Plan your visit
Q: How long does it take to see Storm King, and how should I plan my visit?
A: It’s almost impossible to see everything in one visit, so plan to explore different areas by foot, bicycle or tram, enjoy a snack or meal at the Cafe, participate in a tour or weekend event, and make a return visit to see more. We advise that you dedicate at least two hours to see a portion of the Art Center property. Generally, visits last 4 to 6 hours.
Q: We only have a short amount of time. What should we see?
A: We suggest making your way to Museum Hill to see the sculpture on the hill, the vistas, the Visitor Center and the galleries.
Q: When are you open to the public?
A: April through November.
Q: When Storm King is closed for the winter can we still walk the ground?
A: No, the Art Center is completely closed to the public from December 2 to March 31. However, if you sign up for membership you will receive an invitation to one of our winter walks.
Q: Why can’t we touch the sculpture?
A: We understand that these works fascinate visitors and our natural instinct is to touch the pieces and connect with them. However, even though the sculptures are outdoors and subject to the elements, most people do not realize that even the natural oils in our hands can do irreparable damage to the surfaces of the works. Part of our mission is to preserve the sculptures for future generations and we request your cooperation.
Q: Can I sit or climb on the sculptures?
A: Generally, Storm King does not permit visitors to sit or climb on the sculptures as this can damage them and lead to injury. Momo Taro by Isamu Noguchi and Sit Down, a series of benches by Daniel Buren are intended to be sat upon. Gazebo for Two Anarchists by Siah Armajani is a sculpture you may enter, walk across the foot-bridge connecting the two seats.
Q: May I take photos?
A: Amateur photographers may take still photos (outdoors and in the galleries) for personal use only. No commercial use or publication of any images of or relating to Storm King is allowed without prior written approval.
Q: May I film using drones?
A: Visitors are not permitted to use drones or any aerial vehicles at Storm King or over Storm King’s air space.
Q: Are there natural hazards at Storm King?
A: Yes. Much of Storm King is open to the elements, is wooded, has running or sitting water, and is home to wild animals, reptiles and insects. While Storm King’s staff engages in maintenance and landscape management, visitors must be aware of the natural surroundings including fallen and falling limbs, insects, reptiles, wild animals, mud, water hazards, steep slopes, and loose and uneven surfaces.
Q: Where do we get first aid? bee stings, falls, etc.?
A: Contact a safety officer, tram driver, guide or Visitor Center staff member. Staff should then contact the Head of Safety.
Q: Are there ticks?
A: Deer ticks are common here in Orange County and throughout the northeast US. There is a handout on Lyme disease available in the Visitor Center. There is also bug spray available for purchase.
Facilities / amenities
Q: Are there changing tables in the restrooms?
A: Yes. Changing tables are available in the main restrooms on Museum Hill.
Q: Are strollers allowed?
A: Storm King is a wonderful place to bring children of all ages. Strollers are allowed and most strollers are suitable for the gravel roads around the property. Due to the varied, sometimes hilly, terrain, heavy duty strollers are encouraged.
Q: Do you have a lost and found?
A: Yes. The lost and found is located in the Visitor Center. Please see one of the staff members there or a safety officer. If you have already left the Art Center, please contact us.
Q: Can I play sports or use recreational items at Storm King?
A: Bike riding, kites, Frisbees®, ball playing and other recreational items are not permitted and should be left in their car.
Q: Can I jog on the grounds at Storm King?
A: Storm King is an outdoor Art Center. Jogging is not allowed.
Q: Can I bring my own bicycle to Storm King?
A: Storm King has expanded the number of rental bicycles available. Storm King doesn’t allow the use of personal bicycles because of liability and congestion on pathways.
Q: Can I bring my pet to Storm King?
A: Visitors are not allowed to bring pets to Storm King.
Q: Do you sell sunscreen, insect repellent, batteries, and disposable cameras?
A: Insect repellent are available for purchase in the Visitor Center.
Q: Do you have audio tours? How do they work?
