Morris-Jumel Mansion
Morris-Jumel Mansion
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Manhattan's oldest house, somewhat of an aberration in the modern neighborhood of Washington Heights, served as a command post for George Washington.
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  • Emm730
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time Traveling in NYC
    The Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York is like a time machine that takes you back to the 18th century. It's this old, elegant house where George Washington once hung out during the Revolutionary War. You get to stroll through these fancy rooms with creaky wooden floors and imagine what life was like back when wigs were cool. The garden outside is a peaceful escape from the city buzz. If you're into history or just want a break from modern chaos, it's a cool spot to check out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Katie G
    Las Vegas, Nevada39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely haunted! Learned about this house from the Holzer Files
    We learned of the Morris Jumel mansion from the Holzer Files on tv. We love a good ghost story and this house delivers! My husband and I were visiting NYC and decided to check out the tour. We spent about 30 minutes doing the tour of the grounds of the outside of the mansion and learning more about the history and then we moved inside for a self guided tour where you could spend as much time as you would like. We ended up spending at least an hour inside checking out the different rooms that we heard were haunted from the show. And Eliza‘s room we definitely felt a heaviness. It was so much fun I wish we could’ve been in town for the for the paranormal investigation, they were doing the following weekend. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in history or in true haunted houses.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,394 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ver nice self guided tour of the mansion
    I had not been in the Morris Jumel Mansion since pre-COVID and they had done a lot with the interior and with the interpretive story. The self guided tour is interesting when you think of the people who have stayed here including George and Martha Washington and Aaron Burr. The house even has some of the original furniture from the Jumel family. The walls are covered with a reproduction of the original wallpaper and all the rooms have descriptions of the use of each room. The gardens are nice but over grown and could use someTLC. They really do need a good weeding and planting. Still the mansion is very interesting to visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written June 10, 2024
  • MichiganMelissa04
    Plymouth, Michigan781 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historic gem in the city - worth the trip
    I love this little gem in the city. The history of this place is really something, with many notable people playing a role. Eliza Jumel was an amazing woman. We did not pay for a tour and were just going to walk around, but the cashier [for lack of a better word] offered to tell us a bit about the home and we said yes please. She did a phenomenal job and really drew us in. The exterior could use some help - apparently that is the job of the City. The interior is fabulously maintained by a historic non-profit of some kind. Hopefully the City steps up their game to ensure that this home will last through the ages.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 17, 2024
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Michael B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The rooms were sparsely decorated with fewer pieces actually from this house than I had hoped.
The exterior is shabby with peeling paint and the park is run down.
The entry process is difficult and cumbersome and the staff and management are unwelcoming and unfriendly. The front door has a barrage of signage (“No restrooms inside”) in addition to threats and warnings but I could find no information on how actually to get it. I didn’t know to ring the bell, use the knocker, bang, or keep turning the knob, so I tried all three. I felt uncomfortable and unwelcome as nothing seemed to work. After a while the door finally opened so I can’t give any advice as to which method is correct. An elaborate entry procedure followed and the judgmental and humorless demeanor of the “welcoming” staff left me feeling shaken. It took almost as long to get into the house as it did to tour its few rooms.
It also bothered me that exhibits seem out of touch with today’s social climate. Platitudes (such as BLM) covering the otherwise empty upstairs hallway walls (surprisingly few paintings) ring empty as if they are being used to cover what may be an actual lack of diversity among the management staff. It is as if a poorly diverse management is misusing the important BLM movement as a fashionable trinket to cover its own shortcomings, like icing on stale cake.
It is a pity that the Morris Jumel Mansion is such a disappointment. Generations of supporters have poured a fortune of time, good will and donations into this project only to have been squandered by today’s archaic management.
On the good side, the standoffishness of management leads to very few visitors so I easily got an available slot on the day of the visit. While a small handful of visitors entered exactly at 2pm., I was the only visitor by 2:30 so I felt alone in this lonely house. Otherwise, it is a long trip up to 160th Street and it is not really worth it.
Written April 22, 2022
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Sherry F
New York City, NY102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Very important piece of history but they could do more to enrich the experience. We were there yesterday and in two of the rooms the pieces of furniture were not correctly identified on the chart at the door. The person staffing the gift shop explained that they were in the process of making changes but that's not much of an excuse. There are only a couple of rooms available to visit and each room only had 7 or 8 pieces of furniture. It wouldn't take much effort to type up a temporary room guide.
