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Arts & Museums
Huguenot Street is the site of a number of stone houses built in the late 17th Century by French Huguenots who settled there after escaping persecution in France. The settlers arrived in 1678 and lived on nearly 40,000 acres (16,187 hectares) of property purchased from the local Indian tribes. Today, you can tour the original stone houses or even sign yourself or the kids up for a two-week summer program about archeology and the arts.
This 19th Century farm complex called the Locust Lawn is spread over 24 acres (9.7 hectares) of land and is situated at the banks of the Platekill Creek. The Jefferson mansion is said to be the center of attraction of the lawn. The site is accessible to the visitors through prior appointments. This place is registered on the National Historic Places in the year 1974.
Let your kids have some unique experience and a good time at the Mid Hudson Children's Museum. Opened in 1997, the museum propagates innovative learning through exhibits covering nature, history, science and more.
The Bevier House Museum was constructed in 1680 and is primarily made of stone. This excellently-designed building was constructed by Andries Pieterse Van Leuvan. It has a Victorian-styled kitchen and elegantly-decorated rooms. There is also a tool room which has old farm and homestead equipment. The Bevier House Museum is open from May to October every year, and has different admission fees based on age groups ranging from USD5 to USD3.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a tribute to the mighty Hudson River. The museum is home to a plethora of archives, artifacts and other paraphernalia that narrate the maritime record of the river.
Trolley Museum of New York is a charming attraction that gets you acquainted with trolleys which were a humbler mode of transportation. The rides are inexpensive and the experience they offer is simply priceless.
The Jacob T. Walden Stone House is a historical home that is now home to the Walden Historical Society. This house museum is open to all visitors and hosts events on a regular basis.
A photographic gallery with a difference, Fovea exhibits work by photojournalists with an aim to educate. Rotating exhibits cover numerous thought-provoking topics and feature works by some of the best photojournalists in the business. Popular exhibitions in the past include Nights of 9/11 featuring a collection of photographs from Ground Zero and Japan Now featuring images detailing the effects of the Japanese earthquakes. Besides exhibitions, the gallery also hosts numerous educational events, film screenings, tours and artist talks. Check website for more.
With a definite focus on contemporary art not restricted to any particular medium, this gallery located centrally in the city, hosts an impressive array of exhibitions throughout the year. Some of the primary themes of art at Open Space include street art, graphic design and pop culture. Unconventional mediums of art and presentation methods are encouraged at the gallery. Besides the gallery, Open Space is also home to Sherbert, an art magazine and Thundercut, an art and design studio. Drop by for a refreshing perspective on contemporary art.
The renowned and distinguished Edmonston House was constructed in 1755 by William Edmonston. Boasting of a great history, it served as a headquarters in Revolutionary War. In the light of the present day, the significant house functions as a museum and also features in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sands Ring Homestead Museum is a monumental museum site in the Orange County in New York. It was constructed by Nathaniel Sands in 1760, and is a perfect example of a typical Dutch colonial house. Now, converted into a homestead museum it is incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places. This house museum features a store, an ancient kitchen and other aspects that take you back to the bygone era. For tour appointment, event updates and other details, check website.
The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) celebrates the local artists who make this small town art community thrive. There are a number of galleries that feature group exhibits, solo shows and works by students and youth artists.