Delve deeper into our rich collections with friendly and knowledgeable guides. No registration required—and all these great activities are free with regular Museum admission. Just drop in and join the conversation!

Exploring Colonial Revival

Prentis and Stencil Houses

These eighteenth-century structures reflect a distinctly twentieth-century interpretation. Learn about the installation of these buildings and the objects featured in the exhibitions in a 45-minute tour led by Museum staff. Meet at the south door of Prentis House, adjacent to Bostwick Garden. Please note that this tour involves stairs.

Daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. 45 minutes.

Full Steam Ahead: Walking Tours of the Ticonderoga

Steamboat Ticonderoga

All Aboard! Discover the restored 1906 steamboat Ticonderoga as it existed in 1923 during our daily walking tour. Learn about the boat’s operation, mechanics, and historical and social context. Meet Museum staff on the aft (rear) deck. Please note that this tour involves several staircases, some confined spaces, and heights.

Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 45 minutes.


Join us to explore America’s craft and cultural heritage through live daily demonstrations. At the Blacksmith Shop, see how early twentieth-century blacksmiths practiced their trade. At the Printing Shop, watch printers demonstrate letterpress printing and highlight changes in printing technology from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Printers work at a range of presses, from the manual acorn press to the automated Heidelberg press. Guides lead demonstrations throughout the day. Please note that both sites close during Guides’ lunch breaks, which vary in time in response to crowd flow. If you find the Printing Shop or Blacksmith Shop closed, try back in 45 minutes.