Photo Courtesy of Old Westbury Gardens website
Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of the heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, John Shaffer Phipps. The property was converted into a museum home in 1959 and is open for tours April through October.
Visit the Estate
Today, Old Westbury Gardens offers visitors guided tours. The estate hosts in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children’s programs and events, family programs, museum exhibits and classic car shows. Additionally, visitors can expect indoor and outdoor classical concerts, summer pop concerts, slide lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, and botanical arts and gardening classes.
Old Westbury Gardens’ Master Gardener and Educator leads a program called Talks and Tours, presenting topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture.
History of Old Westbury Gardens
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Charles II-style mansion was completed in 1906 by English designer, George A. Crawley. The mansion museum is nestled within 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. The Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family’s residence.
Hours of Operation
January 1 – April 18
April 19 – October 31
Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Closed on Tuesdays.
Summer Weekend Extended Hours
June 29 – September 1
Saturdays and Sundays, June 29- September 1, 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (excluding August 24).
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Friday through Sunday from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., through December 22.
Visitors will only be admitted up until 1 hour prior to closing.
“Excellent venue for a wedding or anniversary! Lovely gardens and grounds. Great concerts in Summer time!”
—Michael S., TripAdvisor
Take Amtrak to Old Westbury Gardens
Experience Old Westbury Gardens via Amtrak to Penn Station—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount! Transfer from Amtrak to Long Island Rail Road via the Garden City, Mineola or Westbury Long Island stations.