Hudson Valley Museums your kids will love

An educational and fun day trip perfect for the family!

Things to do with kids in the hudson valley new york

A trip to a museum can be an adventurous learning experience for everyone in the family. We’ve chosen seven museums across a wide area of subjects, from nature to military history to art. The Hudson Valley is home to many museums, historic sites, and learning centers—these are just a few to get you started.

**Check operating hours and days before visiting. NOT all museums may be open year round**

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY


This Museum has a special commitment to collecting important works of art created by artists that have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. “Children are welcome at the Dorsky Museum—it’s never too early to introduce a child to the experience of looking at art!” says Sara Pasti, the Dorsky Museum’s director.


Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Outdoor Discovery Center

100 Muser Dr., Cornwall, NY



This museum is a center for nature, with a focus on environmental education and a mission to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world. Programs focus on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands.

dining out with kids in the hudson valley


3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY


Located in a repurposed old factory building on Beacon’s waterfront, the museum has works by some of the most important artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Joseph Beuys, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol.


West Point Museum
United States Military Academy

2110 New South Post Rd., West Point, NY



The West Point Museum houses what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of military relics in the Western Hemisphere. “We are very appealing to families. We have something for all ages,” says the museum’s director, David Reel. Admission is free. The Visitors Center and West Point Museum are open to the general public daily.


Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY

The FASNY Museum of Firefighting contains the premiere collections of firefighting apparatus, equipment, gear and memorabilia in the world. What makes it a family favorite, however, is the significant amount of hands-on activity available. “We have a new Bucket Brigade exhibit,” says Jamie Smith, the museum’s executive director. Pressing a button sets the house ablaze, and the bucket brigade begins, with kids filling reproduction leather buckets from the well and passing them along until the “fire” is extinguished.


indoor play spots for kids in the hudson valley


Children’s Museum
75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY


The Children’s Museum’s mission is to enlighten minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery and the joy of exploration. Their newest exhibit, Link, Lift, Launch invites children to create helicopters, launch rockets, and build all sorts of cool things. The exhibit provides an age-appropriate introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  



Museum Village

1010 State Rte. 17M, Monroe, NY



Museum Village offers visitors the opportunity to explore vignettes of 19th century American life. Using a large collection of eclectic artifacts, the museum provides hands-on educational experiences and exhibits that illustrate the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America.

Time and the Valleys Museum

322 Main St., Grahamsville, NY


Home to the history of the Rondout and Neverskink Watersheds, the Time and the Valleys Museum offers families an interactive look at a unique piece of local history. Exhibits often include activities, puzzles and hands- on experiences for children as well as an educational guide through the history of the watersheds.

Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame
240 Main St., Goshen NY

Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America’s first sport. Home of the largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Changing art exhibits. Group tours, conference and private party facilities. 

Samuel Morse House at Locust Grove
2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie NY

A permanent exhibit explores Samuel Morse's careers as an artist and inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. The collection includes original works of art, reproductions of Morse's early telegraph models and chronicles the development of the telegraph equipment. Locust Grove also offers numerous special events throughout the year, many for children and families as well as beautiful grounds for hiking and walking, a museum shop, mansion tours and visitor center.

Updated September 24, 2018

Other articles by HVP Top Lists

  • Hudson Valley Easter Egg Hunts

    Hop on over to these local Easter Egg Hunts

    We've compiled a list of local East Egg hunts for the whole family to enjoy! read more »
  • Hudson Valley St. Patricks Day Parades

    Whether you are attending or involved, St. Patrick's Day Parades are tons of fun.

    Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day so come out and enjoy the fun with the whole family! read more »
  • Best Ice Cream Shops

    We've got the scoop on the very best ice cream parlors in the Hudson Valley!

    From old fashioned ice cream parlors to farms high in the mountains, the Hudson Valley is filled with some of the best Ice Cream anywhere. So if its ice cream you are craving these hot summer days- we have the list for you! read more »
  • Indoor Play Spots

    We've picked the best play spots in the Hudson Valley that your family is sure to love!

    Weather can be unexpected and ruin a play date with rain or snow, but with these indoor playgrounds nothing can interrupt the fun and let your children's imaginations run wild! read more »
  • Top Places for Sledding, tubing and skiing

    Skiing, Sledding, and Tubing... oh my! Hudson Valley Families gearing up for outdoor winter fun.

    Enjoy various winter activities with the family at these amazing winter fun spots in Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange County, NY read more »
  • Indoor Play Spots

    We've picked the best play spots in the Hudson Valley that your family is sure to love!

    Weather can be unexpected and ruin a play date with rain or snow, but with these indoor playgrounds nothing can interrupt the fun and let your children's imaginations run wild! read more »
  • Cold-weather hiking spots in the Hudson Valley

    Take a walk in an outdoor wonderland at these great hiking spots

    Hiking in the cooler weather? Why not! Take a walk right here in the Hudson Valley with these great hiking spots. read more »
  • Hudson Valley Holiday Light Displays

    Enjoy magical Christmas Light shows

    Among the many holiday traditions this season, light displays is often at the top of the list. There is something about the twinkling lights and magical dancing lights that brighten up the dark winter nights and put kids of all ages into the Christmas Spirit. read more »
  • Top Hudson Valley Dog Parks

    A roundup of our favorite parks for our fur-babies

    Our human children aren't the only ones who enjoy the great outdoors, open grassy fields and a playdate with friends. Take your pooch to one of these great local dog parks for an afternoon playdate read more »
  • Christmas Tree Farms of the Hudson Valley

    A round-up of all the best places to cut your perfect Christmas Tree

    Take some time this winter to visit a Christmas tree farm. You and your family can plan an outing to choose the perfect tree that will adorn your living room! read more »