In celebration of the Museum’s 75th anniversary, this exhibition highlights the commitment of heritage societies, like the Colonial Dames of America, to historic preservation, and honors the dedication of the Colonial Dames to the rescue and restoration of the Museum building, culminating in its opening to the public to coincide with the 1939 World’s Fair.
Part I, through books, documents and photographs, showcases both the founders’ mission for the CDA in 1890 to foster appreciation for American history as well as its early successes at saving historic sites from ruin. This installation also traces the evolution of the Museum building prior to its purchase by the CDA in 1924. This part of the exhibit closes June 22, 2014.
Part II, opening June 27, 2014, portrays through photographs the history of the building from 1924 through its initial opening as the Abigail Adams Smith Museum in 1939 to its reinterpretation as the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden in 2000. This exhibit closes September 7, 2014.
Special events celebrating the Museum’s 75th anniversary begin with a public birthday party on May 18 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Festivities will include historic games, crafts, and cake plus the unveiling of the Museum’s inaugural mascot. A behind-the-scenes Curator’s Tour is planned for September 4 which will trace the architectural and institutional evolution of the building from 1799 carriage house to modern day Museum. For further information call the Museum at 212-838-6878 or visit www.mvhm.org.
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum building was constructed in 1799 as a carriage house and converted into a “day hotel” in 1826. Today the museum transports visitors back to that Mount Vernon Hotel, a 19th century country resort for New Yorkers escaping the crowded city below 14th Street. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York City.
Visitor Information: The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm. The exhibit is open concurrent with Museum hours and is included with admission. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street between First and York Avenues. It is easily accessible from 59th Street/Lexington Avenue on the 4, 5, 6 or N, R, Q.