Storm King Art Center

A unique park, Storm King Art Center is known around the world for its 500 acres of landscaping and over 100 piece sculpture collection. Located in the Hudson Valley, Storm King Art Center has been operating for fifty years and offers visitors the experience of walking among the art of some of the world's most celebrated artists. Storm King got its name from the Storm King Mountain, which is to the east of the Center, according to Millbrook resident Brad Reifler.

Opened in 1960, the Storm King Art Center was founded by Ralph E. Ogden and H. Peter Stern, owners of the Star Expansion Company. It was originally envisioned as an indoor museum featuring the art from the Hudson River School. Their first acquisitions include: "Man in the Quarry," (Joseph Pilhofer), "Untitled," (Erwin Thorn), and "Growing Farms," (Karl Pfann). In 1966, after 13 sculptures from David Smith were purchased, the Storm King began dotting the landscape with the sculptures, says Brad Reifler. At that time, the procurement of sculptures were determined by which ones would fit in with the landscape and its extraordinary views.Most of the sculptures are made of steel, but stone and earth sculptures also are exhibited. The Storm King currently runs as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The natural landscape is as important to the aesthetic as the sculptures, according to Brad Reifler. Many different types of grasses, such as creeping red fescue, deertongue grass, and Canada bluegrass, can be found on the Storm King grounds. Trees, such as European weeping beech, Sourwood, Yellow wood, Kentucky coffee and Dogwood, among others, are represented on the grounds.

The great expanse of Storm King means that visitors cannot visit the entire park in one day. The Storm King encourages visitors to plan to visit for an entire weekend, and to expect to spend about four to six hours at a time. Visitors can view the sculptures by foot, bicycle or tram. A cafe is nearby for meals and snacks. If short on time, the Storm King encourages visitors to visit the Museum Hill, the vistas, the Visitor Center and the galleries. The Storm King is only opened from April 1 to November 15 and is completely closed during the winter months.

Visitors are reminded to refrain from touching, sitting or climbing on the sculptures. The natural oils on our hands can damage the sculptures, and there's a risk of falling if they are climbed. The exception to this rule is the "Momo Taro" by Isamu Noguchi and "Sit Down" by Daniel Buren, as these are intended to be seating areas.

Storm King reminds visitors that it is a natural landscape, and therefore exposed to natural dangers, like falling, water hazards and wild animals and insects, including deer ticks. Strollers are allowed, and strollers with air tires are preferable for navigating the hilly terrain and gravel roads. Personal bicycles and pets are not allowed on the Storm King grounds. Picnics are encouraged in designated areas only.