Located on its original site, the Bowne House is "the best-preserved example of Anglo-Dutch vernacular residential architecture" in the United States. The Bowne House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a New York City landmark. Its collection of 5,000 objects illustrate the social history of the Bowne and Parsons families from the 17th through 20th century. Most items are original to the house and belonged to the family. These include fine examples of English and American furniture, decorative arts, textiles, costumes, household artifacts, correspondence, rare books and manuscripts, paintings, and toys.