Founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art strives to present interdisciplinary programs that enrich the community through many forms of contemporary art. Works from renowned and emerging contemporary artists share the Center's 12,000-square feet of exhibition space with a variety of long-term installations, several made by participants in the nonprofit’s artist in residence program. The HVCCA supplies artists with studio space, living quarters, and an extended stipend in order to foster creative work on-site and engage in an active discussion with visitors or talkative muses. Special events range from panel discussions and film screenings to a monthly family art day with lessons for parents and kids based on current exhibits. The Center has also organized special projects including the Banner Project, where artists mentor more than 300 youth in creating a large-scale installation, and the Public Tile Project, where 2,000 students design tiles that for a trail from Peekskill Train Station to the Center.
Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden builds a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures with landscape architecture, art exhibits, and community programming. Designed by artist and heiress Natalie Hays Hammond, the 3.5-acre garden sends feet meandering among dark evergreens, groves of blossoming fruit trees, and glassy ponds covered with lily pads so princely frogs need not get their webbing wet. The museum's permanent collection boasts Carl Van Vechten's silver gelatin photographs of American artistic luminaries, including modern choreographer Alvin Ailey and expat poet Gertrude Stein, alongside a private collection of ornate fans and traveling exhibits. The Hammond mansion's library shelters a traditional tearoom hand crafted by a 17th-generation descendent of the originator of the Japanese tea ceremony, Sen Rikyu, who is rumored to have also invented beverages in general.
The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum concentrates its exhibition program on solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center has come a long way since its founding in 1936. Over the decades, its sprawling grounds have grown to include areas focused on nature, agriculture, astronomy, art, and history. On a hill lies the Henri Bendel Mansion. This once-private residence echoes classic British manor houses with its lead-framed glass windows, half-timbered walls, and stone gargoyles that speak in cockney accents. Visitors can view the ground's sculptures, before going inside to gaze at the art galleries. Rotating exhibits explore topics in art and pop culture– Two Artists Who Look at the Sky begins February 16 and includes Nightwatch: The Art of Greg Mort and The Prints of Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, and Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats will run mid-summer through Labor Day.
Festivals, such as the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend (March 2–3) and Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 18–19), allow visitors to engage with the property in unique ways and with many family activities.
Back outside, more than 80 acres of nature trails wind through the trees. One such trail leads to Nature's Playground, where kids soar down slides and play in a treehouse. Elsewhere, the accessible Wheels in the Woods trail lets people of all abilities explore the forest.
Crossing over Bendel's Pond brings visitors to Heckscher Farm, where—through the Junior Curator program— kids learn basic animal care. The New England–style farm, which stands next to an otter pond, home to otters Bert and Edie, encompasses structures such as the Maple Sugar House and the Cheshire Barn, which was built in 1750 and houses only heritage-breed animals, including chickens, pigs, cows, and llamas. The Stamford Observatory sits west of the farm and offers visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope, which uses a built-in computer to hone in on nearly any object in the sky.
Neuberger Museum of Art is Westchester County's premier museum of modern, contemporary, and African art. An integral part of Purchase College, SUNY, it boasts nearly 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. We present 10-12 changing exhibitions each year as well as two permanent collections of modern American art and Africa art.
We are your gateway to the Hudson Valley! Located in the City of Yonkers, on the banks of the Hudson, just 15 minutes north of the GW Bridge. Join us for dazzling exhibitions, Historic Glenview, Planetarium shows, music, lectures, and workshops.