Get Something for Nothing

With our financial markets in scary turmoil, no one will blame you if you're holding on to every penny with dear life and slashing your entertainment budget to ribbons. But that doesn't mean you have to be housebound this weekend. Thank the Smithsonian Institute for coming up with Museum Day, where plenty of area museums are offering free admission this Saturday, September 27. All you have to do is log onto their website, download their free Museum Day admission card, and decide which one you want to visit. Below, I've listed some of the museums in the Valley that are participating. Check out the Smithsonian Magazine website for the fine print and an even bigger list of museums. Saving cash has never been so much fun.


Adirondack History Center Museum
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown
(518) 873-6466

Adirondack Museum
Routes 28N & 30, Blue Mountain Lake
(518) 352-7311

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
(631) 367-3418

Edward Hopper House Art Center
82 North Broadway, Nyack
(845) 353-2519

FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson
(518) 822-1875

Historic Huguenot Street: Where an American Story Unfolds
18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz
(845) 255-1660

Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street, Katonah
(914) 232-9555

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie
(845) 471-0589

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
191 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-0400

New York State Museum
Cultural Education Center

Empire State Plaza, Albany
(518) 474-1354

Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G, Hudson
(518) 828-0135

Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum
63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring
(845) 265-4010

Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street, Troy
(518) 272-7232

The Children's Museum at Saratoga
69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
(518) 584-5540

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology
250 Jordan Road, Troy
(518) 235-2120


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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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