7 Great Art Museums to Visit in NY Outside of NYC

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New York City is home to many art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.

But there are plenty of world-class art museums in upstate New York, most within driving distance of central New York.

Here are seven great art museums to visit in New York State outside of New York:

MUNSON WILLIAMS PROCTOR INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, UTICA

It’s hard to believe that many people who have lived their entire lives in central New York have never visited the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica. What are you waiting for? The MWPAI was founded in 1919. The Museum of Art features a renowned permanent collection, with paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Asher B. Durand, among others. The Museum’s annual street arts festival, featuring the works of local artists, will take place in July.

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THE EVERSON ART MUSEUM, SYRACUSE

The Everson is a museum of firsts. It was the first museum to devote itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a program of docents. The Everson is home to over 10,000 works of art

THE ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, BUFFALO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of the oldest art museums of our time and the sixth oldest public art institution in the United States. It was founded in December 1862 as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy with former president Millard Fillmore among its founders.

FENIMORE ART MUSEUM, COOPERSTOWN

Cooperstown is more than the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Fenimore is named after the property it sits on, land that once belonged to novelist James Fenimore Cooper. The museum occupies a 1933 mansion built by Edward Severin Clark, heir to the Singer Manufacturing Company fortune.

ARNOT ART MUSEUM, ELMIRA

The Arnot Museum of Art was founded with Matthias H. Arnot’s bequest of his collection, home, and endowment in 1910. Housed in its original display case, the founding collection was bequeathed by Matthias Arnot to the community and includes its collection of seventeenth- through nineteenth-century European paintings and sculptures, works on paper, and ancient artifacts. Masterpieces in the collection include paintings by Gérôme, Murillo, Breton and Brueghel.

THE ARKELL MUSEUM, CANAJOHARIE

Bartlett Arkell, the first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company, founded the Canajoharie Library for the people of the village of Canajoharie. 1927 Arkell inaugurated our original museum building and we became the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery. The American Paintings Collection includes seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including; Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt and Gilbert Stuart.

THE ALBANY CENTER GALLERY, ALBANY

The Albany Center Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting regional artists within a 100 mile radius of Albany. Since the gallery’s doors opened in 1977, thousands of the region’s top contemporary artists have exhibited at the Albany Center.

7 Great Art Museums to Visit in NY Outside of NYC

New York City is home to many art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim. But there are plenty of world-class art museums in upstate New York, most within driving distance of central New York. Here are seven.

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