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Storm King Art Center

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Storm King Art Center is a unique outdoor sculpture museum that provides opportunities for outings for individuals, couples, and families. The facility is located on five hundred acres of lawns and woodlands about one hour north of Manhattan in the Hudson Valley. Storm King's permanent collection boasts post-war works by major artists such as Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. These huge sculptures are displayed out in the open, and visitors can stroll the grounds to visit the works or tour the grounds on a regularly-running tram. The sculptures change in appearance and effect under different light and in different weather. Thus, Storm King offers a new experience each time you visit, and the beauty of the site and the artworks can be appreciated no matter the season or the weather. Storm King is just as stunning on a blustery October afternoon as it is on a golden May morning.

In addition to the permanent collection, Storm King has some rotating exhibits which are housed in and around the museums welcome/information center. The center, the only building on the grounds open to the public, also houses restrooms and a museum shop. Docent tours are given twice a day. There is no restaurant or snack shop. However, a portion of the grounds is devoted to picnic tables and beverage vending machines are located nearby. In addition to the sculptures, the grounds boast a wide variety of trees and plant-life, a pond, and some resident geese and ducks.

Storm King is open Wednesday through Sunday, April 1st to November 15th every year. The facility is closed to the public during the winter months. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $7 for children in grades K through 12, and free for children under five. For visitors in the New York City area, transportation by bus is available through Short Line/Coach USA from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. The round trip bus ride is $44, which includes admission for one adult to the Art Center.

Storm King Art Center is a one of a kind museum experience that you will not soon forget.