Howland Cultural Center Howland Cultural Center


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Phone: (845) 831-4988


  • Coffeehouse- 1st Saturday every month from September-June
  • Art Gallery- Thursday-Sunday and by appointment, schedule to be announced
  • Howland Chamber Music Circle concerts- every Sunday 4PM
  • Classical Music Concerts for Elementary Students- Saturday 4PM, schedule to be announced.


Historical Description:

The Howland Cultural Center was built as a library in 1872 by Joseph Howland, a Civil War General and prominent member of the shipping industry. He came together with ten other leaders in the village, then known as Matteawan, to establish the library. General Howland commissioned Richard Morris Hunt, his brother-in-law, to design the Norwegian styled building. The library was originally open only to paying members and contained 2,200 volumes. In 1976, the library had accumulated so many books that it was forced to move to another location. This library is now the site of the Howland Cultural Center Museum.


The Site:

The Howland Cultural Center is an art center for the visual and performing arts. The Center hosts art and music exhibits, including work of new Hudson Valley artists.  The Howland Cultural Center is also the home of the Howland Chamber Music Circle, which performs every Sunday at the Center at 4PM.  The Center also holds four annual classical music concerts for elementary age children. 



From the North: Follow 1-87 South to the exit for I-84. From I-84, take the Rt.9-D exit for Beacon/Wappinger Falls. Turn right onto Rt. 9-D/North Road and continue on this road for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto Main Street for 0.8 miles.

From the South: Follow the Taconic Parkway North until the Rt. 9-A North/Rt. 100 North exit. Merge onto Rt.9-A/Rt. 100 North and keep left at the fork to 9-A North. Turn left onto US 9. Enter the next roundabout and take the first exit onto 9 N. After 3.9 miles, turn right onto NY-403. Stay on NY-403 for 2.2 miles and turn right onto NY 9-D/ Bear Mountain-Beacon Hwy. Stay on NY9-D for 10.4 miles and turn right onto Spring Valley Street. After 0.2 miles, turn left onto Churchill Street. Churchill Street becomes Main Street.