Written May 31, 2021
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Katie G
Las Vegas, NV39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We learned of the Morris Jumel mansion from the Holzer Files on tv. We love a good ghost story and this house delivers! My husband and I were visiting NYC and decided to check out the tour. We spent about 30 minutes doing the tour of the grounds of the outside of the mansion and learning more about the history and then we moved inside for a self guided tour where you could spend as much time as you would like. We ended up spending at least an hour inside checking out the different rooms that we heard were haunted from the show. And Eliza‘s room we definitely felt a heaviness. It was so much fun I wish we could’ve been in town for the for the paranormal investigation, they were doing the following weekend. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in history or in true haunted houses.
Written December 16, 2023
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Eddie S
Bronx, NY1,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
We visited the museum on a school trip as part of a NYC and the five boroughs history lesson for school. It was nice to walk in the steps of some of the country’s famous forefathers. The tour was full of information for both the children and the adults. The information had you thinking of life back in pre and early America. Although some rooms were undergoing renovations and were empty, there was an awesome exhibit about the former home of the NY GIants (baseball team), the Polo Grounds. The exhibit included the Giants as well as some other NY Teams that played there. What a nice day out.
Written January 27, 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I had not been in the Morris Jumel Mansion since pre-COVID and they had done a lot with the interior and with the interpretive story. The self guided tour is interesting when you think of the people who have stayed here including George and Martha Washington and Aaron Burr.

The house even has some of the original furniture from the Jumel family. The walls are covered with a reproduction of the original wallpaper and all the rooms have descriptions of the use of each room.

The gardens are nice but over grown and could use someTLC. They really do need a good weeding and planting. Still the mansion is very interesting to visit.
Written June 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Emm730
Fort Lauderdale, FL43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York is like a time machine that takes you back to the 18th century. It's this old, elegant house where George Washington once hung out during the Revolutionary War. You get to stroll through these fancy rooms with creaky wooden floors and imagine what life was like back when wigs were cool. The garden outside is a peaceful escape from the city buzz. If you're into history or just want a break from modern chaos, it's a cool spot to check out.
Written November 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Judy423
East Brunswick, NJ46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
This beautiful historic mansion, which is the oldest surviving house in Manhattan, has a fascinating history which was brought to life by our excellent tour guide Karen. She shared wonderful anecdotes about the women and men who lived in this mansion as we toured The grounds and the interior which includes beautiful Empire period furnishings many of which are original to the families who occupied the home. Among the famous or infamous people associated with the house is Aaron Burr but you have to go on Karen’s tour to hear About the even more interesting women who lived there!
Written May 6, 2022
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Kelli
Keller, TX1,356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We scheduled a private tour for our family via email, as the regularly scheduled times were outside of our availability. They have a great app as well as flip cards to help you tour through the home and get a good sense of both the history of the house and the stories of the people who lived there. There is a scavenger hunt activity available for kids and my son thought it was super cool looking for the hidden object. We really enjoyed our visit and learned a lot!
Written April 3, 2022
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MichiganMelissa04
Plymouth, MI781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I love this little gem in the city. The history of this place is really something, with many notable people playing a role. Eliza Jumel was an amazing woman. We did not pay for a tour and were just going to walk around, but the cashier [for lack of a better word] offered to tell us a bit about the home and we said yes please. She did a phenomenal job and really drew us in. The exterior could use some help - apparently that is the job of the City. The interior is fabulously maintained by a historic non-profit of some kind. Hopefully the City steps up their game to ensure that this home will last through the ages.
Written June 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Very interesting 1765 historical home with tidbits on George Washington and Aaron Burr as well as a 19th century female entrepreneur, Eliza Jumel. Lovely interior with astounding wallpaper. Take note of the “Aaron Burr desk.” Several of the temporary exhibitions are unique and inspiring (Revised Histories). Docents are friendly and informative. Beautiful grounds to wander and maybe have a picnic lunch? Near to Sylvan Terrace which is worth seeing too. Given what NYC offers, it is not for a first time NYC visitor perhaps, but the house should be on every historian’s “to do” list. They also have a paranormal tour that sounds intriguing.
Written March 11, 2023
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