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 2022, the Persen House will be open on the following schedule:

MAY 26 through SEPTEMBER 3

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



Saturdays Only 11am-3pm or by Appointment


Event Schedules for 2022

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 2022 Schedule

July 2022 Schedule

August 2022 Schedule

September 2022 Schedule 

October 2022 Schedule 


Exhibits at the Persen House in 2022

Each year the Persen House is home to many interesting and educational exhibits.  This year, we are excited to share our full listing of exhibits below.  From historic document & artifact displays to student artwork, there is sure to be something for everyone!