The Katonah Museum of Art celebrates the unique pleasures of the visual arts as a non-collecting facility devoted to changing exhibitions and educational programs. In a building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the Museum originates six major exhibitions annually and offers an extensive range of activities to engage visitors of all ages. Exhibitions present the "best of art" from the past to the present, spanning the spectrum of cultures, media, historical periods, and social issues.

In a building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the Katonah Museum originates six major exhibitions annually in its main galleries, as well as sculpture and installations in the Sculpture Garden. The Museum offers an extensive range of activities to engage visitors of all ages.

The Museum's Learning Center is an interactive exhibition space in which children can experience the fun of artistic exploration. The Museum Shop is fully stocked with tasteful merchandise. Concerts, family festivals, workshops, lectures, and guided tours are offered year round.

The Katonah Museum is wheelchair accessible. Listening devices are available for the hearing impaired. Sign-interpreted tours are available on request for individuals or groups; call the Museum Monday through Friday, 9-5, for further information and reservations.

History

The Katonah Museum of Art was founded 50 years ago as The Katonah Gallery, a small volunteer-run institution dedicated to encouraging the enjoyment, appreciation, and study of the visual arts by visitors of all ages.

The Gallery, initially located in a small room over the Katonah Village Library, was committed to presenting "the best of art from the past to the present" and, as a "teaching museum," to communicating the special pleasures of the visual arts to its visitors.

To achieve maximum flexibility and diversity in its exhibition program, the Gallery was founded as a non-collecting institution, free to explore the entire spectrum of artistic, historical, and cultural periods. Education for area schools as well as for the general public quickly became the focus of all Gallery programs.

By the late 1980's, the need for expanded space became critical. The Museum launched $5 million capital campaign and engaged the distinguished architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes, to design its new home. In 1990, the renamed Katonah Museum of Art moved to its present site and hired its first Executive Director. The Museum's elegant new facility provided space for a more comprehensive treatment of exhibition material, a wider range of participatory art education activities, and a greater variety and frequency of public programs.

As it made this growth-driven expansion, the Museum reaffirmed its commitment to its mission. It remains a non-collecting institution dedicated to the study, appreciation, and enjoyment of the visual arts. It remains committed to its innovative and challenging range of educational programs, its lively array of public programs, and its uniquely effective use of talented volunteers.

Directions

By Train: From Grand Central Terminal (Harlem River Division of Metro North), the Katonah Museum is located 1/2 mile east of the Katonah train station. Taxi service is available.

By Car: Exit 6 off Interstate 684. Turn onto Route 35 east. At first light turn right onto Route 22 south. The Museum is located 1/4 mile on the left.

Address

The Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY 10536

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