As Manhattan’s oldest residence, the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum presents American life from the colonial era to the present by preserving, collecting, and interpreting history, culture, and the arts to engage and inspire diverse audiences.
Morris-Jumel Mansion, Inc. operates the Morris -Jumel Mansion as a historic house museum and thereby seeks to preserve and interpret Manhattan’s oldest residence, one that has witnessed the evolution of northern Manhattan from rural countryside to a dynamic multicultural community. Through historic site tours and education programs, the museum interprets the mansion in the context of domestic life in New York City from 1765 until 1865, the influx of European immigrants to Washington Heights in the late 1800’s, the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the century, the life of the Jumel Terrace Historic District, and more recent immigration. Morris-Jumel Mansion seeks to serve as a cultural resource for an audience of national and international visitors and, in particular, the diverse audiences of the City of New York.
To excite visitors about the lives of the individuals and groups that have contributed to the history of the Mansion, grounds, and neighborhood. This includes the Mary and Roger Morris family and the Eliza and Stephen Jumel family, and those who worked for and with the families; George Washington, his troops, and others who occupied the house during the Revolutionary War; the diverse groups who became part of the neighborhood; along with the visual and performing artists who developed and were integral to the Harlem Renaissance.
To provide history education programming for children and young adults that responds to students’ needs by providing creative outlets through the arts and developing needed skills such as writing and critical thinking.
To provide entertaining and intellectually stimulating adult programming that presents Mansion and neighborhood history through theater, music from African American and European traditions, lectures, and guided tours on various themes.