NYS Great Places and Spaces

Noon–4 p.m.
All Museum Galleries
Free

Celebrate what’s great in New York State! Take a trip around the state without leaving the Museum. An array of the state’s historic sites and cultural institutions will offer families fun hands-on activities, educational artifacts to explore, and information on regional events to visit throughout the year.

Scheduled Events:
The Historic Woodstock Arts Colony: Arthur Anderson Collection Tour and Art Project
1:00pm | Meet in West Hall
Come discover Woodstock’s importance as an art colony long before the famous music festival in 1969. The remarkable range of work produced there has been the focus of collector Arthur Anderson for three decades, resulting in the largest comprehensive collection of its type—some 1,500 objects by 170 artists—all of which he recently donated to the New York State Museum.
After the tour, follow in the footsteps of the Woodstock artists and create a Hudson Valley inspired landscape drawing. Try out a style used by one of the artists in the exhibition, or create an artwork that is uniquely your own!

Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal Tour
3:00pm | Meet in South Hall
The creation of the Erie Canal was a monumental feat in its day, unlike any public works project the young United States had seen. The hand-dug 363-mile channel linked the East Coast and the Atlantic to the North American interior, growing the nation and making New York the Empire State. Guided by a museum educator, come tread the rich history of the canal through Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal. Explore the fascinating story of canal’s development and learn about life along the canal through its 200 year history. (45 min.)

Scavenger Hunt
12:00pm - 4:00pm | Museum-wide
Pick up a scavenger hunt recipe book in Discovery Place and take a walk through the museum to answer questions that connect historical recipes to the exhibits.

While you’re here, don’t forget to visit the Museum’s exhibitions on the Erie Canal and the Arthur Anderson Art Collection highlighting works from the historic Woodstock Arts Colony.

Participating Institutions

Capital District Civil War Round Table
Crailo State Historic Site
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Friend’s of the Pine Bush Community, Inc.
Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Johnson Hall State Historic Site
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
New York State Archives
New York State Library
New York State Tug Hill Commission
New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site
Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Shaker Heritage Society
Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.