ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (March. 1, 2022) – For winter days when indoors is the place to be, visit Orange County, N.Y., museums to explore an eclectic array of subjects, including the Revolutionary War, harness racing and classic motorcycles.
“Our museums in Orange County, N.Y., are fascinating and educational on any day!” said Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism & Film. “But cold winter days are perfect for taking your time perusing the displays of history and more. Better yet, come for a weekend, and visit several while staying at one of our beautiful B&B’s. It will be an experience you’ll long remember.”
Here are some of the museums (Please contact each location directly for full COVID-19 regulations and operating hours. Please practice safe social distancing):
Pine Bush UFO and Paranormal Museum
Experience the mysterious, the strange and the unexplained with a tour of the history of the UFO visits and paranormal of Pine Bush and the Hudson Valley. Why is the area host to so many sightings? Does Sasquatch roam the museum grounds? Explore these questions and more.
Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Immerse yourself in the history of harness racing with the museum’s historic collection of more than 1,700 works of fine art; 6,000 pieces of ephemera (tickets, programs, scrapbooks, etc.); nearly 20,000 photographs; 400 jackets, caps and helmets; 75 “sulkies” (lightweight carts), 74 items of harness; and of course, plenty of trophies.
The museum’s more than 600 motorcycles include the world’s largest Indian motorcycle collection plus many choppers and bikes from movies, TV shows and Hollywood superstars! “Chopper City” features choppers and custom motorcycles from the 1960s and 1970s.
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
This unique museum honors recipients of the Purple Heart, which is given to members of the military who are killed or wounded in combat. Highlights include interactive displays where you can follow individual recipients’ stories from when they entered the military, to their injury, treatment and recovery, or ultimate sacrifice. You can also look up a Purple Heart recipient in the museum’s ever-growing database.
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site
Visit the nation’s first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that Gen. George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic, including rejecting the idea of an American monarchy and preventing potential military control of the government. Explore the Museum, which houses the award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection. The exhibit features over 1,300 objects.
West Point Museum
The nation’s oldest federal museum displays historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. Learn about the garrisoning of West Point during the Revolutionary War.
About Orange County Tourism & Film
Orange County Tourism & Film, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at https://orangetourism.org/travel-guide/.
Sleep in an architecturally significant B&B, or book a room at a nationally known hotel. Casual travelers as well as visitors looking for luxury will find a wide range of properties to consider. There are lodging options for everyone – Try our user-friendly lodging search below and come stay with us in Orange County, NY.