The Hudson Valley is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. While the beautiful Catskill Mountains are breathtaking and there’s plenty to do in the great outdoors, there are a number of museums you should know about when planning your next visit to the Hudson Valley.
Below are a few of our favorite Hudson Valley Museums:
Home of the premier Hudson River school painter Frederic Edwin Church, Olana is a hilltop gem. It’s a beautiful Persian-inspired estate that overlooks Church’s beloved Hudson River. You can view paintings by Church and other period artists, or take a hike on the 250-acre grounds. It is especially beautiful just before sunset. Picnicking, birding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are also available seasonally.
Tour this beautifully-preserved home that’s a living memorial to the artistry of its famous resident and father of the Hudson River art movement. Guided tours are available of the main house and art studio, but you can stroll through gorgeous flower gardens or take a guided hike as well. The views of the Catskill Mountains are truly awe-inspiring.
Just minutes from Hudson NY, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting is truly a gem. It contains the country’s premier collection of firefighting equipment, gear and memorabilia. If an image is worth a thousand words, the museum’s photography collection speaks volumes of the fire service in America.
Tour the beautiful home of the 8th president of the United States. It’s complete with furnishings and has been restored to its grand appearance during Van Buren’s occupancy. The grounds include 12.8 acres of the original farm. Stretch your legs on a hiking trail after the tour if you wish.
Located on the water in a historic district of Kingston, the maritime museum features maritime history of the Hudson River. That includes tug boats, great steamboats, and ice boats. Lighthouse boat tours are given daily for visitors.
Not a museum but definitely worth including. ArtTrail guides audiences to see and experience the landscapes that inspired Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford and other pioneering masters. Hike the outdoors, be in awe of the scenery that has been immortalized by these great American artists.
The Clermont Estate is a 1752 Georgian manor. It was home to seven generations of Livingstons who defined our nation’s past. The oldest of the great estates along the Hudson, Clermont is both well maintained and beautifully furnished. Hike the five miles of marked trails on the 500-acre site after you tour the mansion.
Here you’ll discover the Hudson River’s unique place in American life. The exhibits frequently change, but always give visitors a glimpse of life in the region and explain how the major waterway helped settle the northeast. Hudson River Museum offers a continuous and ever-changing schedule of lectures, seminars, workshops and exhibits.
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