To ensure we can best serve all visitors, we kindly ask that you register for any visit you make to Art Omi, indoors or outdoors. One registration is required per vehicle group.
A suggested donation of $10 per person is encouraged for non-members, but we welcome all visitors regardless of donation.
Same-day registration is available online. If you have not pre-registered for your visit during weekend and holiday hours, we strongly recommend calling in advance to make sure there will be space.
Groups of 20 or more people, or any amount of people arriving in a bus or oversized vehicle, must register in advance of visit via a separate form, available here.
Closures and Updates
The Benenson Center, which houses the Newmark Gallery, the Visitors Services Desk, and restrooms closes periodically for staff development, Art Omi: Education Programming, inclement weather, or other events. The Sculpture & Architecture Park will always remain open daily from dawn until dusk for all 365 days a year. Please see our list of upcoming closures, which will also be notated on our registration page.
SATURDAY CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP AT THE NEWMARK GALLERY
On Saturdays from 10 AM–12 PM the Newmark Gallery hosts Art Omi: Education Children’s Workshops. Visitors are still welcome to enter the gallery and view the exhibition during these hours, but may prefer the quieter environment offered outside of these times.
GETTING TO ART OMI
Art Omi is located in a rural, residential neighborhood. We ask that our visitors respect the character of the area by observing all local speed limits, driving cautiously, and parking only in designated areas. We ask also that visitors respect all park boundaries and signage, and be respectful of the quiet our neighbors have come to enjoy.Get Directions
TERRAIN & ACCESSIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS
The Sculpture & Architecture Park is accessible on foot throughout all weather, all year long. If seeking to experience all of the artworks on view, one will traverse grassy fields, forested paths, hills, and footbridges. There are no paved walking paths, and occasionally the trails become muddy and sometimes even impassable. Ticks, poison ivy, mud, and other natural hazards may be present. Be prepared with sturdy footwear and appropriate attire to best enjoy your experience.
In the event of snow or other hazardous winter conditions, the Benenson Center will follow the closure schedule of the Chatham Central School District. The Sculpture & Architecture Park will remain open. If conditions allow, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted in the park with your own equipment. No rental equipment is available. Trails are not groomed.
The Benenson Visitors Center, Newmark Gallery, and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs. For visitors with mobility concerns, Art Omi offers loops in the Sculpture & Architecture Park accessible by golf cart. This free option is a roughly 45-minute drive via a 6-person golf cart, which can comfortably accommodate 4 visitors.
Pre-registration one week in advance is recommended by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (518)392-4747. If you arrive without registering in advance we will do our best to accommodate you, but may be limited by our resources available on the day. For more information, please email email@example.com.
VISITOR SPECIFIC FAQ
Do I have to register in advance?
Advance registration is strongly recommended, and may be quicker than registering on site depending on visitor numbers. If you arrive without pre-registering and the park has reached capacity, you will be turned away. Use the button at the top of the page to register! Visiting with a group? Follow the link below for more information. If you have not pre-registered for your visit, we strongly recommend calling in advance to make sure there is space.
Do I have to register if I’m only going to be outside?
We ask that you register for any visit you make to Art Omi, indoor or outdoor, during our Benenson Center open hours. Your registration assists us with organizational planning and development, allowing us to efficiently staff our facilities, allocate programming and physical resources, and understand visitor demographics. If you arrive without having pre-registered, you will be asked to register on site. If you arrive without having pre-registered at a time when the parking lot is full, you will be turned away.
What if registration is closed on the day I want to come?
Online registration for the following day closes at midnight on the day before. If you want to inquire about day-of availability, call the Benenson Center at 518-392-4747. You are also welcome to visit before 9:00 AM or after 5:00 PM, when registration is not required. (The grounds of the Sculpture & Architecture Park are open to the public from dawn until dusk every day.) If you have not pre-registered for your visit, we strongly recommend calling in advance to make sure there is space.
How long can I stay? Is my registration slot the length of my visit?
Your registration slot reserves a parking spot for an arrival to the Sculpture & Architecture Park during the time period specified. (For example, if you register for a 1 – 3 pm spot, you should arrive any time between 1 – 3 pm.) The length of your stay is entirely up to you.
How long should I plan to visit?
