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.
First Friday! Music & Trolley
Friday, April 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the folk group Hawthorne–Nat Osborn, Aimee Bayles, Karna Ray, and Stu Mahan–performs 6–8 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
ACT/REACT: Re-Imagining the Past
Friday, April 8, 7 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 5 and 6 p.m.
Together with the City Island Theater Group and the Supporting Characters, BPMM presents a unique immersive theatrical event with short, site-specific performances that bring the period rooms of the mansion to life. Follow the actors from room to room as you step back in time.
Registration required. Free
Introduction to Meditation
Mondays, April 25, May 2–23
The benefits of meditation are many--mentally, emotionally, and physically. An effective treatment for stress, lack of focus, relationship problems, addiction, and more, studies suggest it also helps with overall health. Each week participants are led through a variety of guided meditations to help them learn how to continue the practice on their own. Ann Casapini brings twenty years of experience as a certified yoga instructor and meditation practitioner.
Cost $85 for five-class series; $75 members
Registration and pre-payment required
Member Bridge & Games Luncheon
Thursday, April 14, 12–2 p.m.
Call for details.
Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Con Edison and New York Cares join forces to make the grounds of BPMM beautiful. You should, too! Registration requested. Free
Poetry in the Parlors
Sunday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.
BPMM teams up again with Four Way Books to present Sunday afternoon poetry readings in the double parlors. Poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths reads from her 2015 book Lighting the Shadow and novelist and poet Victoria Redel from her work Make Me Do Things. Reception with a book signing afterwards. Registration requested. Cost $10 adults; $8 seniors and students
Curators’ Talk: Fashion and Femininity in Gilded Age America
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Women’s fashion in the late 19th century wasn’t just glamorous, it was revolutionary. Styles reflected the dramatic changes taking place in American society. Claire McRee and Sarah Pickman, curators of Gilded Age Glamour: Fashions from the Bartow- Pell Collection, discuss the era as a turning point in how women dressed and lived. Registration requested. Free
Garden Art Talk
Figures, Fountains & Peacocks Lachaise Garden Sculpture, 1920–1935
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Marking the one-year anniversary of the installation of the two proud bronze Gaston Lachaise peacocks overlooking the formal garden on loan from the Lachaise Foundation, Executive Director Paula Hornbostel discusses the sculptures, the artist, and more. Registration requested. Free
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 available at bpmm.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or call 718.885.1461