Explore museums you never knew existed, both in the city and in the Hudson Valley.
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Shhhh… Made more popular by the recent Ken Burns masterpiece The Roosevelts, the Hyde Park museum and library allows visitors and researchers to experience the work, historical documents, memorabilia, and impact of the President and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. An innovation in its own time, Roosevelt and this library set the precedent for presidential libraries.
“A nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 30, 1941, Presidential Library Dedication
2. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The dynamic architecture is a combination of a glass hexagonal structure against the renovated collegiate-gothic building. Peruse the school’s collection of major 19th and 20th century painters, including work from the Hudson River School of painters, a group known for their interpretations of the iconic landscapes of the area.
3. The Museum of the City of New York. Dig in to the patterns of history of the city, past and present. This museum celebrates and recognizes the unique diversity, culture, opportunity, and transformation of NYC’s five boroughs.
4. The Rubin Museum of Art. This unique museum celebrates and preserves art from the Himalayas and Tibet. In addition to on-going exhibitions and regular collections, the museum hosts regular musical performances and other events that reflect the collection.