I have always loved visiting museums. Whether they focus on history or science or art (or some combination of all three), it’s always been one of my favorite ways to treat myself.
My latest visit took me to the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse.
The Everson’s space on Harrison Street first opened in 1968. It is “a museum of firsts,” said Kristin Sheehan, director of communications. “They were the first museum ever designed by [internationally-acclaimed architect] I.M. Pei. They were the first to create a docent program. The first to start collecting American art.”
Today, the Everson houses more than 10,000 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and videos, as well as what Sheehan calls “one of the largest holdings of ceramic art in the country.” Admission is $8 for adults, but keep in mind, the museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week. There is a free parking lot next to the Everson – or you can park at a discounted rate in the Oncenter’s garage.
Sheehan said there are endless benefits to visiting an art museum.
“I think it is an opportunity to identify with people who have a different point of view than you do,” she said. “A lot of these artists take you to a different world with their work. I think it’s also a really nice mental health break to walk through a quiet, serene museum that gives you a second to breath and zone out while looking at something beautiful. It can be as simple as that.”
This was our first visit to the Everson. When we arrived, we picked up a map and a sheet with information about the museum’s current exhibitions (my favorite was Mutual Affection: The Victoria Schonfeld Collection. It is on display until the end of January), then explored the pieces of art spread around the upper, lower, and main levels. It was a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The museum has several community classes and events scheduled for November and December: Pottery and Pour (Nov. 11); An Evening at the Everson (Nov. 18); Open Figure Drawing (Nov. 18); and the Festival of Trees and Light (Dec. 4-19). For more information, visit everson.org/events.
If You Go
Everson Museum of Art
Where: 401 Harrison St., Syracuse.
When: Sunday, Thursday, and Friday from noon-5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $8/adults; $6/seniors and students.
More information: (315) 474-6064. everson.org.