A: Acoustiguides© are available for rent in the Visitor Center for $5 ($4 for Members). They are small handheld units that you plug headphones into. Up to 2 sets of headphones can be plugged into each unit. We recommend the audio tour only for walking. It is not easily used on the trams. The Acoustiguides© do not include the special exhibition inside the galleries or the sculptures on loan. The total length of the recording is approximately 2 hours, but you select what recordings you would like to listen to by entering the number located next to the headphone symbol on your map.
Q: Are the trams free?
A: Yes, however, in the case of crowding, priority will be given to visitors with restricted mobility.
Q: How do I get on a tram?
A: Tram tours originate at the foot of the elevator and can be picked up at any of the ten designated tram stops.
Q: How often do they run? If I get off at a stop, when will the next tram come?
A: Trams run continuously throughout the day starting at 11am and ending about 90 minutes before the grounds close. On weekdays trams leave every hour on the hour. On weekends, trams run every 20 or 30 minutes.
Q: Can I take my stroller on the tram?
A: The tram can accommodate compact collapsible strollers when stored in the luggage compartment.
Q: Can I take my wheelchair or walker on the tram?
A: Yes, trams are fully handicapped accessible. The front unit or car is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs. If ramp is needed, please see a safety officer or tram driver.
Food and dining
Q: When is the Café open?
A: Storm King Café is open daily from 11am to one hour before closing.
Q: Where can I picnic?
A: Picnics are only permitted in the designated areas located adjacent to the North and South parking areas. Tables, trash and recycling cans are located in both the North and South picnic areas. The Storm King Café is located in the North picnic area. Blankets may be spread on the lawn in both picnic areas as long as they are set up away from the sculptures. The picnic areas are a leisurely 10-15 minute walk from the Visitor Center or East parking with much to see and enjoy along the way.
Q: Where can I get water?
A: Water fountains are located at the south entrance to the Visitor Center and on patio behind the museum building, and in the North parking area. Boxed water is available in the Visitor Center and at Storm King Cafe located in the pavilion.
Q: Where can I purchase food?
A: Storm King Café is located in the pavilion adjacent to north parking in the picnic area sells sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, beverages, and coffee. Open from 11am to 4:30pm daily. A sample menu is available in the Visitor Center.
Q: Is children’s food available at the Café?
A: Yes, Storm King Café offers a selection of food appealing to younger visitors as well as a children’s bagged-lunch menu. Boxed lunches can only be ordered by groups of more than 15 people. Please see our Groups Page for more information.
Q: Can I have my wedding at Storm King?
A: For information on hosting a private event or wedding at Storm King, please click here.
Q: How do I know what events or tours are happening?
A: Most events and tours are listed on our Events Page. Information on tours and events are also available on our This Week at Storm King flyers posted in our kiosks at tram stops and in the Visitor Center.
Q: Where is the Visitor Center?
A: The Visitor Center is located in the main museum building at the top of the hill.
Q: Where is the pavilion?
A: The pavilion is located adjacent to the North Parking area. This is where most music performances and family programs with workshops are held, as well as where Storm King Café is located.
Q: How do I become a member?
A: Storm King’s Individual and Corporate Members are very important to sustaining and developing the art and landscape of the Art Center. You may sign up for membership at the Visitor Center or join online by visiting our Membership Page.
Q: Can I rent space for a private event?
A: For information on hosting a private event, please click here.
General Storm King Questions
Q: Who owns the Art Center?
A: No one. The museum is a public non-profit 501(c)3 museum chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is governed by a board of trustees.
Q: How many people are on staff?
A: Approximately 40 during the open season.
Q: What is a docent?
A: A docent is a volunteer guide who assists visitors during tours to interpret the art and landscape.
Q: Who started the Art Center?
A: Two business partners from the area, Ralph E. (Ted) Ogden and H. Peter Stern, started the Art Center in 1960. H. Peter Stern is still involved and is the chairman of the board of trustees. Mr. Ogden passed away in 1974. The founders owned Star Expansion, a company which was a manufacturer of hardware devices, such as nuts, bolts and equipment like nail guns.
