Optimized exterior angle of Kykuit with foliage

photo by: Ron Blunt

Historic Sites


  • Constructed: 1913
  • Architect: Delano and Aldrich
  • Location: Tarrytown, New York

Completed in 1913 for American businessman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Kykuit has been home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Architect Williams Welles Bosworth is responsible for the creation of the Beaux Arts house and elaborate gardens in the Italian style. Visitors will see interiors designed by Ogden Codman, collections of Chinese and European ceramics, fine furnishings, and galleries of 20th century art.

Kykuit highlights the lives of Rockefeller family and their contributions to philanthropy, conservation, business, government, and the arts. After John D. Rockefeller, Kykuit was home to his son, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., and grandson, Nelson A. Rockefeller, four-time governor of New York and vice president under President Gerald Ford.

“Although JDR stated repeatedly that all he wanted was a simple house in the country to share with his family, Jr. persisted, gently but doggedly, with his much grander plans.”

Ann Rockefeller Roberts

Today, Kykuit serves as a community resource and offers a wide variety of public access through the museum visitation program, lectures, cultural events and artist residencies.

Kykuit is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as the Pocantico Center.

Kykuit is also a member of the National Trust's Distinctive Destinations program.

Garden pergola with sculpture

photo by: Carol Highsmith

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount

Fifty percent discount on regular public tours: one adult for individual Members; two adults and all children under 18 years of age in the immediate family for all other Members. Discount does not apply to other programs and cannot be combined with other offers. National Trust members who purchase tour tickets online can receive a refund for their discount by presenting proof of membership at the Kykuit Visitor Center.

To receive discount, valid membership card must be presented at time of visit. Please contact site directly to ensure that discount is available on date of planned visit and for specific tour desired.

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