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Museums of Saratoga Springs

Posted: 07/30/2010

Health, history, and horses—that’s Saratoga Springs in a nutshell. The “health” part of the city’s slogan is directly related to the springs located throughout the region, each known for a specific taste or healing property. Horses, of course, are key to the success of the thoroughbred racetrack and harness racing at Saratoga Raceway.

An inviting selection of museums and galleries foster knowledge about the area’s history and culture.  For local history, there is the Saratoga Springs History Museum, located on three floors of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park. Free lectures and educational programs are available each month.

To learn more about military history, look no further than the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Center,  at the site of the old armory on Lake Avenue. The current exhibition focuses on New York’s role during the Revolutionary War.

Those with specific interests in topics relating to this area are invited to visit the National Museum of Dance on South Broadway, the only museum in the nation devoted entirely to dance; the National Museum of Racing on Union Avenue, where visitors are invited to try the horse racing simulator to get a sense of what jockeys experience; and the Saratoga Automobile Museum in the state park off South Broadway.  The current exhibition at the automobile museum features a collection of 14 exquisitely preserved woodies.

The Skidmore community takes justifiable pride in the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery,  which is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  This summer’s exhibitions include Opener 20—Paula Hayes: Understory; Opener 21—Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs; and For You. The Tang also features weekly concerts during the summer through its UpBeat on the Roof concert series.