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Happy Summer and welcome to This Month in NYS Museums,

With our newsletter re-design and the launch of the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition in our state, this issue gives MANY tons of water to celebrate. My father’s mother lived across the street from the New York Aquarium. From her terrace, I watched the Beluga Whale swim around and around and around in its tank. The Aquarium has changed a lot in the past 50 years, but perhaps no more so than with its most recent renovation. The article Shark Appeal showcases their newest exhibitions that have increased the number of visitors and Instagram followers. The new exhibitions are a great reason to hop the F train to Coney Island this summer for a visit to the aquarium, the board walk, and the beach. For more great ideas about New York’s Water, check out the article on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Area’s new impact grants which double the amount of funding available for partnerships and interpretive programs that bring people to the Canal and out on the water. For our first video article, Megan Eves attended the opening of the exhibition Through Our Eyes at the Hudson River Museum and interviewed Kress fellow and curator Christian Stegall. I think you’ll enjoy it. For more things to do in New York’s museums this summer check out the I Love NY app and you may see me along the water somewhere.

Thank you for your continuing support!

Erika Sanger, Executive Director



Erie Canalway Impact Grants Expand

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Map

Starting this September, more grants will be available through the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. READ MORE


The Making of a Community Led Exhibition

Swimming Pool at Tibbetts Brook Park, 1991. Photograph by Kathy Gardner. Courtesy of Westchester County Historical Society.

MANY traveled to the Hudson River Museum to capture the opening night of Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers. WATCH VIDEO


Shark Appeal, Conservation Commitment atOcean Wonders: Sharks! Exhibition

No need to hold your breath for this sea dive. The Coral Reef Tunnel lets you explore a colorful reef, while blacktip reef sharks, fish, and zebra sharks swim around you. Photograph courtesy New York Aquarium.

When you think of sharks you might not think of them swimming in New York’s ocean waters. But at the new $158 million, 57,000+ square foot home of the New York Aquarium on Coney Island built for Ocean Wonders: Sharks!  visitors can see the diverse and surprising marine wildlife that exists right off New York’s shores. READ MORE


Launching Water/Ways in New York

Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, NY

The Museum Association of New York is so very proud to announce that this week we are helping the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse install Water/Ways, the first Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition in New York State. READMORE

Member News

2019 Humanities NY Cultural Field Survey

Please take a moment and help our friends at Humanities New York! As funders of the museum community, and the broader cultural field, they aim to be responsive to the needs of humanities presenters all across the state. They'd like to know how things are changing, growing, and improving for your organization, and what challenges do you face? Please take a moment to answer this brief survey; your answers to the third annual HNY Cultural Field Survey will inform future offerings from Humanities New York and Two lucky respondents will win $100!

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Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum

There’s never been a more important time to engage with the elected officials and stakeholders that represent your museum. LEARN MORE

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Museum Corner

Small Museums Awarded Over $1.1 Million in Federal Grants

>Katonah Museum of Art

>The Whaling Museum & Education Center

>Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Preservation Long Island

The Black Rock Historical Society Receives their Absolute Charter

Kids Out and About names the Strong Museum of Play, Seneca Park Zoo, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center among top places to take your children in Rochester


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Listening to

Episode 3: She Galvanized a Movement

The Tenement Museum's "How to Be American Podcast 


Livestream Tifft Nature Preserve Osprey Cam

Buffalo Museum of Science


Chemung County

Historical Society Blog


What are you listening to, watching, and reading in the museum sphere?

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in the News

Push to Preserve Sag Harbor's Historic African American District

A Tibetan Collection Fights a Battle that Small Museums Often Face

New Sing Sing Prison Museum to Unlock the Past

Dia Diversifies, While Staying True to Its Roots

Nominations Open for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum's Katherine Coffey Award

In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time

American Museum of Natural History Launches #383M Expansion 

Study of Thomas Cole Site in Catskill Shows Economic Boost

>Public Art Project Launch Looks to Transform Troy

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Water/Ways Opening

Erie Canal Museum

The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Water/WaysExhibition starts at the Erie Canal Museum

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Grant Opportunities


National Endowment forthe Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program 

Erie Canalway Impact Grant


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> July 10 Water/Ways opening reception at the Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY

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