We recommend roughly 2 hours to visit all areas of the Sculpture & Architecture Park at a leisurely pace. There are many exhibitions tucked away in the woods to discover!
Where do I start? What order do I go in?
There is no wrong way or definite route when exploring Art Omi! The path system is circular, so one can go in either direction.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
Masks are recommended for all visitors in all indoor facilities at this time.
Are dogs allowed?
Art Omi is pleased to announce that dogs will be invited back into the Sculpture & Architecture Park as of April 22, 2023 through our new Dog Pass Program. Click “All About Dogs at Art Omi” for full details on seasonal leash regulations and how to register for a dog pass. Please note, dogs are only allowed at Art Omi through registration with the Dog Pass Program.
Is it okay to touch or climb on the artwork?
Please do not touch or climb artwork. This behavior damages the artworks, and can be dangerous to the person climbing. Some artworks are specifically designed with an element of interactivity. These are identified in yellow on the Park Map. Also, look for instructions on the work’s title marker. If it says “Please Do Not Touch Or Climb,” do not touch or climb!
Can I drive my vehicle in the Sculpture & Architecture Park?
No. We do not permit access by any type of motorized vehicle into or around park grounds. If you require mobility assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are available in the Benenson Center during opening hours. From April 1–October 31, the Benenson Center is open daily from 9 AM–5 PM. From November 1–March 31, the Benenson Center is open weekdays from 11 AM–4 PM and weekends from 9 AM–4 PM.
Is there a cafe? Can I bring food?
As of January 2023, Art Omi is collaborating with Our Daily Bread to offer a cafe on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM–4 PM inside the Benenson Center.
Visitors are also welcome to bring food and drink from outside sources and picnic outdoors. Filtered water is available free of charge at the Benenson Center. Please note, Art Omi is a carry-in / carry-out facility, and there are no trash receptacles in the park. We ask that you carry out all materials or waste that you generate when leaving the park.
Are there tours?
Tours must be arranged in advance. (We recommend contacting us at least two weeks before your visit.) Guided tours can be tailored to an age group, theme, or event. Please also see the following section on this page for information on Park Maps and Audio Guides!
I’d like to visit with a larger group, or host an event for my group at Art Omi. Is that allowed?
Please click here for information about our group visit policies. All groups of ten or more people, or any number of people arriving in a bus or oversized vehicle must register in advance of visit. Group visits will be accommodated as is possible with regards to Art Omi’s programming schedule. All programs, tours, performances, and events that happen at Art Omi are curated by our staff. Any group interested in hosting an event at Art Omi must receive prior written permission.
May I take photographs?
Photography is permitted for personal use only. Absolutely no commercial use or publication of any images of or relating to Art Omi is permitted without prior, written approval. Drones may not be flown at Art Omi without prior, written approval. To inquire about a commercial photography or film shoot, or other questions related to photography, please follow the link below.
Help! There are wasps near the parking lot!?
During certain times of year, Cicada Hawk Wasps reside near the parking lot. While large and visually similar to common stinging wasps, this is a solitary species which is not typically aggressive towards humans.
PARK MAPS & AUDIO GUIDES
A vast majority of visitors to Art Omi experience the Park through self-guided exploration. The below resources are designed to help visitors orient themselves, and learn about the exhibitions on view.
The Park Map indicates the location, title, and artist of all current exhibitions. Printed maps can be picked up at the Benenson Center.
The Explore Map (for kids & families) highlights sculptures and installations that permit interactivity, like touching and climbing. The Explore Map is designed especially for people visiting the park with children.
Title markers accompany all exhibitions in the Park, providing context about the artist and work. The numbers on the title markers correspond with the numbers on the Park and Explore Maps.
Audio Tours of the park are available through the app GeoTourist. Due to spotty cell reception in the park, we recommend installing the app near the Benenson Center (where a guest wi-fi network can be accessed).
STAFF — Visitor ServicesView all staff
Lillian Futch (she/her)
Visitor Services Associatelfutch@artomi.org
Albina Cook (she/her)
Visitor Services Associateacook@artomi.org
Ava Pina (she/her)
Visitor Services Associateapina@artomi.org
Ngwe Pyu (she/her)
Visitor Services Associatenpyu@artomi.org
James Scott (he/him)
Visitor Services and Development Associatejscott@artomi.org
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