Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate is a Beautiful Home and Gardens Museum in New York

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Kykuit is the name of the Rockefeller Estate located on the heights above the Hudson River north of NYC. Kykuit is open to the public for tours.

Kykuit is the name of the John D. Rockefeller Estate located at 200 Lake Road in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills in Mt. Pleasant, New York along the Hudson River about 25 miles north of New York City. Kykuit is a Dutch word which roughly means "lookout" and from the Rockefeller Estate on a height above the Hudson River one can see great views of the Hudson River Valley to the north and all the way to the New York City skyline in the south.

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Kykuit was built from 1907 to 1913 for the oil millionaire tycoons John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and his son John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The main residence at Kykuit is built from stone in Classic Revival Georgian architectural style and contains six floors.

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There are many other buildings and residences in Kykuit or the Rockefeller Estate and a number of Rockefellers still live on the estate but when former New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller died in 1979 he left his share of Kykuit to the Nationla Trust for Historic Preservation. So parts of Kykuit are open today to the public for tours.

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Here is a list of tours available at Kykuit and a quick rundown of what each tour includes. Please note the only tours that are wheelchair accessible are the Classic and Timesaver Tours. The gardens at Kykuit are terraced and contain steps and the main building does not have elevator service to the second floor so any tour that goes to the second floor or the gardens is not wheelchair accessible.

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Tours to Kykuit start at Phillipsburg Manor which is located right along Route 9 at 381 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Just follow the signs along Route 9 you cannot miss it. A shuttle bus takes visitors from the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor to Kykuit for the tours.

Classic Tour

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Includes the main house first floor and underground art galleries, the Inner Garden and the West Terrace which offers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. This tour is recommended for first-time visitors and also includes the Coach Barn.

The Grand Tour

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Basically the same tour as the Classic Tour except visitors also get to go up to the second floor balcony of the main house which has even better views than the West Terrace.

Selected Highlights Tour

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Includes just the first floor of the house but all of the gardens at Kykuit including the Italian Garden and the Adam and Eve fountain area.

Timesaver Tour

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Includes visits to the main house but not the art galleries and visits to the Inner Garden and West Terrace. The same tour as the Classic Tour but without the art galleries and Coach Barn.

Gardens and Sculpture Tour for Groups

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Includes all of the gardens and sculpture areas on the grounds of Kykuit but does not include any of the buildings on the Rockefeller Estate.

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