School Tours at Gracie Mansion

School Tours at Gracie Mansion

The People's House and the Official Residence of New York's Mayors since 1942

A New Curriculum for Seventh Grade Social Studies

Select Wednesdays throughout the year* tours for New York public school students will be offered in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Educators planning a visit are encouraged to take full advantage of the new teacher visit guide and curriculum package including pre-visit and post-visit activities. Primary sources included offer a deeper understanding of New York's history especially during the early Republic, and activities based on key moments involving Mayors who have lived in the house, touching on issues from slavery to development of the port to the New Deal.

The civic and social histories of the house since its construction by Archibald Gracie in 1799, as well as its role as New York's official mayoral residence since 1942, are explored through the site. Tours offer encounters with the architecture, and the works of art, artifacts, and decorative objects on display in the public interiors.

Each reserving group is limited to a maximum of 35 students with an expected ratio of one adult for every 10 children. Two concurrent tours can also be requested during the same time slot. Your confirmation will be emailed to you after signing up pending availability - You may print this email to bring with you.

Our school tours times are as follows: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, on Wednesdays only. If you do not see a slot available in the drop-down menu it means that it is fully booked. Please register for an alternate time. The tours start on time; please arrive five (5) minutes prior your scheduled tour time with a form of government issued Photo ID (teachers only). NYPD reserves the right to deny access to guests without Photo ID. Anyone arriving ten (10) minutes or more after the designated hour will not be allowed in, but may wait for the next tour that day. No photography or filming is permitted in Gracie Mansion.

Teachers are responsible for selecting tour time that allow sufficient time to arrive at Gracie Mansion. Tours begin on time!

Spaces are extremely limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. We ask that you please honor your reservation as there is a waitlist to tour Gracie Mansion. In case of an emergency and you cannot attend, please let us know directly by emailing Reservations are non-transferable.

Thank you for reserving today. We look forward to greeting you at Gracie Mansion, The People's House and home of the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray.

All tours are rain or shine!

Teacher Resources

As you will discover, Gracie Mansion and its surrounding land hold an important place in the history of both New York City and the United States well before the House was designated the official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York in 1942. Download the following guide before your visit to Gracie Mansion:

Resource Guide for Teachers

For a limited time (while supplies last, limit (1) per group)

Teachers will receive a copy of Gracie Mansion: A Celebration of New York City's Mayoral Residence by Ellen Stern

The first-ever tribute to Gracie Mansion, New York City's mayoral residence- from it's construction as Archibald Gracie's country home in 1799 to its importance as the home of New York City's mayors and their families (starting with Fiorello La Guardia in 1942).

Gracie Mansion

Additional Information / Security

At the present time we are only providing tours in English and soon hope to expand to other languages.

Please note that the Gracie Mansion Conservancy information line has changed to 212-676- 3060, however we only accept reservations online so please do not leave tour requests there

Gracie Mansion is wheelchair accessible. Please arrive 15 minutes prior tour time.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: book bags, backpacks, food and beverages of any kind, strollers, video cameras, selfie sticks, tobacco products, any pointed objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.), aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size. The NYPD reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.

Umbrellas, wallets, compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches, cell phones and car keys are permitted. Come prepared; there are no storage facilities on-site.

Getting to Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion is accessible by public transportation.

VIA SUBWAY: Take the MTA 4, MTA 5, MTA 

6 trains to 86th Street. Walk 5 blocks east to East End Avenue, then two blocks north to 88th Street.

Or take the MTA 

Q to 86th Street and 2nd Avenue. Walk 3 blocks east to East End Avenue, then two blocks north to 88th Street.

VIA BUS: Take the crosstown M86 or the M31 which run on York Avenue, to York Avenue and 88th Street. Walk one block east to East End Avenue.

VIA FERRY: Take the NYC Ferry (Soundview Route) NYC FERRY to the East 90th Street Ferry Landing and walk south 2 blocks, Gracie Mansion will be located West of the waterway.

There is no parking at Gracie Mansion. The following list of nearby garages is included for your convenience.

Icon Parking Systems
536 East 88th Street (between York and East End Avenues)

LAZ East 87th
1664 York Avenue (between 87th and 88th Streets)

Waterview Parking, Inc.
590 East 89th Street (between York and East End Avenues)

Please complete the below form to request an available date and time.

Reserve (Teachers ONLY)

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The school tours will be held on Wednesdays exclusively. Available dates may change without notice.