Raynham Hall Museum and its collection

Raynham Hall Museum

The mission of Raynham Hall Museum is to enable visitors of the nearly 300-year-old Townsend family home in Oyster Bay to experience what it meant to be prominent merchants and heroic patriots, and to become engaged in the worlds of espionage, domestic life, and the decorative arts. The Museum achieves its mission through the preservation and interpretation of the Townsend family home; educational programs and changing exhibits; the preservation and interpretation of an exceptional collection of archives and artifacts that provide an in-depth look at the lives and times of the Townsend family since 1738; historic preservation advocacy. The building and grounds of Raynham Hall are owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, and the site is operated as a museum by the Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1991, the only historic house museum on Long Island to bear that distinction. We are also a local, state, and national landmark, listed at the national level of significance. We welcome thousands of students every year who come on class field trips to enhance their knowledge of Revolutionary War history, and our costumed educators also offer tours to walk-in visitors. Additionally, we offer group tours on other historic subjects that can be tailored to your needs, and we offer many adult and children’s workshops throughout the year. We partner with other community groups to encourage the revitalization of this vibrant community, and we advocate for historic preservation.

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Raynham Hall Museum
30 W Main St
New York

Visitor information Raynham Hall Museum

Opening hours

Monday Closed
13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00

Open 12 months a year. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.


Groups of 10+$8.00
Members and children under sixFree
Students & Senior Citizens$10.00

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, self-guided tours are offered every hour from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This tour, using the augmented reality app, 1776AR, lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes the exhibition hall and historic house. The AR app places you in the center of the American Revolution, using technology to bring history to life.
On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, guided tours are offered at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., lasting approximately 90 minutes including the exhibition hall and historic Townsend house. Learn about the Revolutionary War and Culper Spy Ring in a historic home detailing daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Wheelchair accessible
Museum shop

Location & Map

30 W Main St, Oyster Bay

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Raynham Hall Museum Reviews

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    Christopher • Nov 8, 2023

    Excellent presentation on Long Island history, the family's involvement in the Revolutionary War and the Culper Spy Ring. Highly recommended!

    Visited on Nov 8, 2023

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