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**

Volunteer Firemen's Hall & Museum
265 Fair St., Kingston, NY
This all-volunteer organization works to preserve Ulster County firefighter history, artifacts and documents in the original Wiltwyck Fire Station. Admission is free. Operation schedule changes each season. Check the museum website in advance.

World Awareness Children's Museum
89 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY
An interactive, hands-on Children's Museum designed for families to enjoy. Our mission is to bring our diverse world to children.

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
120 Muser Dr., Cornwall, NY
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is a center for nature. Its mission is to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world through its special focus on Environmental Education. It uses its living collections of native animals, natural habitats and trails to present a wide variety of programs for people of all ages at its two locations.  

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. 

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West Point Museum
United States Military Academy
2110 New South Post Rd., West Point, NY
The West Point Museum houses what is considered 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 Museum of Firefighting is America’s interactive museum of firefighting. Activities for families include creative play on selected fire engines, hands-on interactives—including the popular bucket brigade activity—a virtual fire engine driving activity, the new Jr. Firefighter Challenge and the Cabot/McCadam Discovery Room. With more than 60 pieces of apparatus on exhibit, whether you’re a firefighter, a student of history or a family looking for a fun and educational day trip, you will not want to miss this unique Museum.  

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY
MHCM is an ideal destination for families with children ages 0-6.  It offers a rich blend of interactive exhibits and hands-on educational programs to promote art, science, early literacy, math, nature, and culture. MHCM’s mission of empowering young children and their families is supported by three areas of strategic and programmatic focus – school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building

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


Connecting water, people and the Catskills, the Time and the Valleys Museum offers families interactive exhibits on NYC’s Water System, local history and a 1930s Catskill farm, with a farmhouse, milk house, barn, working water wheel and much more.  Exhibits include activities, puzzles computer games and hands- on experiences for children.

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
The not-for-profit Locust Grove Estate features a historic Italianate mansion open for tours with original collections of fine and decorative arts assembled by the Young family in the early twentieth century. In the Visitor Center, a permanent exhibit explores Samuel Morse's careers as an artist and inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. 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 December 2019

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