galleries and programs are located in two adjacent 19th century townhouses and a carriage house. Our furnished house museum is the historic and architecturally significant 1827 marble Hart-Cluett House while our Carr Building showcases several exhibits, outstanding archives and a research library. Throughout three seasons we offer Walking Tours and Hidden History Tours. In addition our renowned four day-long Holiday Greens Show opens every year one week after Thanksgiving each year since 1956. Enjoy holiday magic in the Hart-Cluett House Museum lushly decorated in live greens, fragrant garland and fresh flowers. Troy's widely popular Victorian Stroll grew from the beloved tradition that is the RCHS Green's Show.

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Great History

If you want to learn about the history of the area in particular Troy this is the place to visit. This is the location for doing research about Troy too. The staff is wonderful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 June 2016
Bob C
Albany, New York
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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a surprise we had when we were exploring Troy for the first time, and we walked into the Historical Society and saw the Uncle Sam exhibit. They were actually closed the day we went, but they let us look at the Uncle Sam exhibit. We hadn't noticed that the whole town was full of references about Uncle Sam! You... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

If you want to learn about the history of the area in particular Troy this is the place to visit. This is the location for doing research about Troy too. The staff is wonderful and most helpful in all regards.

Thank Bob C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Historical Society displays were very interesting and gave us information on the history of the county as well as what is going on in the county.

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Troy, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

There are many things ,they offer,but you must join or kee pup on them to know,sometimes they travel,there is a very large history libaray,so much to learn ,if you are that ttype did include a number to call,good hunting. Discover the many unique opportunities for learning that the Rensselaer County Historical Society offers to visitors. Our extensive object and library... More 

Thank LaCat304
karinkl57, Executive Director at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this review

Brenda L., Nice to to read that you enjoyed RCHS and the great variety of treasures housed here! Yes, we do have "history on the go" presentations and they are popular with young students and adults. Do let us know if you have a special area of historical interest. As you referenced our vast collection in our Research Library, I... More 

Troy, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

An incredible historic house museum with outstanding period décor, this institution offers learning opportunities and much more. Rotating exhibits highlight the history of Rensselaer County and the City of Troy, NY. A research library with outstanding printed and manuscript collections provides insight into 19th and early 20th century life in a city on the Hudson River with a vibrant commercial... More 

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Schaghticoke, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

RCHS has a permanent exhibit on Troy icon Uncle Sam plus changing exhibits .one this year on Troy's Bicentennial. Very knowledgeable staff does periodic tours of gorgeous historic home next door plus tours in the city and county. I researched early businesses in the county in the library/archive. .a treasure trove.

Thank kelly48571
karinkl57, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this review

Dear Kelly48571, Thank you for sharing your positive experience at RCHS. We are always happy to assist researchers and gallery visitors. If you would like to visit the Marble House aka Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum, please join us on the 2nd Saturday of most months for scheduled tours at 2 p.m. or contact us to set up a private tour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

Interesting place to visit. Had some time in between watching womans hockey and had a wee visit. So much history!

Thank JJtheCruiser
karinkl57, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this review

JJthe Cruiser, Very glad you had a great time visiting us. We wanted you you to know that each season we have new exhibits and tours so we hope you will stop in again! Thanks for your review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Amazing old mansion, well-preserved and looked after, which gives a good feel for the styles and architecture of the period. It is well worth visiting when they put on their Christmas greenery exhibition - wreaths etc. Charming.

Thank Mark H
Troy New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

The centerpiece of the Rensselear County Historical Society is the Hart-Cluett Mansion, restored to show life in the mid-1800s for a wealthy family. I love the life-size, cast iron dog sculpture! It was probably a family pet immortalized. And the music box is beyond the beyond— it's like a full orchestra in a case. Family rooms, kitchen, servant's quarters are... More 

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

My visits to the historical society have been during the Vivtorian Stroll. The flow was consistent, donations requested and all explanations interesting.

Thank 443ann

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