Rensselaer County Historical Society

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.
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.

ADA Accessible
Tours Are Offered
Site is Child-friendly
Site is Pet-friendly

Latitude: 42.7293769 Longitude: -73.6919117 Elevation: 33ft
Contact Information

Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180 US

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