The Matthewis Persen House Museum

Ulster County invites you to the Matthewis Persen House Museum and Cultural Heritage Center, a cornerstone of the City of Kingston's historic Stockade District. This house has witnessed many important moments in Ulster County's history. It was burned at least twice, saw wars and revolution and was home to doctors, tailors, grocers, druggists and innkeepers. As you walk through the House, you walk through time. Please join us at the Persen House located at 74 John Street, Kingston, New York, where we bring Ulster County's rich history alive!

Stay up to date by visiting us on Facebook!  Are you interested in a private or group tour?  Would your organization like to host a Saturday at the house?  Please Contact Us or email archives[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us for more information.


Hours of Operation

In 2023, the Persen House will be open on the following schedule:

MAY 27 through SEPTEMBER 2

Thursdays & Fridays 9am-4:30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm



Saturdays Only 10am-2pm or by Appointment


Event Schedules for 2023

The Persen House is pleased to welcome many historical groups, community organizations and cultural heritage groups to host a Saturday this season.  Check each month for updated schedules and current exhibit listings.

May/June 2023 Schedule - Coming Soon

July 2023 Schedule - Coming Soon

August 2023 Schedule - Coming Soon

September 2023 Schedule - Coming Soon

October 2023 Schedule - Coming Soon


Exhibits at the Persen House in 2023

Each year the Persen House is home to many interesting and educational exhibits.  From historic document & artifact displays to student artwork, there is sure to be something for everyone! Check back soon for our full listing of exhibits.