Located along the Mohawk River, Utica is a city of approximately 60,000 residents in Oneida County, NY. Originally settled in 1758 as Old Fort Schuyler, it is now the county seat. The name Utica comes from an African city.
Interesting Facts: Utica holds the Guinness World Record for "Biggest Doughnut," achieved in 1993 when a local radio station and local bakeries prepared a 1.5-ton jelly doughnut. It has also appeared in the movies, as the setting for "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939) and the filming location for "Slap Shot" (1977). Actress Annette Funicello is/was a well-known Utica resident.
Historic routes: Erie Canal
Historic sites and museums: Children's Museum & Twirlers Hall of Fame, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, at 311 Main Street, Utica, is a hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts, and space science.
The Museum also has an outdoor display of real trains including an Adirondack Railroad Engine, a Dining Car, a Caboose and a Steam Engine, Old 6721, which was recently acquired by the National Railway Historic Society and is on display at a nearby track in the Union Station Yard at the Rear of the Museum.
Normal Museum Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 10:30am - 4:00pm Sunday, closed (train outside is open)
Summer Museum Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 3:30pm Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Winter Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00am - 3:30pm Saturday, 10:30am - 4:00pm Wednesday and Sunday, closed (train outside is open from 12pm to 3pm).
Sunday, closed (train outside is open). Check our Calendar for our holiday schedule, days we may be closed for renovations, and special events.
Admission: $4.00 per person Children under 12 months (1 year of age) Free Members free (during special event programs, Members get a reduced rate)
Group Rates: $3.50 per person for groups of 10 or more for a visit $4.50 per person for groups of 10 or more for visit & program
Contact Info: Marlene B. Brown, Executive Director The Children's Museum 311 Main Street Utica, NY 13511 Tel: 315-724-6129 Email: Director: [email protected]
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art
The Museum of Art offers 20 galleries featuring selections from the permanent collection and exhibitions of works from major collections worldwide. Find out about the more than 25,000 American and European 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century paintings and 19th-century decorative arts shown in the Philip Johnson-designed museum and Fountain Elms, a refurbished 1850s mansion and original home of MWPAI's founders.
In 1962 Architectural Forum magazine cited the Johnson building as one of 10 new structures around the world that contributed significantly to the art of architecture during the decade. The Johnson building and Fountain Elms are connected by a new Museum Education Wing that opened in 1995.
The art collection features more than 25,000 American 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century paintings, drawings, sculptures, 19th-century decorative arts, photographs, European paintings, and European and Asian works on paper. There are works in the collection by Copley, Dali, Frankenthaler, Kandinsky, Mondrian, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Prendergast, Rothenberg, Stella and Whistler. Also featured is the popular "Voyage of Life" series by Thomas Cole. Decorative arts makers included are John Henry Belter, Herter Brothers, Alexander Roux and Tiffany & Co. Touring exhibitions feature selections from major collections worldwide.
Fountain Elms has been restored as a showcase for the finest in Victorian-era decorative arts. Galleries offer changing exhibitions of nineteenth-century furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, and the renowned Proctor watch collection.
Phone: (315) 797-0000
Fax: (315) 797-5608
Mail: MWPAI Museum of Art 310 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13502
Oneida County Historical Society Museum
Founded in 1876, The Oneida County Historical Society collects and commemorates the history of Central New York in general and County of Oneida in particular. From the Battlefield at Oriskany to the Boilermaker Road Race of today; the Native Americans who first called this land home to the later inhabitants who shaped local and national destinies, Oneida County has a remarkable history - filled with important events and fascinating figures. We continue to make history every day. The Oneida County Historical Society offers a museum, historical and genealogical reference library, programs and book/gift shop in Utica's landmark former Christian Science Church. Membership is one of the most rewarding ways you and your family can experience the excitement of Oneida County's past, present and future. We invite you to join us in this adventure.
Accessibility Thanks to the generous support of Oneida County Executive Ralph Eannace, the Oneida County Legislators, Assemblywoman RoAnn DeStito, and many individual donors, Your History Place is now accessible to the physically challenged.
Critical Research Your History Place conducts critical research on a wide variety of topics for family history researchers, students, teachers, businesses, government, authors, and others. The Society is part of the Mid-York Library System and has free high-speed Internet connections available.
Growing Collections The Society cares for over 250,000 documents and books, tens of thousands of images (photographs, paintings, slides, drawings, etc.) and thousands of artifacts. Many are rare collection items that provide invaluable information for researchers. Sources include: Manuscripts, bibles, family histories, newspaper clippings, Photographs, and city directories from 1817 - 1989.
Teacher workshops Your History Place conducts teacher workshops on a variety of topics and our new Walking Tour to help area teachers educate students about our rich local history. Our primary source document teaching materials have been adopted throughout New York and in other states.
Book and Gift Shoppe Your History Place publishes many significant books, occasional papers, photographic collections, and its regular newsletter for members, the Oniota. The Book & Gift Shoppe offers the region's most complete stock of New York State books.
Hours of Operation Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission $5.00 to use the library for non-members.
Location 1608 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13502
Contact (315) 735-3642
Utica, New York
The Stanley opened September 10, 1928 and has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since.
Thomas Lamb, a prolific theater architect, designed this 2,945 seat movie palace for the Mastbaum chain of theaters. The theater was named for Stanley, one of the Mastbaum brothers.
