The Arkell Museum is officially open for the 2022 season!
Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library recommends masks for all individuals over two (2) years old inside the building regardless of vaccination status.
The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.
Bartlett Arkell, the first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company founded the Canajoharie Library for the people of the village of Canajoharie.
When it opened, gracing its walls were a dozen paintings from Arkell’s personal collection, including works by Gilbert Stuart and Robert Henri. The paintings were so well received that in 1927, Arkell broke ground on our original museum building, and we became the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery. Today, we are known as the Arkell Museum, and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing art with the Canajoharie community and beyond.
The American painting collection includes seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including; Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut collection of early twentieth-century advertising material.
A major addition to the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library was completed in 2007 through the generosity of the Arkell Hall Foundation. The Foundation remains an important partner in our shared mission of providing educational and cultural opportunities in our community. – The Arkell Museum website
The Role of the Macbeth Gallery in Shaping the Collection
Saturday, March 4 – December 30
You told me earlier in the year that some day you wanted a fine Inness…
Robert Macbeth to Bartlett Arkell, March 8, 1917
The Macbeth Gallery had a profound impact on the development of American art. It was the first gallery in New York City to focus on work by American artists, and held many ground-breaking exhibits. Our founder Bartlett Arkell made many important purchases at the Macbeth Gallery, and worked closely with gallery directors to build our extraordinary collection. This exhibit is a small tribute to his vision for the future, and the early work of the Macbeth Gallery.
Arkell Museum Exhibits | Montgomery County Exhibits
Upstate New York’s Mohawk Valley region is home and inspiration for many artists. The Museum & Library’s Regional Art Galleries once again host this show of the work of The Arts Factory members. Visit early and find something unique and special for holiday giving. All gallery sales are “Cash & Carry”, so you can purchase a work of art and take it home with you the same day!
Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is free. Museum admission is free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues – Fri, 10 am-5 pm, Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 6 pm on Wednesdays.
For more information contact: Cory Seymour 518-673-2314, ext. 110.
Every second Friday of the month, join the Arkell Museum for a special kids music concert with talented musician Gary Van Slyke.
Gary has been performing for many years and has a wonderful curriculum of songs that will get your kids clapping, stomping, and singing along. Each concert is unique and full of new songs. Gary might even bring instruments for the kids to try out!
This program is FREE and open to all. The music will be centered on 0 – 11 age group, but older folks are welcome to join us.
This program is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Office of the Governor of New York.