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Phelps Mansion Museum, Binghamton

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The Phelps Mansion Museum was built in 1870 for Sherman D. Phelps, a local Binghamton businessman, by architect, Isaac G. Perry. The "Gem" at 191 Court Street, now a historic house museum, is an exceptional example of the outstanding ability of Perry to coordinate into his designs beautiful rare woods, metal, and glass in the interior of the house. The restored mansard roof and cresting as well as the iron fence highlight the exterior of the museum.

Declared a national historic landmark in 1973, it was placed on the National Register of Historic American Buildings. In 2005 we received a provisional charter from the Board of Regents as a New York State museum.

The Phelps Mansion Museum will utilize and preserve its unique Victorian facility and collections to serve the public through regular tours, exhibits and programs emphasizing local history, education, literature, art and music.
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  • I enjoyed this tour of the beautiful mansion. We took the Death and Mourning in the 19th Century tour and it was very interesting. The mansion had many stories and information about how a love's one.....  more
    I enjoyed this tour of the beautiful mansion. We took the Death and Mourning in the 19th Century tour and it was very interesting. The mansion had many stories and information about how a love's one.....  more »
  • Love Phelps Mansion! They have various events that are original and interesting. Just attended a Halloween event with my friend from out of town and we both enjoyed it! We were lucky to get... 
    Love Phelps Mansion! They have various events that are original and interesting. Just attended a Halloween event with my friend from out of town and we both enjoyed it! We were lucky to get...  more »
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  • This mansion was so beautiful! The tour guide was super nice and had a alot of knowledge about this homes history. The only downside is that there is mainly no air conditioning throughout the house.
  • Joined Joe and Maggie for their last tour of the day, and had the wonderful privilege of getting two tour guides all to ourselves! Joe is amazingly educated on the social and political history of the gilded age, of local architecture, and the other works of Isaac Perry and his cohorts. We were able to put the house in context with other major projects, the enterprises that made the money of the time, and relationships to benevolent organizations and the way they navigated sociopolitical issues like sufferage and wartime accommodations. I would suggest that visitors be engaged and ask questions, as these folks are a wealth of neat information and perspective. GREAT VISIT!

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