Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

This will be a nice day trip. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing for the weather, and be prepared to walk the extensive grounds, there are more than 100 sculptures to see throughout the property. Saturday the Park is open until 8:00pm in the summer months, so we need not feel hurried. We will picnic on arrival and before departing for home on the grounds near the North Parking area. Thought it would be nice for all to bring picnic items to share with all for a nice variety. 

 

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

 

The nonprofit Storm King Art Center was founded and opened to the public in 1960, thanks to the efforts of the late Ralph E. Ogden and H. Peter Stern, co-owners of the Mountainville-based Star Expansion Company.

The initial gift of what is today the Museum Building and its surrounding property was made by the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Inc. Over time, Star Expansion Company donated 300 contiguous acres, as well as 2,100 acres of Schunnemunk Mountain (now owned by the State of New York and designated Schunnemunk Mountain State Park) that preserve Storm King Art Center’s view-shed.

Although Storm King was originally envisioned as a museum devoted to Hudson River School, by 1961 its founders had become committed to modern sculpture. Early purchases were sited directly outside the Museum Building as part of a formal garden scheme. However, with the 1966 purchase of thirteen works from the estate of sculptor David Smith (1906¬1965), Storm King began to place sculpture directly in the landscape. Since then, every work has been sited with consideration of both its immediate surroundings and distant views.

Fifty years after its founding, Storm King continues to grow and evolve, and is among the world’s leading sculpture parks.

FEES

Adults $12
Senior Citizens (65 and older) $10

 

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Picnic areas are located adjacent to the North and South parking area. Tables, trash and recycling cans are located in both the North and South picnic areas.

The Storm King Café is located in the North picnic area. Blankets may be spread on the lawn in both picnic areas as long as they are set up away from the sculptures. The picnic areas are a leisurely 10-15 walk from the Visitor Center or East parking with much to see and enjoy along the way.Storm King Café is open daily from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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  • Lynn

    I have always wanted to visit Storm King. It is vast. I will definitely go back to see all the artwork.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Spectacular day! Amazing sculptures placed on scenic grounds which were artistry in and of themselves. Wow, still can't believe we did eight Miles today , all in great company, thanks to all.

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Margaret

    Had a wonderful time! What a beautiful place to spend a spectacular summer day. Food and company were excellent, as well. Thank-you, Cathy!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Therese

    A lovely place! Missed seeing you all, arrived late.

    August 17, 2013

  • Rosemary

    One thousand percent fantastic day! Thank you Cathy!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Gabriele

    Perfect day. Thank you, Cathy.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great place, great weather and company. It was great to meet you all!

    August 17, 2013

  • Henry

    A unique blend of nature and art. A joyful and uplifting experience on a weather-perfect day. (Arrived late; sorry to have missed you all.)

    August 17, 2013

  • Regina M.

    Very interesting site, it reminds me of Salvador Dali with the combination of nature and modern art. The extreme makes the scenes more acute and more peaceful.

    August 17, 2013

  • Henry

    I'm picking up my niece at noon in Beacon, will find the group around 12:30 or so.

    August 16, 2013

  • Sharon :.

    Sorry I will not be able to attend the Storm King event sharon

    August 16, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry, I can't make it after all. I'll try again another time.

    August 16, 2013

  • Daphne

    Hello. I will have lunch prior to arriving so I will pass on the picnic. What time should I arrive to begin the tour with everyone? Thanks.

    August 16, 2013

    • Cathy M

      Don't know, with such a large group hard to put a time on when we will move....it is a good time to get acquintated. If you want to arrive half hour later, feel free.

      August 16, 2013

  • Gabriele

    Looking forward to tomorrow.. Looks like a beautiful day.

    August 16, 2013

  • Keith

    Sorry...Can't make it

    August 16, 2013

  • Therese

    Looking forward to it! I'd like to carpool from the Hamden/new haven area.

    May 26, 2013

    • Sandipa

      Hi Therese: I live in New Haven. We could drive together

      August 15, 2013

  • Beth

    working :/

    August 15, 2013

  • Lynn

    I would be happy to meet up with you and Jill for a ride.I live in Newtown and I can meet you at the high school or the commuter parking lot near by. What time should I be there? Thank you.Lynn

    August 15, 2013

  • Dave C.

    I will drive from Shelton. Up RT 34 and Pick up RT84 at Exit 11 (Newtown High School) . E-mail if you would like to join Jill Nichlos and myself for the ride.

    August 15, 2013

    • jill n.

      Hi Dave- would it help if I drove to your house?

      August 15, 2013

    • jill n.

      Btw- listening to Guy Beardsley on WPKN-89.5, noon-1

      August 15, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Look for us in the picnic area near the North parking lot, we will picnic first then explore the grounds.

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Stamford and am happy to drive or carpool with others from this area. Email or call[masked]

    August 15, 2013

  • Rosemary

    If anyone,wants to ride with me... I live in old Lyme so up route 9 to 84... Give,me a call[masked]

    August 15, 2013

  • Jules

    Hi Everyone,

    You are in for a great arts experience! I just got back from Storm King tonight and it was well worth it. I highly recommend if you have time and you feel up to it rent bicycles from the Center. It's not that expensive (you aren't allowed to bring your own) and you can cover most of the park with a two hour rental. You will need a credit card to rent the bikes. They don't take cash. My friend and I had a snack in the Cafe and the food was fresh and tasty.

    Make sure you check out Andrew Goldsworthy's stone wall. It's a right turn and about a half mile down the road from the bike rental place.

    We took 84W and went over the Newburgh-Beacon bridge. The park is right around the corner from the exit.

    Have a great time. I almost feel like Storm King could be listed as one of the great wonders of the world. It's that good.

    Jules

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Michelle

    Working

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first arts meet up. It sounds terrific and I'm looking forward to meeting the group!

    August 13, 2013

  • John F.

    There is a great B&B just down the road from Storm King - the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast - if you are looking to stay nearby.

    August 12, 2013

  • Rosemary

    FYI ... I've been to Storm King many times - it is a fantastic place!! We're going to have a great time!

    July 26, 2013

  • Rosemary

    I'm in Old Lyme Kel, so give me a call if you'd like to drive together. [masked]

    July 26, 2013

  • Kel

    I'd love to carpool, anyone near the shoreline; NL?

    July 25, 2013

  • Catherine

    Will be in Vermont a few days then back in time to catch a plane to Seattle for a week YEAH FOR VACATIONS!

    July 23, 2013

  • Jeanne M.

    Sorry have to miss this due to a family event conflict.

    June 12, 2013

  • Jeanne M.

    Provisional Yes. It's my Dad's birthday, so hoping our get together will be on Sunday instead.

    June 9, 2013

  • Henry

    Therese, I can offer carpooling for 1, live in New Haven. Caveat, I may have to pick up my niece at the train in Beacon NY if she comes, on the train's schedule.

    May 26, 2013

  • Vincent

    I am a maybe right now. Will update closer to the date.

    May 24, 2013

  • Harriet

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL day! I'm in unless it's terribly hot that day. Gail, I'll carpool with you as I live in Farmington.

    May 24, 2013

  • Julie

    A provisional yes, depending on a few things, but have wanted to go here for YEARS! Cathy, you are simply the best.

    May 23, 2013

  • Gail

    I'd love to carpool with someone driving from the Hartford area.

    May 23, 2013

  • Gabriele

    Shot Gun :-)

    May 23, 2013

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