Museum Village Museum Village

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1010 Route 17M Monroe, NY 10950

Hours: The museum is open May through November with hours changing each month. Go to for more details. There are also weekdays open during the school year for field trips.

Admission: Adults $10, ages 4-15 and seniors $8 and children under 4 free.

Phone: 845-782-8247/8248

Fax: 845-782-6432


Historical Description:

“Museum Village was the vision of Roscoe William Smith, an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector who contributed to his native Orange County in many ways during his 99 years. Roscoe made his fortune as founder of the Orange and Rockland electric company in 1905. The wealth he generated from his successful company and investments allowed him to give back to the community in many ways. Probably Mr. Smith's most cherished gift to the local community was Museum Village of Old Smith's Clove.”


The Site:

The village has hands on exhibits and demonstrations of almost every aspect of 19th century living. Visitors can shop in the general store and drug store, watch how cloth was made, and even make their own hand dipped candles. They can also see what a blacksmith did and how printing was done before today’s modern conveniences were developed. Museum village offers an educational experience that truly allows visitors to understand and make connections with the past.



Museum Village is located on Route 17M in Monroe, New York at the intersection of two major highways- Route 17 (soon to be interstate 86) and Interstate 87 (the New York thruway). Approximate Travel Times From (by car):

New York City: 45 minutes Boston: 4 hours Philadelphia: 3 hours

From New York City:

Museum Village is located only 50 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and 4 miles west of the NYS Thruway at Exit 16 (Harriman), directly off NY route 17 West, at Exit 129 (Museum Village Road) From Connecticut: Take I-84 West to Exit 4, Route 17 East. Take Exit 129 off Route 17 East and follow signs for the Museum.

From New Jersey:

Take I-287 North to NYS Thruway (87) North to Exit 16, to Route 17 West. Take Exit 129 off Route 17 West and follow signs for the Museum. Or take the NJ Garden State Parkway to the NYS Thruway (87) and follow as above.

From Pennsylvania:

Take I-84 east to route 17 east Take exit 129 off route 17 and follow signs for the Museum.