New York's opportunities across the state to view renowned works of art, photography and film, see masterpieces of architecture and take in thrilling dramatic and musical performances, leave other states eating their hearts out.
Any art lover knows that New York City is the cultural capital of the world, from The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) to MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) to the Guggenheim, not to mention the Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the world's first and only gay art museum.
Did you know that upstate New York and Long Island also boast artists' residences and studios along with well-established, world-quality museums, including the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center on Long Island, Dia:Beacon in the Hudson Valley, the Albany Institute of Art and History, The Hyde Collection in the Adirondacks, Utica's Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.
For a unique opportunity, take your love of art outdoors. See the landscapes that inspired the great works of the Hudson School of painters and tour their homes, like the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Catskills and Olana State Historic Site, Frederick Church's estate in the Hudson Valley. Also hike outdoor sculpture gardens, like The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi International Arts Center in Ghent and the Storm King Arts Center in the Hudson Valley, or Griffis Sculpture Park in western New York.
Discover the legendary creativity and skill of New York artisans, whose arts and crafts reflect regional heritage and resources. East Aurora's Roycroft Campus was founded during the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 1800s. Native American heritage and culture are on display in places such as the Six Nations Indian Museum in the Adirondacks and the Iroquois Indian Museum in Central New York.
New York State is home to some of the world's most amazing architecture, from Georgian Colonial houses in the Hudson Valley, to Art Deco marvels in New York City, to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed wonders in the Greater Niagara region.
You can practically time travel to the beginnings of photography and motion pictures with priceless artifacts dating back to the beginning of the medium at The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York City and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester. You'll also find film festivals throughout the state all year, including LGBT festivals in New York City and Rochester.
Sing out, Louise! Whatever your musical pleasure, you can enjoy it in New York State, whether at a music festival like the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in the Finger Lakes, or listening on the lawn to a concert at Artpark in Lewiston, Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in the Catskills and Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Capital Region. Revel to the high notes of lakeside opera at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. Chautauqua Institution, the renowned cultural center in the western New York, spotlights opera, symphony music and big name entertainers during its annual summer season.
Is the play the thing for you? The lights of Broadway are shining brighter than ever along New York City's legendary theater district. Upstate, enjoy a live performance at one of our many grand theaters, including The Palace Theatre in Albany, Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, Syracuse's Landmark Theatre and Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.