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“small and very informative; wonderful staff interaction; will go back for the tour of the adjoining house”

Rensselaer County Historical Society
Ranked #9 of 25 things to do in Troy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) is a dynamic not-for-profit established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Situated in the picturesque downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, our 5 galleries and programs are located in two adjacent 19th century townhouses and a carriage house. Our furnished house museum is the historic and architecturally significant 1827 marble Hart-Cluett House while our Carr Building showcases several exhibits, outstanding archives and a research library. Throughout three seasons we offer Walking Tours and Hidden History Tours. In addition, our renowned four-day-long Holiday Greens Show, held annually since 1956, opens each fall one week after Thanksgiving. Enjoy holiday magic in the Hart-Cluett House Museum lushly decorated in live greens, fragrant garland and fresh flowers. Troy's widely popular Victorian Stroll grew from the beloved tradition that is the RCHS Green's Show.
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is a very small and well-done site to visit to learn about the area. The exhibits are thoughtfully assembled and informative. It doesn't take a lot of time to get a sense for what's there, and you can also immerse yourself in the information. We just missed the tour of the house next door, and it looks amazing. We'll time our visit next time so we can get the full tour. Their offerings of walking tours look amazingly wonderful.

Thank CGUrbanaIllinois
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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

CGUrbanaIllinois, Thanks for the informative review. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit and plan to return! Our small staff & many volunteers seek to strike exactly the balance you observed in our galleries. Please introduce yourself to us when next you visit for a tour of the Hart-Cluett House Museum. Its a gem!

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

The changing exhibits highlight the history of Troy and the surrounding towns. The staff is always welcoming and happy to answer questions. There is also a research library available with a unique collection of resources. I also enjoy their walking tours, so look on their web page for upcoming events.

Thank Sarah C
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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Sarah C, Thanks for your input. Our staff members pride themselves on remaining accessible to all visitors so we pleased they were able to answer your questions. We are always glad to have our visitors and researchers enjoy their time with us. Thanks!

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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

What a surprise we had when we were exploring Troy for the first time, and we walked into the Historical Society and saw the Uncle Sam exhibit. They were actually closed the day we went, but they let us look at the Uncle Sam exhibit. We hadn't noticed that the whole town was full of references about Uncle Sam! You should go here and read the story about how he came about being one of our national icons. The women who work here are very nice and helpful. We bought ornaments and books galore.

Thank Kay M
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RensselaerCount... H, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Hello Kay M, I recall your special visit here. We are pleased to know you appreciated your time with us! I hope you are continue to enjoy your books and gift items to remind you of your fun visit to Troy. Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

If you want to learn about the history of the area in particular Troy this is the place to visit. This is the location for doing research about Troy too. The staff is wonderful and most helpful in all regards.

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Historical Society displays were very interesting and gave us information on the history of the county as well as what is going on in the county.

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