Arkell Museum

Arkell Museum, Canajoharie: Hours, Address, Arkell Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Arkell Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY919 contributions
A Very Solid and Interesting Collection
Aug 2020
The Arkell Museum features top level American paintings and artworks. It was founded by owner of the Beech-Nut Company, Bartlett Arkell, for the edification of his employees and townspeople.
Originally he had copies made of the great Dutch masterpieces. In this way the local people, who did not have the means to see the originals in Europe, could have access to the artworks in this form. The copy of the "Night Watch" by Rembrandt is still on display [A bit odd in modern times].
The collection grew as gifts from Mr. Arkell's private collection. The great emphasis is now on American Artists. Whistler, Moses, Homer, etc.
The paintings are in very good condition and well displayed throughout the galleries.
The original building and the new wing ae interesting in themselves as well.
Written September 4, 2020
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Nathan and Rosa... L
Canajoharie, NY9 contributions
Lovely!
Nov 2019 • Couples
Art gallery!! Library!! Museum!! Classical music festivals!! Bicycles welcome!!
Love this place!
It would be nice to see them do more with the grounds by way of making it into both a perennial food and artists garden to sit,marvel and paint in...but other than that,I really have no complaints at all.The place is great! Art by local artists is featured month to month and for sale on a regular basis!
Well worth stopping in for a peek,no matter what you're there for!
Written November 5, 2019
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Bob C
Albany, NY1,004 contributions
Wonderful Museum
Oct 2019
We'd been here before and enjoy returning to see the most current exhibits. This museum is a great place to visit for local Mohawk Valley history. Their display of Beechnut memorabilia is most interesting to a person in demographic. Some of the paintings are just wonderful to view as gems we have in this locale. A great museum to appreciate art and history.
Written October 28, 2019
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Richard B
Hudson, NY16 contributions
History and Art
Oct 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had the opportunity to explore the Mohawk valley this past week. The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie was one of our planned stops. Although small, the Museum had selected works by American Artists like Winslow Homer, Edward Gay, Thomas Hart Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam and Albert Bierstadt. An absolutely amazing painting by Edward Gay titled "Mother Earth", is a must see. The museum touches in detail the life and contributions of the Arkell family, founders of the Beechnut brand and products, and their contributions to art and the broader community of Canajoharie through the decades. If you enjoy American Art and History this museum gives you a touch of both.
Written October 25, 2019
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EtanM
Hartford, CT32 contributions
hidden gem
Aug 2019
Small museum depicting the history of the town and some good pieces of art.
Most interesting is to talk with the staff about the town and its relationship with the Beechnut company.
Written August 20, 2019
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GoOutNow
Newburyport, MA78 contributions
A Great Experience - Art and History in One Stop
Mar 2019 • Couples
I was not disappointed - I saw multiple Winslow Homer paintings .Some really great art in a small town. It has been years since I was in the library and art gallery. It has really changed and is now a larger beautiful building. My only disappointment was that the expansion didn't create even more exhibit space for the truly wonderful art that the museum owns. The history of Canajoharie and Beech-Nut was totally enjoyable.
Written March 17, 2019
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Thank you for visiting! We're glad you enjoyed seeing us again and the "new" galleries built as part of the 2007 expansion. It never seems like enough room, but they do allow us to have even more work on display at any one time. We do have thoughts for the Great Hall wall opposite the big Erie Canal image... Stay tuned!
Written March 29, 2019
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skaszab2016
Toronto, Canada1,165 contributions
What a lovely Museum. A hidden gem
Dec 2018 • Solo
I needed some time to myself. Stopped by to stroll. Well I am glad. The Arkell Museum is beautiful, vast and filled with priceless artifacts of note. Art, history and architecture too. The staff were excellent...received a personal tour. 4 hours later I left a better person.
Written December 18, 2018
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Dirk P
Savannah, GA17 contributions
What a beautiful art gallery
Oct 2018 • Couples
Last week we visited the Canajohari Library and Arkell Museum. We did not know what to expect but what a suprise was waiting for us. The founder of the museum was Bartlett Arkell CEO of the Beech-Nut Packing Company. In 1924 he gave his home town a library and later a museum. It is an inspiring place to be with friendly and helpfull staff and an extraordinary art collection. The work of artists like Thomas Eakins, George Inness and Homer Winslow are on display. The company contracted an artist like Norman Rockwell to make posters for their products. It is an interesting place to spend some time and enjoy the gift Bartlett Arkell gave to us all.
Written October 10, 2018
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope that you will be back to see us again soon.
Written October 12, 2018
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Archibald M
Cooperstown, NY75 contributions
Wonderful art and history museum
Sep 2018 • Couples
After moving back to upstate New York, my wife and wife and I decided to make a day trip to the Arkell Museum. We had not been there in years, but with a major expansion and new, professional staff, this is now something that should be on everyone's list. The art collection is astounding, and I was also fascinated by the exhibit chronicling the Arkell family, the moving force behind the Beech Nut food company that once flourished in town. (Canajoharie was once known as "flavortown"!) This museum is definitely worth a stop from the Thruway, or a longer visit if you can manage it.
Written September 16, 2018
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Italybeauty
Bethesda, MD20 contributions
Who knew!
Aug 2018 • Couples
It if wasn’t for an associate who grew up in the area we would not have found Arkell easily, however we spent several hours learning about the journey of the
Beech Nut business and its founders as well as absorbing the wonderful art works collected by the president, Bartlett Arkell. It’s always fun to discover something of interest you never knew you wanted to know about! We had no knowledge of the ‘smallest show on earth’, a miniature circus that travelled around on streamlined buses promoting the Beech Nut brand. What a clever idea. I was imagining how - even today - it would be awesome for someone to advertise in such an intimate way. Interesting story as well as some unexpectedly great works of art. All tucked away in an unassuming library in Canajoharie, NY. Worth visiting.
Written August 18, 2018
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We would love to hear what we can do to earn that last star. Please feel free to email us at jriley@arkellmuseum.org. Thanks!
Written August 20, 2018
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Arkell Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM