Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art


1 Hawk Drive New Paltz, NY 12561

Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

(Hours may vary depending on season. See website or call for current hours of operation.)

No admission charge

Notes: E-m ail: Phone: 845-257-3844


Historical Description:

“It was in 2001 that the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (SDMA) on the SUNY New Paltz campus was dedicated, bringing to fruition a project that had dominated the last decade of Sam Dorsky's life. Sam's gift to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation provided the impetus for the construction of the new museum building, as well as the complete renovation of the former College Art Gallery. The six galleries, offices, and research facilities are joined by a common corridor and now comprise the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.”


The Site:

“The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, originally known as the College Art Gallery (founded in 1964), is a not-for-profit educational institution located at the State University of New York at New Paltz . The Museum uses its collections and develops changing exhibitions primarily to enrich and amplify the academic programs at the College. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting works of art from diverse cultures. The permanent collection spans a period of almost 4,000 years. Areas of specialization include 20th century prints and paintings, Asian art, Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, decorative arts (metals), and photographs. The Museum has a special commitment to collecting important works of art created by artists that have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions.”



From the north or south: take NYS Thruway (I-87) to exit 18.

From the northeast/west: take the NYS Thruway (I-90) to Albany and then south (I-87) to exit 18.

From the southwest: take Route 17 east to Route 17K to NYS Thruway (I-87) north to to exit 18.

From Connecticut: take I-84 west to exit 7S. Follow sign for NYS Thruway (I-87). Take Thruway north to exit 18.

From New Jersey: take the Garden State Parkway to Route 17 (Exit 163). Proceed 14 miles to NYS Thruway north to exit 18. Alternate route: Via Route 287, go northwest on State Rt. 17 to New York. Take I-287 north to I-87. Go north on I-87 to exit 18.

From Mid Hudson Bridge: turn right onto Route 9W north. Proceed 2 3/4 miles to traffic light at intersection with Route 299. Turn left onto 299 and proceed approximately six miles to New Paltz. Turn left onto South Manheim Boulevard (Rt. 32 South).

 From Exit 18: turn left at the traffic light after toll booth. Turn left at the third traffic light onto South Manheim Boulevard (Rt. 32 South). Several campus entrances are on the right side of the road, depending on which part of campus you are here to visit.

Parking: Lot #32, located on South Manheim Blvd/Route 32 South Directly across from Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center (please use designated "visitor" parking spots)

During weekends and evenings after 5 p.m. you may park in any campus lot designated for faculty, staff or visitors.