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Museums & Galleries

Photo: Joe Putrock

Please note: The following list of area organizations dedicated to exhibiting art and/or historical materials is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition are numerous smaller spaces—both nonprofit and for-profit—that add to the rich diversity of the area’s visual-arts scene. Please refer to Metroland’s Museums & Galleries listings in the weekly “Night & Day” section of the paper for up-to-date information on all museum and gallery exhibits.

Albany Center Galleries 39 Columbia St., Albany, 462-4775. Celebrating 30 years of exhibitions featuring contemporary work of regional artists, in their new downtown Albany home. Seven shows annually. Free.

Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478. The state’s oldest museum continues to be dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley region, but also brings in fascinating traveling exhibits. Admission fee.

Albany International Airport Gallery Third level, Albany International Airport, Colonie, 242-2243. Exhibitions showing regional, contemporary art, site-specific installations, area museum collections, and traveling national exhibits of regional interest, all in a space flooded by light. Free.

Albany Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and Henry Hudson Planetarium 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 434-0405. The Visitors’ Center is open daily (free). The Henry Hudson Planetarium offers periodic special events (admission fee).

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, 673-2314. An extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, plus traveling exhibitions, in this new space.

Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. This multi-arts center’s gallery features contemporary art from the region and beyond, plus a folk-art exhibit space on the second floor. This is the place to get involved in the arts hands-on through a multitude of courses offered throughout the year. Also offers grant programs, arts-in-education. Free.

Atrium Gallery Fine Arts Building, Union College, Schenectady, 388-6714. Faculty and student shows are featured, plus exhibits by visiting artists and others of regional, national and international repute. Free.

Bennington Museum 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571. Featuring works of regional interest, including an ongoing exhibit of paintings by Grandma Moses. Admission fee.

Berkshire Museum 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-7171. Permanent installations of art and natural history as well as seasonal shows and special exhibits, often with a hands-on orientation appealing to children. Aquarium. Admission fee.

Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3341. Regional contemporary artists. Free.

Children’s Museum of Science and Technology 250 Jordan Road, Troy, 235-2120. This Tech Valley center is designed for children and parents to explore the world of science together. Includes the Molecularium screenings, and planetarium dome shows. Admission fee.

Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5540. With its large exhibition space, this interactive museum for kids and their families features hands-on exhibits, workshops and special events. Admission fee.

College of Saint Rose Art Gallery Picotte Hall, College of Saint Rose, 324 State St., Albany, 485-3900. Regularly mounts shows by artists of regional, national and international acclaim, as well as student and faculty shows. Free.

Dietel Gallery Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1313. This gallery, housed on the campus of an elite girls’ school, mounts regional exhibits on a regular basis. Free.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Mass. Exhibits of children-oriented art. Admission free.

Fulton Street Gallery 408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464. With a mission to promote the region’s appreciation of contemporary art, this gallery features changing exhibits by local, regional and international artists. Free.

Hudson Valley Community College LRC Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822. Exhibits of works by students and regional artists. Free.

The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761. The permanent collections here include historic art and artifacts from the United States and beyond. Special touring exhibits often are featured. www.hydeart museum.org. Free.

Iroquois Indian Museum Caverns Road, Howes Cave, 296-8949, www.iroquoismuseum.org. Presents the enduring spirit of the Iroquois in the fine and performance arts, and through anthropological and ethnographic exhibits. Located on a 45-acre nature park; includes a children’s museum. Admission fee.

John Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson. Painting and sculpture by contemporary artists. Free.

Kismet Gallery 71 4th St., Troy, 272-1918. An eclectic mix of local, regional and international artists. Free.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art 86 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2111, www.massmoca.org. An impressive compound located in a renovated 27-building former mill complex. Called MASS MoCA for short, this institution boasts world-class exhibitions, performances, films and funky events. Admission fee.

National Museum of Dance 99 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-2225, www.dance museum.org. The only museum in the country devoted exclusively to professional dance. In addition to changing exhibits, it features a permanent exhibit on American dancemakers who’ve been inducted into the Museum’s Dance Hall of Fame. Admission fee.

New York State Military Museum 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-5100. Permanent and traveling exhibits of military items related to New York’s contribution to the national defense. Admission fee.

New York State Museum Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877. Features permanent exhibits relating to New York history, a variety of changing exhibits and the Discovery Place for kids. Free for most exhibits, donations suggested.

Norman Rockwell Museum Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100, www.nrm.org. A museum devoted to exhibiting the works of its namesake. Also features other special exhibits. Admission fee.

Opalka Gallery Sage Colleges of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 292-1778. Shows by regional, national and international artists are regularly featured. Free.

Rensselaer County Historical Society 57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232. One of New York’s premier historic house museums. RCHS collects and preserves the history of Rensselaer County. Admission fee.

Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-1935. Permanent and traveling exhibits of vintage cars. Admission fee.

Saratoga County Arts Council Dee Sarno Arts Gallery 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132. Exhibits of works by regional artists. Free.

Schenectady Museum and Suits-Buche Planetarium Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890, www.schenectadymuseum.com. Ongoing exhibits include the astronomical planetarium, Thomas Edison’s Schenectady heritage, hands-on activities and technology exhibits. Also regularly exhibits works by regional artists. Admission fee.

Schick Art Gallery Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5049. Faculty and students exhibit their works here, as well as artists from the area and beyond. Free.

Shaker Museum and Library 88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, 794-9100. Features a premier Shaker collection in the rolling farmland of Columbia County; look for workshops and festivals, too. Admission fee.

Shelnutt Gallery Rensselaer Union, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 15th Street and Sage Avenue, Troy, 276-6505. This college gallery exhibits regional, national and international artists as well as the art of students and faculty. Free.

Spencertown Academy Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. An art gallery and a craft gallery for exhibits, classroom for classes and workshops as well as a performance space. Admission to galleries is free.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-9545. Features collections of French impressionist, Italian Renaissance, English, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and American 19th-century painters; sculpture; 19th-century American porcelain, silver and furniture and national traveling exhibits. Admission fee.

Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Contemporary art exhibits in this award-winning space. Free.

Troy RiverSpark Visitors’ Center 251 River St., Troy, 270-8667. Features a polished, informative slide presentation on the Hudson-Mohawk industrial gateway, plus a permanent exhibit on the area’s historical contributions to industry in the United States. Free.

University Art Museum Fine Arts Building, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035. Works by regional, national and international artists presented in theme exhibitions. Faculty and student works are showcased in annual exhibits. www.albany.edu/museum. Free.

Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501. Regional artists. Free.

Williams College Museum of Art Main Street (Route 2), Williams town, Mass., (413) 597-2429. This college art gallery typically features an impressive array of historic and contemporary exhibits by artists of regional, national and international import in its many exhibition spaces. Free.

World Awareness Children’s Museum 229 Glen St., Glens Falls, 793-2773. Part of the 50-country International Youth Art Exchange, this museum boasts changing exhibitions of children’s art from around the world, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and reference materials. Featuring educator-led tours for small groups. Admission fee.

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