The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center remains temporarily closed

Though we remain temporarily closed for now, when we do reopen it will be for tours only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by reservation only. You will be able to submit a ‘Schedule a Tour’ form to connect with us. We look forward to welcoming you with your health and safety as our top priorities.

You can view our Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors FAQ for important information on the measures we’ve implemented to help protect your health and safety when we can welcome visitors again. Please note that previously announced events for 2020 remain cancelled. Watch for a schedule of coming events, when it is safe to proceed, in 2021.

To maintain the health and safety of our visitors, we will follow the 'Reopening New York for Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment Guidelines for Employers and Employees' so interactive exhibits and enclosed theatres are not available at this time.


21st Century Power Generation and 19th Century Living at Blenheim-Gilboa

The visitor experience at Blenheim-Gilboa is a triple play: The science of electricity and hydropower is on exhibit at the Visitors Center. Right beside it, history is preserved at Lansing Manor, a 19th century home. And it’s all surrounded by trails, boating, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

The Visitors Center:
Housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center features interactive, hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how our power is made and how pumped storage is important to reliable electricity in New York State. Though we have canceled our events for 2020, the visitors center traditionally hosts and holds free special events throughout the year including favorites like the Travelogue Series, Antique Car Show, Wildlife Festival, Halloween Haunted Tents, Zombie Run, Haunted History Tour, Festival of Trees and much more. 

Historic Lansing Manor:
On site at the Visitors Center is Lansing Manor. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places it is an early American country estate filled with authentic furnishings from the 19th century. John Lansing, who represented New York as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the state's Ratification Convention in 1788, had the house built for his daughter and son-in-law in 1819.

Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings and priceless antiques from the first half of the 19th century and contains 10 large rooms on two floors, plus a below-ground kitchen and other utility rooms and is a classic example of Federal period architecture. The Manor is currently closed, but when reopened guests can enjoy our admission-free museum once again.

Mine Kill State Park:
Mine Kill State Park overlooks the NY Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project. Cascading 80 feet through a narrow gorge is Mine Kill Falls. Altogether, Mine Kill State Park 6.5 miles of trails, including a 3.5-mile section of the Long Path, a 347-mile trail that runs north from New York City to Thacher State Park in Albany County and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The lower reservoir is stocked with trout and walleye and is ideal for motor boating, kayaking and water skiing.

The park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost. Other warm weather activities include hiking and mountain biking on the park’s 8 miles of trails. The park also hosts soccer leagues and camps on its regulation sized athletic fields. In winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

You can also make use of NYPA’s tremendous recreational resources, get active and experience New York’s history, culture, and natural beauty - all while staying close to home, staying safe, socially distant, and enjoying free outdoor fun. Explore our Recreation and Staycation webpage for more info.

 

Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center 1378 State Route 30 North Blenheim, NY, 12131

800-724-0309

Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center: temporarily closed

A visit to Blenheim-Gilboa

Interacting with Visitors Center exhibits means watching the sparks—and visitors' hair—fly at our static electricity stations.
At the Visitors Center, you'll learn how power works through exhibits that demonstrate how electricity is produced and transmitted. School groups can arrange to have demonstrations of atomic structure, electric current, static electricity, magnetism and how motors and generators work.
EXHIBIT: How Power Works
For younger classes (pre-K through grade 2), museum staff will use pictures and everyday household appliances to help children recognize and learn responsible electrical safety behavior.