For the History Buff
Transport yourself into the glorious past by visiting our many historic sites, museums, and halls of fame. Or simply stroll around town and take in the historical architecture and Victorian era homes.
1) Saratoga National Historic Park
This park on the Hudson River includes the site of the Battles of Saratoga, which was the first American military victory of the Revolutionary War. The Park’s tour road is open to cars, bikers and hikers. Bring a bike and and a picnic lunch, and enjoy the spectacular views.
2) Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Grant's cottage has his original furnishings, decorations, and personal items, including the bed where he died in 1885. This Living History museum offers a variety of events from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Columbus Day weekend.
3) National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame
Located in the former Washington Bathhouse, a historic building in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the musuem puts on events and houses an extensive collection of archives and exhibits. You might also want to check it out as a great place to hold a wedding.
4) National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Directly across from the Saratoga Race Course, the musuem houses a diverse collection of art, artifacts, and memorabilia. Don't miss their racing simulator--you can mount up and feel what racing is like from the jockey’s point of view.
5) Brookside Historical Society
Brookside tells Saratoga’s story through interactive and engaging exhibits and programs that will keep kids and adults fascinated. If you'd like to dive into your own research, research assistants are available.
6) Saratoga Automobile Museum
Located in the Spa Park, SAM offers a wide range of public programs for audiences of all ages throughout the year, including gallery tours, exhibition talks, and tech sessions for general audiences. Drop-in tours of current exhibitions are available on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
7) The National Bottle Museum
Did you know that bottle-making was one of the nation's first major industries, and that all bottles were handmade until the early 1900's? Open year round, and offers glass making classes too!
8) Saratoga Monument
Situated on a high bluff where Burgoyne’s last camp was. It commemorates the American victory in the Battle of Saratoga, called “the most important battle of the last 1000 years.”
9) General Phillip Schuyler House
This restored 1777 country house of American General Philip Schuyler is located in the Village of Schuylerville, approximately 8 miles north of the Battlefield. This is also where Alexander Hamilton married Philip Schuyler’s daughter, Eliza. From May through Labor Day, Schuyler House is open for guided tours.
10) New York State Military Museum
The museum is housed in the former 1889 armory displaying 10,000+ uniforms, weapons & art from the Civil War to the present. You'll get an illuminating glimpse into NY state's role in America's various conflicts. Admission is free and the staff is very helpful and engaging.
11) Saratoga Springs History Museum
Located in the historic Canfield Casino building in Congress Park. Three floors full of artifacts and photographic archives housed in permanent collections and current exhibitions. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.
12) The Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast's exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American, and Modern and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection holds nearly 4,000 works, spanning centuries. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm