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Rensselaer County Historical Society

Historic Museums and Attractions
57 and 59 Second Street – RCHS

Don't Miss This When Visiting

The exhibit "UNCLE SAM: THE MAN IN LIFE AND LEGEND" where you'll learn about the real man behind the myth.

Visit our reserach library and see if you ancestors had roots in Rensselaer County.

The famous group portrait of the firemen of the Esek Bussey firehouse, a multi-media collage.

Check the website for program information such as walking tours, house tours, lectures and more.

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is a museum and research library devoted to connecting local history and heritage with contemporary life.

RCHS owns two 19th century townhouse buildings, the National Register listed Hart-Cluett House (H-CH) and its Carriage House, serving as a house museum, and the adjacent Carr Building, housing a research library, galleries, meeting spaces, extensive collections storage space, and staff offices.

RCHS is the largest collecting institution in Rensselaer county and has traditionally worked with researchers, genealogists, writers, architects, historic preservationists, urbanists, designers, academics, and history lovers along with students and teachers.


Season and Hours Open

Thursdays - Saturday Noon to 5pm February - December 23. Also open by appointment.