Westchester offers many museums and galleries specializing in history, nature, and art.
- Bedford Historical Society Museum
Route 22, Bedford Village Green, Bedford 10506
Bedford Village Green includes an 1806 historical hall, an 1838 general store, and an 1838 post office. A 1787 Courthouse and an 1829 Schoolhouse house museums. All sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts - House Museum
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah 10536
Phone: 914-232-5035, ext. 221
A Mediterranean-style mansion containing rooms from European villas and palaces with fine and decorative art. Collection includes some of the nation's finest Medieval, Renaissance, and Eastern art and antiquities, including wall coverings, jade pieces, furniture and textiles.
- Cortland Historical Society & Museum
137 7th Street, Verplanck 10596
The Society's collection includes pictures, artifacts, maps, tools, videos, oral history tapes and a reference library of local history.
- Croton's History Museum
1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson 10520
A collection of documents, images and artifacts showcasing the history of the village of Croton-on-Hudson. Thomas Simone curator of the museum; maintained by Village Historian Joyce Finnerty and Croton Historical Society.
- Eastchester Historical Society (Marble School House)
Library at the School House at New Rochelle & California Roads, Eastchester 10709
The Eastchester Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of Westchester, with an emphasis on Eastchester; it also operates programs in its 1835 Marble School House. The Marble School was built of marble from the Tuckahoe quarry. In a separate building on site there is a reference library which contains books, maps, photographs and documents. Visits both to the school and library are by appointment only. To make an appointment call (914) 337-9032.
- Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
28 Deveau Road, North Salem 10560
Museum features changing exhibits that bridge the East and West and a 3.5-acre Japanese garden. Cafe offers gourmet fare.
- Heritage Exhibit - Maryknoll Sisters Center
100 Ryder Road, Ossining 10562
Art and artifacts document the first group of American religious women devoted to service in foreign countries since 1912.
- Hudson River Museum (Glenview Mansion & The Andrus Planetarium)
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers 10701
The galleries and restored period room of Glenview, a vintage Hudson River home, features exhibitions of American art, history and science plus many family programs. Hudson Riverama, a permanent teaching gallery, simulates the Hudson River with scenic designs, interactive experiences, multimedia technology, aquariums and a scale model of the river. Explore the reaches of outer space at Andrus Planetarium shows.
- John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
400 Route 22, Katonah 10536
Residence of American's first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and his descendants. Furnished rooms in the Federal style home tell the story of Jay, his family and their lifestyles in the new republic. Visit their formal gardens and herb garden.
- Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street, Katonah 10536
A non-collecting institution dedicated to the visual arts, offering changing exhibitions and acclaimed Children's Learning Center, a sculpture garden amidst 100-year-old Norwegian Spruce trees, family programming, lectures, live jazz, evening cocktail parties, organized trips and tours to other museums and private collections.
- Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
200 Lake Road, Sleepy Hollow 10591
Extraordinary landmark home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Tours include the main rooms of the six-story stone house, the expansive terraced gardens containing an exceptional collection 20th century sculpture, art galleries with Governor Rockefeller's collection of Picasso tapestries and the Coach Barn with classic automobiles and horsedrawn carriages. Artists include, among others, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louis Nevelson and David Smith. Tours depart from nearby Philipsburg Manor. Purchase tickets online.
- Maryknoll Mission Center Exhibit
55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY 10562, Ossining 10562
Phone: 914-941-7636, ext. 2670
The Museum of Living Mission exhibition "We are all called to mission" offers a family learning experience. Interactive exhibits inspire dialogue to light the fire within and put one's faith into action. Explore the missions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 10577
One of the region's finest cultural resources featuring 10-12 exhibitions annually of modern, contemporary and emerging artists, as well as the county's only permanent exhibition of African art. Lectures, workshops, gallery tours, performances and special events.
- Ossining Historical Society Museum
196 Croton Avenue, Ossining 10562
Housed in the 1872 Austin House, the museum contains collections and exhibits of antiques and memorabilia reflecting local Ossining history dating from 1785, such as maps, military artifacts, photographs, furniture and items from Sing Sing Prison.
- Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Warburton Avenue and Dock Street, Yonkers 10701
A National Historic Landmark and official project of Save America's Treasure, this high-style Georgian mansion, built in stages between 1680 and 1755, was home to the wealthy Loyalist, Frederick Philipse III. The museum has an original 1750's paper-mache ceiling, and selections from the Cochram Collection of American Portraiture.
- Pound Ridge Museum
255 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge 10576
Permanent local history exhibits on Pound Ridge and environs, housed in the former "Lecture Room" built in 1853. Genealogy research material available.
- Somers Historical Society and Museum of the Early American Circus
Routes 100 & 202, Somers 10589
Located in the Elephant Hotel, a national historic landmark built by Hachaliah Bailey. Permanent exhibits on circus and local history as well as changing exhibitions.
- Square House Museum
1 Purchase Street, Rye 10580
Headquarters to the Rye Historical Society, housed in a former tavern built in 1730 and famous for hosting George Washington overnight. Five period rooms include the entryway, warming kitchen, bedroom and ballroom. Groups welcome by appointment.
- Thomas Paine Memorial Museum
983 North Avenue, New Rochelle 10804
Collection of original artifacts and works of Thomas Paine, Father of the American Revolution and creator of human rights movement. The Paine monument stands outside the building.
- Van Cortlandt Manor
South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson 10520
Once the home of New York's prominent Van Cortlandt family, the Manor contains an outstanding collection of American decorative arts, beautiful gardens, a tenant farmer's house and a tavern. Museum gift shop and picnic area available. Tours are led by costumed guides.
- Washington Irving's Sunnyside
West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown 10591
The cozy "Snuggery" of beloved author Washington Irving, whose "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" has delighted generations of readers. His charming home sits on the banks of the Hudson amid a delightful romantic landscape. Museum gift shop and picnic area available. Tours are led by costumed guides.
- Westchester County Veterans Museum
Lasdon Park, Route 35, Somers 10589
Military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War to the present. Visitors to this facility read stories and view photographs, paintings, prints and military memorabilia of past conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the present, in which Westchester residents served the United States armed forces.
- Westchester Holocaust Memorial
148 Martine Avenue, White Plains 10601
Outdoor public art installation serving as a memorial to the lives lost during the Holocaust.
- Yorktown Museum
1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights 10598
Five permanent exhibit rooms; a sensory environmental exhibit on the lives of the Mohegan Indians, furnished period room circa 1750-1850; period dollhouses representing a spectrum of architectural styles; railroad room with HO scale model layout of Putnam Division line representing the Yorktown area; farm room displaying antique tools and equipment. Rotating exhibits of patchwork quilts, old toys and dolls, strange patent models, clothes of the past centuries and more.