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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Utica
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Owner description: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Renowned art collection, exhibitions, and education programs presented in a famous museum building designed by Philip Johnson and a superbly restored Victorian mansion, Fountain Elms. Performing arts include international soloists and ensembles, rising stars, cinema, outdoor concerts and special events. School of Art offers a nationally accredited college program, PrattMWP, and community art classes for all ages. Art Shop Gift Gallery. Museum admission is free. Open year-round, Tues - Sat 10 – 5, Sun 1 - 5.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

There is so much to do and see here! Besides the museum there is Fountain Elms to walk through. If you like art and history this is a must see in Utica!

Thank Jeannie1966
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

This museum has a pretty wide variety of types of art. The base collection is free, they charge a fee to see any special exhibits (I skipped that, didn't have much time.) Much of the collection is modern stuff, only bits of which is to my taste. They do have several good Hudson River School landscapes. The highlight is a series by Thomas Cole "The Voyage of Life", four large paintings based on the stages of a person's life. These are in a separate gallery, with very informative text, and you can see the paintings up close and study the detail. This is really what made my stop in the museum worthwhile. It's a bit of a shame such a great work is located where fewer people have access to see it.

Connected to the museum is one of the houses of the founding family. This contains period rooms, some exhibits on the family history, some of the stuff they collected (they collected a lot!) and some additional exhibit space.

I spent about 2 hours seeing everything (except the paid exhibit), but you can do much less time if you choose. What is really worthwhile is the Thomas Cole and the other landscapes. With free admission how can you pass this up?

Thank ral338
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is perfect afternoon trip, and this is the last week ! Nov. 26-31
Knowledgeable staff guided tour beneficial and entertaining while educating all of us.

Thank Kathleen C
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Another place of great history for the central valley of NY. If you're artsy you'll love it, great art, many levels to explore. There is even a kids play room that is interactive for them to keep them busy if you want some free time to roam around.

Thank RockinRob1
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Really worth a visit. We also went to the film series and the cafe and they were great. Utica is lucky to have this jewel.

Thank LTPratt
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