ALBANY — Shimmering lights, festive trees and bright garlands inside and out set the scene at the Ten Broeck Mansion, a historic house museum which welcomes the community as a place to make family memories today. Tours with timed tickets are noon-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 4 through Dec. 19.
Indoor admission is by timed tickets, advance purchase only. Tickets are available via the ACHA’s website www.tenbroeckmansion.org. Walk-through tours of groups of 8 or less feature docents to share information about holidays in the past, and the history of the Ten Broeck Mansion. Adults, $5. Children and ACHA members are free. All visitors must wear facemasks and practice social distancing.
New children’s activities this year include “Indoor Forest” and “Round the World” activities for children, plus free take-home ornament kits.
On Dec. 12 from noon-2:30 p.m., “Sinterklaas,” the Dutch St. Nicholas and the patron saint of children, is available for free family photos outdoors and holiday poem readings on the Mansion’s decorated porch. Learn about Dutch and other cultural traditions for the holidays. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear face masks. Free and open to families.
The Ten Broeck Mansion also features a Wreath Sale and Museum Shop sale, featuring wreaths designed and made by local garden clubs and artisans. Artisan and Museum Shop hours are noon-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday Dec. 3 through Dec. 19.
The community is invited to bring canned goods or boxed cereal or pasta, which the ACHA will distribute to a local food pantry.
The ACHA thanks the following organizations who generously volunteered to decorate and make wreaths for the Ten Broeck Mansion: Delmar Progress Club, Garden Study Club, Albany County Master Gardeners, Members of the DAR, Members of the Daughters of 1812, Helderview Garden Club, Bethlehem Garden Club, Mohawk-Hudson Weavers’ Guild, Greenville Garden Club, and the Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America.
The Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1798 for Abraham and Elizabeth Ten Broeck. The ACHA was founded in 1942 and received the 1798 Ten Broeck Mansion as a gift from the Olcott family in 1948. The mission of the ACHA is to preserve, present, promote, and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County. Its four-acre museum site includes the Mansion, gardens, and exhibit and gallery space at King’s Place.
For more information and to reserve tickets, see the ACHA’s website at www.tenbroeckmansion.org.