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Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum

163 Boal Estate Dr, Boalsburg, PA 16827-1365
+1 814-466-9266
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Columbus Chapel

The mansion and chapel were amazing and the history of the Boal's family goes back to pre 1700 the... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Mike G
via mobile
One of the coolest things I have done on my travels

You want history here is where you get it. Christopher Columbus's contents of his original chapel... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Danny S
Farmington, Arkansas
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The Boal Estate has been the Boal home for over 200 years through eight generations and and tells the story of America as experienced by one family. the home contains original furnishings, artworks, and artifacts belonging to family members. The 1-1/2 hour tour consists of The Boal Mansion and the Columbus Chapel (a centuries-old chapel of the Columbus family imported from Spain in 1909). Visitors are also encouraged to walk about the grounds, which include an active barn theatre company. Drop-in tours are possible from May 1 to October 31, six days a week (closed on Mondays, except open on Memorial Day Monday). Group tours are possible at any time in any season including winter by advance arrangement.
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163 Boal Estate Dr, Boalsburg, PA 16827-1365
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

The mansion and chapel were amazing and the history of the Boal's family goes back to pre 1700 the Boals are related to the founding fathers of this country and aristocracy of Europe, and Columbus. The tour was excellent and very informative about 1.5 hours...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

You want history here is where you get it. Christopher Columbus's contents of his original chapel are all housed here. Who would have thought in the middle of Pennsylvania would be such a treasure trove of of history. This is the last game if you...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Such an amazing house, chapel and grounds; filled with so much history. They are finding and displaying new items all the time. My brother, who lives in the area, hadn't been there in 30 years and was so impressed as was our entire group. The...More

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ecotrekker1450, Manager at Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking time to provide your kind comments! We're so pleased that you appreciated this unique museum and the efforts of our volunteers. The Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum is a unique destination for the U.S. due to the many...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017

I visited early on in the life of the mansion and museum- when Christopher Lee was out and about and a presence there. Don't know if that's still the case. Being just inches away from Columbus' desk, standard, religious artifacts, and closets full of original...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 9 November 2016

While visiting the State College area, our daughter booked a tour for us of the Boal Mansion and the Columbus Chapel. We're so glad she did! We were AMAZED at the history that is housed in the mansion of this tiny Pennsylvania town. The museum...More

Thank Joan442
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Our visit to Boal Mansion was truly delightful! If you are a history buff, do not miss this place! So often when you visit these old mansions, everything inside is a reproduction, roped off so you can't get up close and personal. Not this place!...More

Thank Donna O
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at the Boal Mansion Museum and Christopher Columbus Chapel. Our tour guide was amazing with the depth of his knowledge. And the artifacts that are in the Columbus Chapel are outstanding. We are so lucky to have this historical site...More

Thank GrannyAnnie1950
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This Chapel is an unexpected treasure. The fact that the Columbus family items have been stored and preserved in this little village is truly amazing. If you love history, this is a place to visit.

Thank brininger2
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The mansion is full of furnishings and art that go back to the 18th century. The Boal family had connections back to Christopher Columbus. The Columbus Chapel is a one of a kind item that was brought to this country You must see this unique...More

Thank Dadrup1
Reviewed 9 November 2015

My wife & I and another couple decided to stop at the Boal Mansion mostly as a "filler" on a trip to State College. We failed to notice on the website that the mansion had closed for already the winter. (So please note "time of...More

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ecotrekker1450, Manager at Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2015

Thank you so much for your kind comments! Please do plan to come back next May 1 when we reopen for the season! Till then we are busy planting hundreds of spring flowering bulbs, trees, and perennials for our new gardens, relocating and expanding exhibits,...More

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