The museum is closed on the following national holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The museum will also be closed on Saturday, May 7 for a special event.
National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 6, 3–5 p.m.
Enjoy free guided tours of BPMM’s historic landscape and gardens. The terraced formal garden, which celebrates its centennial this year, features two 1920s bronze peacock sculptures by French sculptor Gaston Lachaise (1882–1935). Bring a picnic and make a day of it! (Or stay afterwards for First Friday live music.)
First Friday! Music & Trolley
Friday, May 6, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
The Lickety Split trio—Skip Giacco, vocals; Frank Pisani, keyboard; and Lincoln Schleifer, bass—performs American standards from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the music, explore the museum, and stroll the garden; light refreshments available. The trolley makes an hourly loop starting at 5:25 p.m. from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Registration requested. Cost $12 adults, $10 seniors and students; members free
Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 7, 5–7:30 p.m.
Join us to watch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby and support the museum in style! Jazz, juleps, and prizes for the most elegant and original hats add to the fun. Tickets and more info.
Bronx Week at Bartow-Pell
May 8, 11, 14, 15, 12–4 p.m.
Celebrate history and preservation in the Bronx with free guided tours of the mansion. View the spring exhibition, Gilded Age Glamour: Fashions from the Bartow-Pell Collection, extended through May 15. Free
Mansions and Cottages Trolley Tour
Friday, May 13, and Saturday, June 25 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Take a trolley tour of historic homes and gardens in the Bronx. The tour culminates at Bartow-Pell, stopping first at Wave Hill, Van Cortlandt House, Valentine-Varian House, and Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, and driving by various historical sites along the way. Includes lunch at Arthur Avenue. Departs from Grand Concourse between158th and 161st streets. Cost $50 adults, $25 children under 12. For more information and tickets, call the Bronx Tourism Council at 718.590.3518.
Time Will Tell: Clocks at Bartow-Pell
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Discover the world of gears, drives, wheels, and escapements with John Metcalfe, owner and founder of Antiquarian Horologist. Learn about the 19th-century clocks at BPMM, the history of clock making, and antique clock restoration and repair. Reception afterwards. Admission proceeds and donations go toward the restoration of clocks in the collection. Cost $10 adults; $8 seniors, students, and members. Registration requested.718-885-1461 or email@example.com
Centennial Plant Sale
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Let your garden be inspired by ours! Unusual annuals, perennials, and herbs for sale, plus demonstrations on edible gardening and potting plants. Rain date: Sunday, May 22
at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
July 11–15; July 18–2; August 8–12
Why spend those summer days indoors at your house when you could spend them outdoors at ours ?
Children entering grades 1 through 6 are invited to spend a week at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. having fun and learning about gardening, sustainability, and local history. This unique program mixes core activities in the organic children’s garden with exploration of the 19th-century mansion, the Northeast Woodlands wigwam, and family life in both. Kids will also enjoy engaging crafts, wildlife investigations, creative cooking, nature hikes, and more.
Session I, July 11–July 15, register by June 27
Session II, July 18–July 22, register by July 4
Session III, August 8–August 12, register by July 25
Cost: $210 per session; members $180 per session; scholarships available. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.885.1461