Friends and Family Day


December 23 (Saturday)
Friends and Family Day
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrate the art and culture of our region during Friends and Family Days on December 23 and December 30. On these two final Saturdays of the year, Museum members can bring along as many friends and family as they’d like and all receive free admission to the galleries.

The holiday season is the perfect time to view the stately paintings in the special exhibition The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society, with a guided tour being offered at 2 p.m. on both Saturdays. Museum staff will be on hand all weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, to oversee ArtVentures, the free hands-on art making program for families.

The galleries and the Museum Shop will be open on Christmas and New Year’s weekends our regular hours; the Museum Café will be closed. Admission is free on Sundays to all visitors thanks to generous support from the Gadomski Foundation and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust. 

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Kids and families create original works of art together under the direction of a Museum educator upstairs in our Crayola Classroom, free. This month explore as a family the relationship between form and sound by creating unique three-dimensional works of art inspired by those in the exhibition Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia.


2 p.m.
Free guided tour of The Poetry of Nature and American Vistas
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

From The Poetry of Nature: Asher Brown Durand (1796–1886), Catskill Clove, N.Y., 1864. Oil on canvas. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Nora Durand Woodman, 1932.14