The Hudson Valley’s rich history, majestic natural landscapes, and vibrant culture draw visitors from all over the Northeast. From grand historic mansions up and down the river to quaint small towns, this region has inspired artists, writers and presidents. Known for its vineyards, orchards and burgeoning farm-to-table food scene, it’s also home to state parks offering year-round adventures.
Whether in a pie, tart, crumble or streusel, or simply crunched up the old-fashioned way, there’s something about a fresh Hudson Valley apple that’s hard to resist. The region’s thriving agriculture biz has helped popularize the national trend of “farm-to-table” cuisine. The renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, for example, serves up world-class dishes highlighting local ingredients, while chefs and restaurateurs in quaint river town eateries champion sustainable sourcing practices.
The Hudson River was a key to the area’s early economy and development, providing a vital transportation link to the rest of the country. Today, the region’s historic buildings and museums tell stories of entrepreneurship, industry and innovation. Many of the region’s historic sites have been converted to new uses, including educational facilities, restaurants, and other attractions.
Our mission is to preserve, advance and present the history and culture of the Hudson Valley. We accomplish this by preserving the region’s historic places, interpreting them through thoughtful, research-based design and providing educational opportunities to all ages. The museum’s programs encourage visitors to explore, understand and engage with the region’s most important historical, cultural, social and economic themes.
The museum is committed to a vision of the future that celebrates the past while embracing the changing world. It is a place of experimentation, innovation and collaboration that celebrates the region’s legacy and fosters an active community of scholars, artists, designers, educators, and other community members.
While people in more remote parts of the state or country might resent their small town life, those who call the Hudson Valley home enjoy their quaint environs. Most residents have the option of heading to New York City for work or play, but choose to remain close to family and friends. And even if they feel the lure of big-city life, it’s only a short drive or train ride away.
As a result, there’s no shortage of things to do here, from exploring military history at West Point and hiking on the rugged highlands of Bear Mountain to shopping for tie-dyes and crystals in Woodstock. But the real reason to visit is for the incredible dining, quaint shops and opportunities to snag that perfect antique.