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Rensselaer County Historical Society

57 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180-3928
+1 518-272-7232
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Interesting Place

Our son who lives in Troy took us to the Historical Society. We like it. Gives a sense of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
prabharao
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Mumbai, India
Beautiful place to visit for xmas holidays

Bring the grandchildren here for a delightful visit and see how the Historical Society decorated a... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Nancy F
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Troy, New York
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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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Hours Today: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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57 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180-3928
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+1 518-272-7232
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our son who lives in Troy took us to the Historical Society. We like it. Gives a sense of American history (including Uncle Sam from Troy) . what we found most interesting were the old radiators (used for heating in the early 20th. century). They...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Bring the grandchildren here for a delightful visit and see how the Historical Society decorated a Christmas tree each year. Absolutely breathtaking and very different each year. Besides the tree mostly the whole inside was also decorated and it was gorgeousMore

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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Nancy F. Great to hear you and your grandchildren enjoyed your visit here! Our many Van Rensselaer Garden Club volunteers and RCHS staff will be pleased to know their work was a joy to both generations. Each year there is a different theme and each...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is a very small and well-done site to visit to learn about the area. The exhibits are thoughtfully assembled and informative. It doesn't take a lot of time to get a sense for what's there, and you can also immerse yourself in the information....More

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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

CGUrbanaIllinois, Thanks for the informative review. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit and plan to return! Our small staff & many volunteers seek to strike exactly the balance you observed in our galleries. Please introduce yourself to us when next...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

The changing exhibits highlight the history of Troy and the surrounding towns. The staff is always welcoming and happy to answer questions. There is also a research library available with a unique collection of resources. I also enjoy their walking tours, so look on their...More

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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Sarah C, Thanks for your input. Our staff members pride themselves on remaining accessible to all visitors so we pleased they were able to answer your questions. We are always glad to have our visitors and researchers enjoy their time with us. Thanks!

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Reviewed 23 February 2017 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....More

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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Hello Kay M, I recall your special visit here. We are pleased to know you appreciated your time with us! I hope you are continue to enjoy your books and gift items to remind you of your fun visit to Troy. Thanks for your review!

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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.

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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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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...More

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karinkl57, Executive Director at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

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...More

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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...More

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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...More

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karinkl57, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2016

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...More

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