Museums & Historic Sites

Art Discovery Itinerary
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The Great Northern Catskills are the cradle of America's first artistic movement, the birthplace of ideas and cultural currents connecting the past to the present. Here, museums, galleries and historic sites celebrate, honor and commemorate the region's unique place in history. Mountains, river valleys and cloves echo with the ancient thunder of Henry Hudson's nine pins, the soft brush strokes of Thomas Cole's paintings and the musical notes of songs from foreign lands.

Visit Greene County's cultural centers and feel the pull of the past in a painting, listen to the stories that helped shape our nation's idea of wilderness and be inspired by the natural beauty of the Great Northern Catskills.

Catskills' Museums and Hudson Valley History

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill is a must on any museum tour of the Catskills. As the former home of Thomas Cole, the painter who started the Hudson River Art School, guests are treated to a rich, multifaceted experience. Explore the Hudson River Art trail and gaze across the vistas immortalized by the movement's painters, or attend a special Sunday Salon lecture and dive deeper into arts in America. Tour through Cole's home and studio with a knowledgeable guide and attend special exhibitions of Hudson River School painters and their contemporaries.

The Bronck Museum in Coxsackie is home to the oldest structure in the Hudson Valley. Guided tours offer insight into the 17th century way of life in the Catskills, and educational programs provide fun activities for children and adults. Don't miss the unique 13-sided barn, which houses a collection of horse-drawn wagons and carts.

Memorial in Stone – America's First Mount Rushmore

Pratt Rock and the Zadock Pratt Museum memorialize one of Greene County's most unique leading citizens. In the mid-1800s, Pratt, a Colonel in the New York State Infantry, a Congressman and successful businessman, commissioned a stone carver to fashion his life's achievements into the sheer cliff face overlooking his farm.

From his successes, to his personal philosophies, his sorrows and his joys, Pratt's life is etched like hieroglyphics into the hills above Route 23 just a few miles south of Prattsville, a must see attraction offering a short hike and an enduring history lesson.

Learn more about Pratt, the man who helped shape Greene County, and the rocks that tell his story at The Zadock Pratt Museum on Main Street in Prattsville.

Musical Traditions in the Catskills

The Catskills are home to musical traditions that celebrate the songs of cultures from around the world. Explore the history of pianos with Steven E. Greenstein's collection of rare, vintage instruments, some of which date back to Mozart's days as a composer, at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter.

From Hudson River history to cultural attractions with a global relevance, the Catskills' museums offer diversity and discovery. 

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Our Lady of Knock Shrine
National shrine dedicated to apparition of Lady of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland
East Durham, NY
Zadock Pratt Museum
The Zadock Pratt Museum is dedicated to exhibiting the history and culture of Prattsville and its founder, Zadock Pratt. The Museum, located on Route 23, in the former Pratt Homestead, features exhibitions of historic and cultural importance to the Northern Catskill Region....
Prattsville, NY
Durham Center Museum
c. 1825 schoolhouse on historic Susquehanna Tpk. Folk art, local interest, i.e.: Catskill Mountain House, Civil War, and Native American. Museum opened Memorial Day-Columbus Day, Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm. Genealogical library also opened in winter months by appt.
Durham, NY
Bronck Museum
A complex of Dutch Colonial dwellings and 19th century barns, including the oldest surviving Dutch House in the Hudson Valley. The site was operated as a working farm by 8 generations of the Bronck Family. The 1663 and 1738 dwellings are furnished with 18th and 19th century art...
Coxsackie, NY
Donegal Irish Cottage Michael J. Quill Irish Centre
Originally built over 200 years ago in the townland of Carrickataggart, the cottage was carefully disassembled and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in pieces and sections. After arriving in New York Harbor they were unloaded , shipped to East Durham and reassembed. The Michael...
East Durham, NY
Mountain Top Historical Society
20 acre campus at the top of Kaaterskill Falls. Includes full restored 1913 Ulster & Delaware train station, Hudson River School Art Trail Interpretive Center, quiet pond area, flat walking paths and adjoining picturesque Aaron Haines cemetery. Open weekends 10am - 4pm, May...
Haines Falls, NY
Mahayana Buddhist Temple
Buddhist retreat, an example of Chinese architecture and culture. Open to the public year round.
South Cairo, NY
Historic Catskill Point and Freightmasters Building
Public park situated on the site where the Hudson River Day and Night Line River Boats dropped America's first vacationers off for the visits to the famed Catskill Mountain resorts and hotels. The park has public boat docks for day use, as well as a large restored warehouse as a...
Catskill, NY
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