Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Park grounds remain open daily from 7 am to sunset.
As of July 4th Van Buren's home will begin a limited reopening for tours.
Tours space will be limited.Tours will be offered on a first come-first serve basis so it is recommended to arrive early to ensure your space.
Tours will be offered seven days a week at 10 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
Outdoor Visitor Center
A tent just off the parking lot will be staffed by rangers from 9 AM to 4 PM where visitors may check into programs or gather information about the park.
Even after the house has reopened we will continue to offer outdoor programs in the form of topic programs. These programs, offered at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:30 PM, will be on a rotating list of topics related to Van Buren. They are a great choice if you've visited before, or if you want to delve further into Van Buren's time and world!
Some facilities including the park visitor center, remain closed at this time with the exception of restrooms.
For self-guided activities, see the Outdoor Activities section of our website.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. The park requests that visitors follow CDC recommendations by ensuring a social distance of at least six feet from others, and wearing masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
The NPS encourages those not traveling to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, including:
For more information, contact us.