Q: What were their first acquisitions?
A: The work of several Austrian sculptors including: Joseph Pilhofer’s Man in the Quarry, Erwin Thorn’s Untitled, Karl Pfann’s Growing Forms, the 13 David Smith sculptures that still remain in the permanent collection were acquired in 1967 by the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Inc.
Q: How are sculptures acquired?
A: The acquisition committee of the board of trustees approves of all purchases and gifts added to the collection.
Q: Who makes decisions to acquire certain sculptures or which artists to feature?
A: David R. Collens, Director and Curator; John P. Stern, President, and the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees make decisions on acquisitions.
Q: How is Storm King funded?
A: Our support is from a broad base of people and foundations nationally. In addition to major support from the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Inc., the Art Center receives support from a number of sources including: an investment fund, foundation and government grants, individual contributions, memberships, corporate support, admissions, Visitor Center sales, fundraising events, the Board of Trustees, and the Storm King Council.
Q: Where does the name Storm King come from?
A: Our namesake is Storm King Mountain, which overlooks the Hudson River in Cornwall, several miles to the east.
Q: What kind of wildlife is on the grounds?
A: Deer, groundhogs, red fox, coyote, turkey, red-tail hawks, turtles in the ponds, and Canadian geese.
Q: How many miles is the Art Center?
A: Storm King is approximately a 1.5 miles North to South, or “long,” by 0.75 miles East to West, or “wide.”
Q: How many acres are there and was it always this big?
A: The current 500 acres grew from an original 30 acres in 1960.
Q: What are the mountains that are visible from the Art Center?
A: Schunnemunk Mountain and Storm King Mountain
Q: Is the landscape natural or designed by a landscape architect?
A: Landscape architect William Rutherford Sr. had a forty year long association with the Art Center in developing this landscape. He passed away in 2006.
Q: What grasses are planted?
A: It depends on locations, some types are: creeping red fescue, deertongue grass, Canada bluegrass, sideoats gramma grass, partridge pea. (These are the varieties on the Wavefield) Switch grass – meadow by Calder’s Arch & Adonai
Q: What kinds of trees are there on the grounds?
A: Storm King has numerous trees on its grounds. Some of these include: European weeping beech (1 near restrooms); Sourwood (oxydendron) (1 at parking lot end of North Pathway to the Visitor’s Center); Yellow wood (2 at elevator tram stop); Kentucky coffee (3 along walkway from elevator to South Parking); Fern leaf beech (3 Margaret Johns’ memorial area); Dogwood, cherry, crabapple (many on slopes of museum area)
Q: Are the trees planted or naturally occurring?
A: Planting trees has long been a part of developing our landscape. Examples include the Maple Rooms, Maple Allee, over 200 pin oaks along the tram route, weeping willows, and other varieties of deciduous trees and evergreens. Some trees may be pruned and sculpted giving consideration to view and the sculptures.
Nearby activities & venues
Q: Can you suggest other local attractions, restaurants or hotels?
A: A list of some local attractions, restaurants and hotels is available in the Visitor’s Center. These include local farms, apple picking, vineyards, wineries, art museums, hiking trails, parks, points of interest and other art museums.
Q: Can you suggest a local taxi service to use for transportation?
A: The taxi companies in the area are:
All Family, 845-565-1616
Tony’s Taxi, 845-562-7444
Jessie’s Limo and Car Service (Beacon), 845-401-0227
Below are approximate fares from Storm King Art Center to the listed locations*:
The Town of Cornwall: rates start at $10
Salisbury Mills Train Station: rates start at $15
Stewart Airport: rates start at $17
Beacon Train Station: rates start at $22.50
*The rates above are provided by the taxi companies and are approximate. Storm King has no control over the rates charged by the companies and rates may change without warning. Visitors should confirm rates with the taxi company upon booking.
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