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What to Admire on the Glens Falls Arts Trail

Though we're a small city with a population under 15,000, Glens Falls is full-to-the-brim with arts and culture events, activities, and attractions. The Arts Trail is the best way to experience all the Glens Falls Art District has to offer, from the theater and the symphony to the best collection of modern art north of New York City.

glens falls art trail map

Click map to enlarge. Map courtesy of Arts District of Glens Falls.

Stops on the Arts Trail

1. Chapman Museum

Stepping into the Chapman is like taking a portal into the past. With stunning displays including incredible photographs of bygone eras, there's no better place to start this Arts Trail than the Chapman. Immerse yourself in the Glens Falls and Upstate NY of the past as you begin the journey to understanding how our little city became a cultural hotspot.

2. Crandall Public Library

The Crandall Public Library is not just any library (though they do have an excellent collection). Downstairs at the Crandall is the Folklife Center, which features a gallery, archives, and cultural programs about the folk life of Upstate NY, the Adirondacks, and America.

3. Charles R. Wood Theater

(feat. Adirondack Theatre Festival and Glens Falls Community Theatre)

A thoroughly modern performing arts venue, the Charles R. Wood Theater is home to many local and touring shows featuring everything from music and dance to film and comedy. The Adirondack Theatre Festival and Glens Falls Community Theatre attract hundreds of attendees every year with their awesome programming.

4 (a.) LARAC

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center (LARAC) fosters community and strives to establish a cultural identity for our region. You can visit them in their gorgeous, restored Victorian carriage house next to the Glens Falls City Park and discover new local artists on exhibit, take a workshop, or attend a lecture.

4 (b.) The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra is a hidden gem in the lower Adirondacks. This talented group of musicians usually performs at the High School, but you can drop in on their offices in the same building as LARAC.

5. NorthCountryARTS

Though their main offices are in the Shirt Factory, NorthCountryARTS actually has a gallery on the 2nd floor of the Glens Falls City Hall. This gallery features members in monthly solo and group shows. You can even attend a reception on the third Thursday of every month and meet the artists!

6. Glens Falls Civic Center

Home to concerts, sports, festivals, and various community activities, the Glens Falls Civic Center is an important cultural venue in town. Definitely be sure to check to see what events are happening at the Civic Center when you head out to hit the Arts Trail.

7. World Awareness Children's Museum

Stop by this unique museum to discover all about the world's different cultures with your family. The World Awareness Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on musuem with multi-cultural programs, international art exchanges, and a mission to help children understand and appreciate the diversity in our world.

8. The Hyde Collection Art Museum

If you've been scrolling to find the best collection of modern art north of NYC, The Hyde Collection is the stop you've been looking for. Home to a world-class collection on permanent display with rotating traveling exhibits, visiting the Hyde should be on your list right alongside MOMA and the Met.

9 (a.) The Shirt Factory Arts & Healing Center

The historic building is a unique, multi-use space where artists have shops and studios, exhibit their work, and teach classes and workshops. Visit the Shirt Factory for a taste of what local artists are up to and to see how they craft their unique creations.

9 (b.) NCA at the Shirt Factory

In addition, the Shirt Factory is the headquarters of North CountryARTS. As the group's home gallery, you can expect to find paintings, fine crafts of all descriptions, gifts, and more. Stop by and discover what's currently on display!

10. Park Theater

Editor's Note 8/4/20: The Park Theater is temporarily closed, but Doc's Restaurant is open.

This historic theater is over 100 years old and was home to everything from silent films to vaudeville. The theater recently underwent a complete renovation, and has a new full-service restaurant on-site.

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