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Path Through History Weekends (June 1-2 &7-8) and Museum Week (June 10 -16) make it fun and easy to visit arts and culture venues across the State Albany, N.Y. - One of the best times to discover the state's world-class art collections and leading museums, ranging from glass to vintage toys, is during New York State Museum Week, June 10-16. Museums across the state will feature special events, exhibits, activities and promotions for the second annual Museum Week, co-sponsored by the N.Y. State Council on the Arts and Museumwise: Museum Association of New York, which provide grants and shared resources for cultural activities and museums in the state. Plus, Path Through History, recently introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, makes it easier than ever to discover fascinating arts and culture venues year-round. Arts and Culture is one of 13 themes, ranging from Sports History and Military History to Civil Rights, used to organize 700-plus heritage sites throughout the Empire State. The program includes identifying markers on major state highways and local signage utilizing a distinctive Path Through History logo to help point the way. There's also a Path Through History web page on www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistory with additional information. Path Through History will be celebrated with nearly 200 events throughout the state on June 1-2 and 7-8, so be sure to check regularly for more information. A sampling of Arts and Culture sites highlighted in the Path Through History program as well as other great museums and cultural venues around the Empire State follows below. Check with the museums directly for special activities during Museum Week and throughout the year. Prestigious and Eclectic Collections. The greatest concentration of art is in New York City, where collections range from small gems like the Museum of the Moving Image in the borough of Queens and the eclectic exhibits at the Morgan Library to the extensive collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (a.k.a. the Met), one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. In fact, Manhattan's Museum Mile contains nine prestigious museums, including the Met, Guggenheim, Museum for African Art and Jewish Museum. Coinciding with Museum Week is the 35th Annual Museum Mile Festival on June 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., when Fifth Avenue closes to traffic from 82nd to 105th Street and comes alive with art and live music in the street and free admission to all of the museums along the way. Scenes that Inspire Art. The beauty of New York State inspired the Hudson River School, a local art movement in the 19th century which featured artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and Asher Durand. This summer, visitors to Central New York can catch a special Hudson River School exhibit as well as permanent folk and Native American collections at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Catskills offers guided tours of artist Thomas Cole's home, studio and hikes amidst the landscapes that inspired his works. In the Hudson Valley, Olana State Historic Site, the estate of painter Frederic Church, invites visitors to explore his artistically-landscaped grounds, home and personal art collection. Portraits in Nature. The interplay of art and nature in the Hudson Valley can also be explored at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers via exhibitions, lectures and outdoor activities. Dia: Beacon in Beacon, which displays art from the 1960s to the present, is situated on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River and is adjacent to ninety acres of riverfront parkland. For more art in nature, the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor provides natural outdoor settings for more than 100 sculptures. And Griffis Sculpture Park near Ellicottville in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region integrates sculpture into the parklands. Classes and Collections. On Long Island, the Nassau County Museum of Art features art classes amid the collection and grand surroundings of industrialist Henry Clay Frick's home, while the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington displays an eclectic collection that spans 500 years. Classes are also available at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, which displays works by New York School artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning and Esteban Vicente as well as contemporary works by Roy Lichtenstein and others. The museum celebrates the alluring light and seascapes of Eastern Long Island that led William Merritt Chase to establish one of America's first plein-air painting schools in 1891. Celebrating a Centennial. The 1913 Armory Show in Manhattan was the first major exhibition of European avant-garde painting and sculpture in America. Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin were among the artists exhibited there. The centennial of this seminal event will be celebrated at several venues including the New York Historical Society in Manhattan (from October 11, 2013 to February 23, 2014) and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, where the permanent collection features seven pieces from the original show. While there, fans of Andy Warhol won't want to miss the special exhibition that runs June 9 to Sept 8. Historic Homes for Important Artwork. In the Adirondacks, the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls features works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso and Renoir displayed in an elegant turn of the century mansion, while the impressive Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake presents history, nature, handicrafts and fine arts in historic buildings. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg celebrates the work of this 19th century New York native, best known for his sculptures and paintings depicting cowboys, soldiers and Native Americans of the Old West. The collection is housed in a grand old mansion with an interesting history of its own. Art in All Mediums. Three notable museums in the Finger Lakes celebrate art for its elements. The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, pioneering art video collection and distinctive structural design by noted architect I.M. Pei. The George Eastman House in Rochester, which houses the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, tells the story of photography and motion pictures through lenses that have changed and continue to change our perception of the world. The Corning Museum of Glass celebrates a single material: glass. Architecture buffs flock to Greater Niagara to admire the sleek lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo. The city's museums also include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, known for its contemporary art, and the regionally-focused Burchfield-Penney Art Center. Drawing on Words. Writers have long drawn inspiration from the Empire State. At the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center in West Hills on Long Island, a tour of his 19th century farmhouse offers an intimate encounter with the poet through original letters, manuscripts, artifacts and even hearing Whitman's voice on tape. Nearby, restored mansions such as Old Westbury Gardens, former home of John S. Phipps, and the former Vanderbilt Estate on Long Island's Gold Coast offer a glimpse into the society that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." For insight into James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans," visit Cooperstown, his hometown in Central New York, where the landscape may feel familiar to his readers and the Fenimore Art Museum displays memorabilia from the author. A different type of inspiration moved Joseph Smith to publish "The Book of Mormon" in Palmyra in 1830. The Hill Cumorah Visitors Center in the Finger Lakes offers a free annual pageant-- July 12-13 and July 16-20-- which tells the Mormon story with a cast of over 650 players. Child's Play. Visiting fun museums can help cultivate a child's lifelong appreciation for arts and culture. In the Finger Lakes, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester draws adults and kids with its nostalgic National Toy Hall of Fame, indoor butterfly garden and 1918 working carousel, while the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City offers hands-on activities in science, music and art. The Capital-Saratoga region's Children's Museum of Science and Technology(CMOST) in Troy also encourages families to explore science and technology together through hands-on experiences, while The New York State Museum in Albany offers 200-plus public programs a year-many catering to kids and families--with exhibits focused on everything New York, from art and archaeology to ornithology. Indulge your Love of Sports. Interested in aviation? Set your course for the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island where you'll see everything from historic aircraft to hot air balloons and dine at the Red Planet Cafe, a Mars-themed eatery. Is baseball your passion? The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in Central New York is a must-see, while motorcycle enthusiasts rev up to see the Motorcyclepedia Museum in the Hudson Valley. Plus, The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Central New York displays classic vehicles including Duesenbergs, Packards and other favorites along with period fashions and videos. For more arts and culture-themed ideas, visit http://www.iloveny.com. About Path Through History Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York's already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative is currently focused on 13 themes including: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women's Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolution, Native American Heritage, Sports History and the War of 1812. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected with input from leading historians. For more information, visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/b12fcf8b7e/6ab8c97166/2a021d6523. Each week starting April 1, the I LOVE NEW YORK social media channels will highlight one theme from Path Through History, featuring photos, videos, event itineraries and more to showcase the rich history of New York State. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or use #LoveNYHistory to join us on the journey down New York's Path Through History. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on social media: Facebook: Facebook.com/ILOVENY Twitter: @I_LOVE_NY Instagram: ILOVENY YouTube: YouTube.com/OfficialILoveNY Pinterest: Pinterest.com/ILOVENY Flickr: Flickr.com/OfficialILoveNY About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like hiking, biking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers big excitement and tons activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?M.SilverADivisionofF/b12fcf8b7e/6ab8c97166/a0637960b4 for all of our spring and summer activities. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.