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Review of Arkell Museum

Arkell Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.
Reviewed 1 August 2017

visited there on Saturday and loved all the history of the Erie Canal, the Beechnut factory plus world class art

Thank Nancy T
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CuratorofEducation, Public Relations Manager at Arkell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Nancy,

Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your our exhibits, and hope you will be back to see us again soon!

Best,
Jenna Peterson Riley
Curator of Education & Public Engagement

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Stopped here recently to view the Erie Canal exhibit for the bicentennial of the canal. Although I enjoyed the exhibit which gives a good grounding in life along and on the canal through the ages the museum itself doesn't present an inviting welcome to visitors.

The museum building itself is an unappealing non-descript white box obviously intended to mimic the decaying Beech-nut factory building across the street and incongruously grafted onto the charming 18th century Dutch limestone styled library. The idea would have been much better aesthetically if the museum were physically separated from the library and connected via garden paths.

Within the museum the visitor is greeted with a charmless gray, white, and black expanse. The garden area so prominent in the photos is off limits from the street and only accessible from within with difficulty. Even on cloudy days the garden view is obscured by dark blinds that conceal the outdoors.

Adding to the disappointment were acres of white folding chairs obscuring what was intended to be a showpiece mural of the area landscape and hydrology.

Thank Old_Tyme_Farmer
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CuratorofEducation, Public Relations Manager at Arkell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to write; we always appreciate hearing from our visitors. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed our Erie Canal exhibit. We have received great feedback about it, as well as our exhibit featuring Christine Heller's suffragist portraits and our lower level exhibit featuring the journal and mementos of a WWII POW camp survivor.

Our building does reflect the significant history of the Beech-Nut Packing Company plant across the street. We are all looking forward to seeing the long-term plan for that site and will work hard to continue to preserve the history of that important national and local business.

We do have a wonderful floor mural by artist Tom Schultz that depicts a map of the Mohawk Valley in our Great Hall and are very lucky that the Hall also serves as a shared event space for us and the Canajoharie Library. Last week alone we hosted (free-to-the-public) the Utica Zoo and the Caroga Lake Music Festival and a lecture on the impact of the Erie Canal on foodways in New York. This means that visitors will occasionally see chairs set up in the Great Hall, but we hope that this encourages visitors to stay for an event or to check our website for the next great offering.

Even more of our permanent collection will be on display in our Masterwork and Masterworks on Paper exhibits which open on September 16; we look forward to closing out the year by sharing more of our wonderful collection.

Best,
Jenna Peterson Riley
Curator of Education & Public Engagement

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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

You who are driving the 90 and see a funny sign that you can't quite parse at first - can a jo har eee that is where you pull off to learn about the early days of New York and the people who carved out a fortune here. You stop at the Arkell art gallery because you saw it from the road and were curious. And now you - like me - know about a very cool museum where you can stand in awe of the great painters on the last century- there is history too. You know where a treasure lies and can't wait to tell others!

Thank Kate-a-ru
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CuratorofEducation, Public Relations Manager at Arkell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, Kate-a-ru, we are so glad to hear that you enjoy visiting. Keep spreading the word!

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

The museum is small and has some good pieces. It was a very pleasant viewing experience. There is an exhibit on the history of the Beech-Nut factory, which I found interesting.

Thank medusagirl
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CuratorofEducation, Public Relations Manager at Arkell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you so much for your review; we're glad that you found the Beech-Nut exhibit especially interesting, and really appreciate your taking the time to write. We would love to know what we can do to make it a 5/5 for your next visit. Please feel free to email me!

Best,
Jenna Peterson Riley
Curator of Education & Public Engagement
jriley@arkellmuseum.org

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Reviewed 15 May 2017

For those who love museums and like to see work from their permanent collection that you ordinarily might not see, you will enjoy this small museum located right off the NY Turnpike in Upstate New York. The owner of Beech Nut company started collecting and created this museum. The highlight of the collection is paintings by Winslow Homer, but there are some wonderful pieces by Albert Bierstadt, John Singer Sargent and Prendergast and more. Only one gallery of permanent collection that changes, one gallery that just touches a bit on the Beech Nut Company and Arkell family. Two other galleries have temporary exhibits. Wonderful sculpture in the garden. If you are driving by on NY Thruway, it is a delightful stop.

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CuratorofEducation, Guest Relations Manager at Arkell Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your review, Mary Jo M! We hope you come back and see us again soon. Starting in September we will have an exhibit of the "Masterworks" of our collection out on display in our changing galleries, including the rarely exhibited Winslow Homer watercolors. We hope you will stop back in to see them!

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