Are you eager to explore Saratoga County's rich history and cultural heritage? Saratoga County is renowned for its wide diversity of local museums. Exhibitions on a wide array of subjects will keep all the members of your family engaged. We've compiled a list of six museums that will add to your historical knowledge of Saratoga County and New York State.
1) Saratoga Automobile Museum: The mission of the Saratoga Automobile museum is to “celebrate the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world.” The Saratoga Automobile Museum illustrates the social and economic impact of the automobile. Current exhibits include super cars, New York State race and stock cars, and the history of East Detroit, a major manufacturing center for automobiles during the 20th century.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located at 110 Ave of the Pines in Saratoga Springs. Admission rates are as follows: $6.00 for seniors, $8.50 for adults, $4.00 for children 6-16, and free for children under six years old. Students 17 years and older as well as active military with ID are admitted for $6.00.
2) The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, and pays homage to the legendary feats of skill, determination, and speed of the world's fastest horses. Like the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown honors baseball players, The National Museum of Racing honors the achievements of the best American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. A visit to this museum is filled with all the sights, sounds, and accolades of the legendary heroes of the world's most famous racetracks. Exquisite equine art, beautiful silks, sparkling trophies, and a vast array of thoroughbred memorabilia adorn the walls and halls of this must see museum.
The National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is located at 191 Union Ave in Saratoga Springs. Admission fees: Adults are admitted for $7.00 and children under five years old are free. Students and senior citizens 55 and over are charged $5.00.
3) The New York State Military Museum: Established in 1863, the New York State Military Museum is located at the historic armory in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum preserves and displays New York State's military history and honors the contributions of New York veterans. The museum has on display over 10,000 artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the Desert Storm operation in Iraq. The museum houses the largest collections of state battle flags and Civil War flags in the world. The majority of the museum's artifacts are Civil War related, but the museum also keeps a 2,000 volume library as well as 6,000 photographs pertaining to New York State history.
The New York State Military Museum is located at 61 Lake Ave in Saratoga Springs. There is no admission charge to view the museum or to use the Veterans Research Center. The Museum is closed every Sunday and Monday, as well as on New York State Holidays.
4) The National Museum of Dance: The National Museum of Dance was established in 1986 and is the only museum in the nation dedicated solely to American professional dance. The museum curates an ever expanding collection of artifacts, videos, biographies, photographs, and archives that explore seminal contributions to American dance. The museum features the Mr and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame exhibition, a unique display that recognizes luminaries and legendary figures who have influenced America's dance heritage.
The Saratoga National Dance Museum and Hall of Fame is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum is currently closed for for the early part of 2013 but will reopen March 19, 2013. Adults are admitted for $6.50, seniors and students $4, and children 12 and under are admitted for $2.00.
5) The Hyde Collection: The Hyde Collection features artwork spanning nearly six millennia and includes works by Rembrandt, van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, and Rubens. The Museum was established in 1952 at the bequest of Charlotte Hyde, a beloved community member and art collector whose vision it was "to maintain a Museum for the exhibition of the permanent collection and to promote and cultivate the improvement of the fine arts, for the education and benefit of the residents of Glens Falls and vicinity and the general public." Opened to the public in 1963, the museum celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013.
The Hyde Collection is located at 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York. For more information on their variable hours and admission costs, click here.
6) The National Bottle Museum: The National Bottle Museum's mission is to preserve the history of bottle making. Ballston Spa became a major bottle manufacturing center in the 19th century when naturally carbonated mineral water from nearby springs was found to be ideal for the bottle making process. The museum has access to nearly 2,000 antique bottles and collections from all over the United States, allowing the museum to make frequent exhibit and display changes. When creating an interpretative exhibit, bottles are often combined with other objects in order to create a more complete, powerful, and accurate narrative. Visiting the National Bottle Museum is highly recommended for those visiting Saratoga County.
The National Bottle Museum is located at 76 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa, New York. The museum is open year round with varying hours. From October 1st to May 31st the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. From June 1st to September 30th the museum is open Friday through Tuesday from 10AM to 4PM. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted at nationalbottlemuseum.org.
If you visit any of these wonderful museums, we would love to hear about your experience in the comment section below!