This landscape and home-focused tour includes a brief history of specimen plants original to the property, the carefully-restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse, and the wonderfully romantic foxglove garden. Book your tour of this Victorian house in New York online today!
The “Classic” Guided Tour
- General Admission Ages 12+
Join our Octagon House Tours for a Look at this Victorian House from the Inside!
Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark’s shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape.
This lyrical home retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. The tour is conducted by highly trained guides and while in covers much of the garden, including our charming Lord and Burnham Greenhouse, the emphasis of the tour is on the interior, encompassing three floors which include the Lady’s Kitchen, the enchanting Dining Room, and the magnificent Egyptian Revival Room.
– Our 1-hour tours are conducted by highly trained docents and include both the exterior and interior of the home.
– Tickets are required for all guests, including those under the age of 18. This experience is best suited for ages 12 and up – babies and toddlers (although delightful) are not appropriate to bring along for the tour.
– Free parking is available on site, along our driveway or in the circle in front of The Octagon House, but it is limited. Please do not park on West Clinton Avenue.
– We ask that you please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your tour time and depart within 15 minutes of the end of your tour. If possible, please carpool if coming as a group. This allows us to make sure all ticketed visitors have access to parking on the grounds.
– The tour is not recommended for individuals who will have difficulty walking up and down three flights of stairs or those who cannot stand for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.
– We have limited restroom facilities, so we recommend planning ahead and using the restroom before arriving at The Octagon House. Especially during busy times, our restroom may be unavailable prior to the start of your tour.
– Please leave all large belongings at home or in a vehicle, including luggage, large bags, tripods, and other similar items.
– Picnicking is not allowed on the grounds or the veranda, and food and drink are not allowed inside the house. Please make plans to enjoy your meal at another location, and leave these items in your vehicle while on the property.
– Pets are also not allowed inside the house or on the grounds whatsoever. Please make note of this when planning your visit.
Non-flash photography is allowed inside the house, and we encourage sharing your tour experience on social media. Tag us in your posts! The Armour-Stiner Octagon House can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
Please refrain from using selfie sticks, tripods, or any other photography equipment while on the tour. For more information regarding photo shoots or commercial photography, please reach out to us at [email protected] before making a reservation.
The Octagon House is a private home. For this reason, we do not allow access to the gardens and grounds without a ticketed reservation, and certain areas of the home may not be available for viewing. We appreciate your cooperation in respecting these boundaries.
While touring, please stay with your guide and refrain from touching walls, finishes, furniture & objects. Please help us continue to preserve this magnificent home and its furnishings well into the future!
A discount is available for members of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, please email [email protected] before making reservations.