Sacred Sites Open House

Since 2011 congregations throughout the State have been invited to open their doors for Sacred Sites Open House so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of New York’s religious sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities.

The Conservancy will host its eighth annual Sacred Sites Open House on May 5 & 6, 2018. For congregations interested in participating, please use our online registration form. In 2017 we had a record 173 sites participating throughout New York State, 64 of which were in New York City. The 2018 theme, “Sacred Sounds and Settings” will provide a backdrop for churches, synagogues, temples and meetinghouses to highlight their musical and performance activities. Participating sites will feature special guided tours, concerts, organ demonstrations as well as provide information on their cultural and social programs offered throughout the year.

The annual Sacred Sites Open House has three objectives:

• To encourage sacred sites to open their doors to the general public. Inviting visitors is a great way to build broad community support for the ongoing preservation of historic institutions.

• To inspire residents to be tourists in their own town, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places. New Yorkers tour religious sites around the world but may overlook those in their own back yard. Developing cultural tourism is key to the future of sacred sites.

• To publicize the many programs and services religious institutions offer their neighbors. The important work these sites provide benefits the entire community – not just the congregation’s members- and helps ensure the congregation’s future.

Check out our Facebook page for photos from previous Open House weekends.
2017 Photo Album
2016 Photo Album
2015 Photo Album
2014 Photo Album
2013 Photo Album
2012 Photo Album
2011 Photo Album

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 212.995.5260.

Upcoming Events

2018 Sacred Sites Open House May 5-6, 2018

Location: Various Locations Statewide
Date: May 05, 2018

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Past Events

2017 Sacred Sites Open House

Eldridge Street Synagogue: Photo courtesy of EverGreene Architectural Arts (Kiki Smith - Deborah Gans stained-glass window)

Location: Various Locations Statewide
Date: May 20, 2017

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May 21-22, 2016

Date: May 21, 2016

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May 16 and 17, 2015

Date: May 16, 2015

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