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The Frances Lehman Loeb Center - Vassar College

(Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Year's Day;
also open late till 9 PM on Thursday for Late Nights at Lehman Loeb)

The experience

Located deep within the Hudson Valley, we encourage you to take a day trip to marvel at one of the finest, hidden art galleries in the nation at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. A 90 minute train ride on the Metro-North's Hudson line will ensure a safe and sound trip to the 36,000 square foot facility that is the Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center free of charge.  Yes, admission is free of charge!  The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 18,000. 

The range of works here varies from paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles and glass & ceramic wares.  Founder of Vassar College and the Arts Center Matthew Vassar declared art should stand, "boldly forth as an educational force." His college was the country’s first to be founded with a gallery and teaching collection.  With an exception for Mondays and Tuesdays, the Art Center is open to the public every day until 5 PM and for an extended time on Thursdays, closing at 9 PM. It’s recommended to take the Shopper’s Special loop bus upon arrival to Poughkeepsie which will guide individuals to the Art Center on Vassar College’s campus and back to the Poughkeepsie Station. Group visits are welcomed and reservations can be made. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Some special exhibitions include Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project (through Dec. 11, 2016); Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s (through Dec. 18, 2016); The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War (Jan. 27–Apr. 9, 2017); In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura (Apr. 21–Jul. 2, 2017); Other People's Pictures: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift (Jul. 14–Sept. 10, 2017).

For more information on special exhibitions, visit

Getting there

Take the Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie Station. Vassar College, located at 124 Raymond Avenue, is a short taxi ride (about 3 miles) from the train station.

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