The design of the theater is dubbed "Mexican baroque" because of its unique blend of styles. The terra cotta and tiled mosaic exterior shows the Mexican influence, while Hapsburg Lions, Indian faces, and a multitude of angels and putti (cherubs) grace the lavish baroque "gold-leaf" interior of the theater. The Moorish influence is apparent in the star-splashed ceiling and the twisted columns on each side of the stage. There is even an art-deco look to some of the drapery treatments in the organ boxes.
The Central New York Community Arts Council, Inc. purchased the Stanley in 1974. Over $5.5 million has been spent to date on its brilliant restoration.
Since its purchase, CNYCAC has upgraded all mechanical, electrical, and safety systems and is continuing to provide technical improvements to accommodate the many touring shows and artists that appear at the Stanley.
The seats have been restored and most of the interior has been refinished to its original condition. New carpeting has been installed that replicates the original pattern.
There are four major local presenters that use the Stanley: the Broadway Theatre League, which brings in touring Broadway shows; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Great Artists Series which features the best in opera, recital artists, and dance companies; the Utica Symphony Orchestra; and the Mohawk Valley Ballet.
Recent events at the Stanley include The Indigo Girls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Itzhak Perlman, The Canadian Brass, Judy Collins, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, The Spirit of the Dance, B.B. King, Trey Anastasio, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jerry Seinfeld.
The elegant Stanley lobbies are the site for many receptions and meetings throughout the year. It has also become a local tradition for wedding parties to have their photographs taken on the grand staircases in the lobby. (Legend has it that one staircase was designed to resemble the grand staircase on the Titanic ocean liner).
Every ticket sold to a Stanley event includes $2 to help pay for the continued restoration of this magnificent showplace. Major funding has also come from the Natural Heritage Trust of the State of New York, the County of Oneida, the City of Utica and many private sources.
For event tickets, a tour, or information, call the Stanley ticket office at 724-4000.
The Central New York Community Arts Council, Inc. is a major arts service organization that serves Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties. One of its many programs is the Arts in Education Institute, which brings arts experiences to schoolchildren of all ages. For more information on CNYCAC programs, call 724-1113.
Please visit www.cnyarts.com for further information.
The Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Utica Marsh is a unique urban wetland situated partly on the edge of the City of Utica, partly in the Town of Marcy, sandwiched between the Mohawk River on the south and the New York State Barge Canal on the north. The mixture of cattail wetlands, wet meadows, open water pools and flooded willows create a diverse marsh habitat that harbors a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds.
In the late 1970's, the City of Utica awarded DEC 50 acres of river floodplain with the condition that the state begin buying additional land here and managing this wetland area. Now the WMA 213 totals acres, has 2 observation towers, one handicapped accessible viewing platform, several trails complete with boardwalks over the wet areas, water control dikes, parking areas, a pavilion and car top boat launch site on the Mohawk River. A large parking lot and boat ramp are located on the Barge Canal just off the north west corner of the WMA and a bike trail passes along the marsh and barge canal on the north.
One important partner of Utica Marsh is the Utica Marsh Council, Inc. The volunteer members organize the marsh cleanup, the first Saturday in May, a major outreach event to City residents, to involve them in caring for the marsh. The Council is a big promoter of the Utica Marsh as an educational field laboratory and through their efforts, school and college classes from throughout the Mohawk Valley visit the marsh to learn about wetland ecology. Visit their web site to learn more about the marsh.
Other important friends and partners of the Utica Marsh are Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Audubon New York, Department of Transportation, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Utica. These partners and more met recently to kick of an effort to enhance the educational features of Utica Marsh that would include more of the eastern reaches of the WMA that are little used and include an Audubon New York educational center.
Get to Utica Marsh WMA by turning north off Route 5A (Oriskany Blvd.) onto Barnes Ave. There is a parking area at the end of Barnes Ave, down a little hill to the right, or the pavilion location is down a right-of-way lane to the right called Doucharm Road.
The Utica Symphony Orchestra
The Utica Symphony Orchestra, as one of only a small number of professional symphonies serving Central New York, provides high quality symphonic music that is accessible to all residents of our region; and actively contributes to the economic, social and educational development of the Mohawk Valley through performance and outreach activities.Programs are funded, in part, by the County of Oneida, Natural Heritage Trust and the New York Council on the Arts. The Utica Symphony Orchestra is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Arts Coalition of the Cultural Corridor, the Arts Summit, and the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce.
UTICA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 505 Henry Street Utica, NY 13502 Administrative Offices: (315) 732-5146 Fax: (315) 732-5147 [email protected]
For more information please visit http://www.uticasymphony.org
Utica has a wide variety of bars, with many of the most popular being in the Varick St area of downtown. Although popular with residents year round, expect the bars around Varick St to be particuarly crowded during Saranac thursdays.
Varick St Bars:
Hancock Airport (Syracuse) - the small regional airport in Utica is no longer in operation, however Oneida County airport (Oriskany) is still in use by charters and private avation, in addition to the airport in Rome, which has over a 10000 foot runway (at the former Griffis air base).
Amtrak out of Union Station, an historic train station in downtown Utica.
Utica is easily accessed from the New York State Thruway.