Historic Sites & Museums
FDR Presidential Library and Museum. 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. The new exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. $18 joint admission to the library and museum and FDR’s home; $9 admission to the library and museum; $6 to the library; kids 15 and under free. Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 486-7770.
Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. 240 Main St., Goshen. 294-6330. The Kentucky Connection. Showcasing the significant impact breeders in the Blue Grass State have had and continue to have on the improvement of the American Standardbred horse. In the Currier & Ives Gallery View “The Story of Harness Racing” and “Harness Racing, a Madison Avenue Icon”. Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center. 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery. Share the excitement of the Ice Age. Learn about the Mastodon, the giant beaver, the condor and the first people to inhabit New York. Friday – Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Museum admission: $3 for non-members. 534-5506, ext. 204.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. 94 Broadway, (across from City Hall), Newburgh. Nursery Rhymes Exhibit. When a child has to be entertained, the rhymes and songs most readily recalled are those from an adult’s own childhood, and this is the reason why the nursery repertoire is traditional and remains moderately stable. A rare exception is a rhyme or song which was new when the adult was a child may occasionally come to mind along with the old verses, and thus enter the stream of tradition. Through Dec. 30. www.karpeles.com Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. 569-4997.
Locust Grove: The Samuel Morse Historic Site. Route 9, Poughkeepsie. The 150-acre estate of Samuel F. B. Morse includes an Italiante villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis containing extensive collections of American and European decorative and fine arts. Three miles of carriage roads wind through landscaped grounds, romantic gardens and shady groves. Grounds open 8 a.m. – dusk, weather permitting. Visitor center hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Mansion tours leave at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m. $10, $6 children 6-18. 454-4500.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. Fifty interactive exhibits including Hyde Park Mastodon, RiverTown, The Hudson River Dive Bell and Imagination Playground. Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7.50, under 1 and members free. 471-0589.
Montgomery Village Historical Museum. Former Methodist church, 142 Clinton St., across from the Fire Museum. Extensive historical artifact display. Hours: Saturdays 1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment. 457-5135.
Motorcyclepedia Museum. 250 Lake St., Newburgh. More than 450 motorcycles are on display. Indian Timeline, Military and Police motorcycles, and Kaizen; an exhibit dedicated to classic Japanese motorcycles. Hours: Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $11 adults, $5 children 3-12 Children under age 3 are free. 569-9065.
Mount Gulian Historic Site. 145 Sterling St., Beacon. Tours of the home, Dutch barn and restored garden. A microcosm of U.S. history, hear stories about Native American Indians, early Dutch settlers, Revolutionary War soldiers, and an escaped slave. View Verplanck family heirlooms; artifacts from Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Society of the Cincinnati, the first veterans’ organization in U.S., formed here in 1783. Wed.-Fri. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; last tour 4 p.m. $8; $6/sr; and $4/ages 6-18. 831-8172. April – Oct., with special events during Nov. & Dec.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300), Vails Gate. The Hall pays tribute to the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen killed or wounded in combat. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free, groups of 10 or more $3 per person (reservations required). For more information call 561-1765 or visit www.thepurpleheart.com.
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Corner of Liberty & Washington Streets, Newburgh. Served as General George Washington’s army headquarters from April 1782-August 1783, his longest stay during the Revolutionary War. First government owned and operated historic house museum in the U.S., which marks the beginnings of the historic Preservation Movement. Birthplace of the Badge of Military Merit, the forerunner of the Purple Heart. “Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection” More than 1,300 artifacts are on display including dolls, souvenirs of past wars, local Newburgh history, military weapons and domestic implements. Winter Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and by appointment. Admission: Adults – $4, Seniors/Students – $3, children 12 and under – free. 562-1195.
West Point Museum. U.S. Military Academy’s Pershing Center, located outside Thayer Gate. “Documenting War.” The 150-year-old museum has nearly 65,000 artifacts – 2,000 are on display – that range from weaponry of Ancient Egypt to the present day. The history of the Army, West Point and the individuals important to the military academy are also on display. Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 938-3590.