Art spots to hang out in and enjoy the last days of summer

It’s already August and while the sun is still high in the sky, cooler temps are coming soon. It’s time to pack in the festivals, concerts and art excursions to make the most of the sunny days we have left. So, on the travel team here at WGSN, we rounded up some cool stateside spots where you can enjoy 15 inspiring galleries and museums in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond… for a healthy dose of fresh air, sunshine and your seasonal culture fix.


Pollock-Krasner House

830 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY

1 631 324 4929

Offering a glimpse into the lives of Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner, this farmhouse was the artists’ home and commemorates their retrospective careers. Inspect the floor of Pollock’s studio and you’ll notice splashes of paint; evidence of his renowned drip method.

Storm King Art Center


1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY

1 845 534 3115

Comprising a landscape of hills, fields and woodlands in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this sculpture park showcases an open-air collection of more than 100 pieces of art. Roam the scenic 500 acres just an hour away from New York City.

Dia: Beacon


3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY
1 845 440 0100

Housing Dia’s collection of modern art from the 1960s to today, this spacious building on the banks of the Hudson is a former printing box factory, which gives the experience a rather industrial feel. Plus for New Yorkers, it’s only an hour and a half from Manhattan on the Metro North train.

Katonah Museum of Art


134 Jay Street – Route 22
Katonah, NY

1 914 232 9555

Presenting art from all cultures, both past and present, the KMA hosts four annual exhibitions in its intimate space. Just 44 miles north of Manhattan, don’t miss the upcoming film showings, lectures, concerts and creative workshops.

Parrish Art Museum


279 Montauk Highway,
Water Mill, NY

1 631 283 2118

This dramatic building is nestled in the Hamptons, making it the ideal location for a mid-summer art fix. Seek refuge from the city heat in the nature-inspired exhibitions before hopping back on the jitney.

Rockaway! Moma PS1


Fort Tilden, 169 State Road
Queens, NY

1 718 784 2084

After the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Fort Tilden was deemed structurally unsound and is due to be demolished later this year. Thankfully, Berlin artist Katharina Grosse has claimed the building as her muse for a final celebration, transforming the ruin into an explosion of colour. This one-off installation runs until November 30th.

The Dan Flavin Art Institute


Corwith Avenue
Bridgehampton, NY

1 631 537 1476

The inconspicuous building, located on a suburban Bridgehampton street, was built as a firehouse in 1908 and has since functioned as a church. It now houses the sensational permanent works of Dan Flavin, whose use of colour and structure involves striking fluorescent lights.

BOFFO Art Camp

BOFFO Art Camp

533 Sail Walk
Fire Island Pines, NY

BOFFO is a non-profit experimental art organisation that has migrated to the beaches of Fire Island for the summer. BOFFO Art Camp takes place until September 18th and features unique events including sunset concerts and craft lessons to positively engage the island’s community.



133 Hands Creek Road
East Hampton, NY

1 631 329 3568

LongHouse is a living case study of the interaction between people and plants, making its East Hampton gardens a vivid experience for visitors who can wander the 16 acres, searching for pieces by Buckminster Fuller and Yoko Ono.


Grounds for Sculpture


80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ

1 609 586 0616

Claiming to offer a surprise around every corner, this beautifully landscaped contemporary sculpture park in central New Jersey prides itself on showcasing the works of emerging and established artists.

Mana Contemporary


888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ

1 201 604 2702

This former tobacco warehouse in Jersey City is home to one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the USA. The Mana Contemporary is a collaborative community of artists and is so vast that its visitors are escorted by a guide around the industrial buildings. Keep in mind there will be no visitor tours from 15th August until 24th September.

Philip Johnson Glass House


199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT

1 203 594 9884

Architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built in 1949, is just one of fourteen structures that can be found on the site’s 49 acres. See Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden installation until November, alongside the permanent collection of 20th-century art and sculpture.

The Aldrich


26 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT

1 203 438 4519

The Aldrich, founded by avid art collector and philanthropist Larry Aldrich, is the only museum in Connecticut dedicated to contemporary art. Always full of surprises, visit this summer and discover a John Deere combine harvester within the gardens.


Mass Moca


1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

1 413 662 2111

MASS MoCA prides itself on embracing all forms of art, from music and contemporary dance to film, photography and avant-garde theatre. Unlike its Manhattan and Boston counterparts, this museum also has the space required to exhibit immersive, large-scale installations.

Be sure to check gallery and museum hours as they may vary.

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