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“Don't waste your time”

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Ranked #1 of 17 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 July 7, 2014

This was the first stop on a 6-day trip around northern New York. Originally wasn't going to go, but I was in town earlier than expected. Art displays outside the building drew in spectators. Most of the works outside were done by students, both in the fine arts and those not in the fine arts at the high-school level and under. Some of these were interesting.

If you're looking for fine masterpieces of art inside, you've come to the wrong place. I'll be the first to admit I don't have a fine appreciation for art, but most of this stuff was simply ridiculous. It's a small building as art museums go, and I was done in about 20 minutes. The only good thing about this place is it's free, working on donations...except for the special exhibit, which I wasn't going to pay extra for after what I had just seen. The gift store was of no additional value to the experience.

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Reviewed June 26, 2014

I love museums. And honestly, if they've got free admission - it's always a risk. But, was very pleased with our recent stop in Utica at the MWP. Really nice grounds - pleasing space; interesting collection. A bit surprised by the amount of modern art until we spoke with the docent in the house (kind of like two for one but it's still free!) and found it was a bequest from a benefactor. The main museum and homestead is free but apparently they may have a special exhibit (depending on when you visit) which could have a fee associated. Was quite an enjoyable time. If you're local, it appears that they also have a good assortment of classes and events. If back in the area, I would definitely stop again. Allow one of the Staff to fill you in on the family - interesting story of how the museum came to be. Spoiler alert -- sisters married brothers late in life ... no children so we all benefit. Enjoy.

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a great stop when traveling through the Utica area. My wife and I try to visit once a year. We've grown familiar with the on-going collection. Some of the temporary exhibits are usually interesting.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Just a great, and free, nationally recognized art museum with some great works. Worth the visit and while in Utica, The Utica Club Brewery Tour is great fun for the family or individual and educational. There is a fee. There is also a Oneida County Historical Society about a mile or so south of the museum on the same st., Genesee St., on the same side, That is also free, and interesting for a browse. For food, there is a local restaurant on Mohawk St called Joey's. The food is good, mainly Italian, but not always consistent. Delmonico's Steak House, mainly Italian, on N. Genesee St., is reasonable and consistent. The greens are great and Chicken, (or steak) Sinatra, is a great meal repast. Orchard Hall in nearby Sauquoit, is housed in a building over 200 years old, former grist mill, and has a good Friday night fish fry with an added salad bar for about $12.95, $9.95 without the salad bar. Spend a extra day or two in Utica to take in these pleasant stops. Not a lot more to do but it could prove relaxing and enjoyable. Also, the train station is, I believe, on the national historical registry, and worth a look. Used to be bustling 24/7. No more. .

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Even though I live here, I have to say that I went to my first exhibit here at Munson Williams. The information and they way that the exhibits were set up was really classy. There were employees on hand to make sure your experience was a delightful one and they could not be more helpful. The collections that I have seen advertised here include the works of the Sahara and also Andy Warhol. A must see if ever in the area. The prices also are not bad the downstairs there is no charge but to see the actual exhibit upstairs is $10.00 per person not bad!!!!!

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