Westchester’s Top Cultural Attractions & Historical Sites
A sampling of the County’s must-visit places.
Historic Sites & Memorials
Bedford Historical Society Museum
Complex of 18th‑ and 19th‑century buildings.
Gen. Putnam’s Revolutionary War headquarters.
1734 house, 1828 Quaker Meeting House.
1830s-era home of painter Jasper Cropsey.
Hastings Historical Society
Archives, artifacts, and photos of riverside village.
Historical Society, Inc.
of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
Rotating exhibits in Victorian house.
Horace Greeley House
Victorian home of 19th-century newspaper editor.
The Irvington History Center at the McVickar House
Rotating exhibits in 1853 house.
Jacob Purdy House
White Plains, 914-328-1776
Washington’s base during Battle of White Plains.
Jay Heritage Center
1838 Greek Revival house, 1907 carriage house.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
60‑room Federal‑style mansion, extensive grounds.
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
Sleepy Hollow, 914-631-8200
Summer home of the Rockefellers.
Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑366‑5109
1883 beacon warned of Hudson River shoals.
1838 Gothic Revival mansion home of railroad magnate Jay Gould.
Marble School/Eastchester Historical Society
One-room schoolhouse from 1835.
North Castle Historical Society Education Complex
Period antiques and furnishings in Historic Smith’s Tavern and other structures.
Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑631‑1123
17th‑century church and graveyard.
Sleepy Hollow, 914-631-8200 (914‑631-3992, weekends)
1720 stone manor and milling, farming and trading complex.
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Georgian mansion home of colonist Frederick Philipse III.
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Memorial for Sept. 11, 2001.
Mid‑18th-century tenant farmhouse housed physician practice.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow, 914‑631‑0081
Graves of Washington Irving, industrialists, and Revolutionary War soldiers.
1797 tavern was headquarters during the Revolutionary War.
Grave site for early settlers and veterans from Revolutionary War to WWII.
Square House Museum
1730 former inn housed Gens. Washington and Lafayette.
St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Mount Vernon, 914‑667‑4116
Restored Georgian vernacular church was Revolutionary War hospital.
Historic home of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson.
Irvington, 914-631-8200 (914‑591‑8763, weekends)
Washington Irving’s picturesque cottage and grounds.
Thomas Paine Cottage
New Rochelle, 914‑633‑1776
18th- and 19th-century life, 1836 one‑room schoolhouse.
Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Pocantico Hills, 914‑631‑8200 (914-332-6659, weekends)
10 stained glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.
Van Cortlandt Manor
Croton‑on‑Hudson, 914-631-8200 (914-271-8981, weekends)
18th‑century manor with Georgian and Federal furnishings.
Cultural &Performing Arts Centers
Aaron Copland House
Cortlandt Manor, 914-788-4659
Former home of famous composer, now a creative center for American music.
Theater arts center.
The Arts Exchange
White Plains, 914-428-4220
Historic landmark featuring visual and performing arts.
Theater, new plays.
Bendheim Performing Arts Center
Scarsdale, 914‑472‑3300 ext. 403
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, 914‑934‑9362
National Historic Landmark.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Lavish Mediterranean mansion now a museum and events venue.
The Jacob Burns Film Center
Restored circa‑1925 Spanish Mission‑style movie theater.
Irvington Town Hall Theater
Classical Revival-style theater.
Music Conservatory of Westchester
White Plains, 914-761-3900
School, individual lessons.
Paramount Center for the Arts
Arts and entertainment in a 1,000-seat palace from 1930s.
Pelham Picture House
Classic restored 1921 theatre.
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Regional performing arts center.
Rye Arts Center
Exhibits, theatrical and musical performances, classes.
The Schoolhouse Theater
Croton Falls, 914‑277‑8477
Professional theater presents works in transformed schoolhouse.
Tarrytown Music Hall
1885 National Landmark building.
Westchester Broadway Theater
Broadway‑caliber productions with dinner.
Westchester Community College
Music, dance, theatrical events, lectures, film.
The Westchester County Center
White Plains, 914‑995‑4050
Historic venue hosts concerts, trade shows.
Professional symphony orchestra.
White Plains Performing Arts Center
White Plains, 914‑328‑1600
Woodward Hall Theatre at Pace University/Hudson Stage
Briarcliff Manor, 914‑271‑2811
Professional theatrical company.
Yorktown Heights, 914‑962‑0606
Museums & Galleries
Items by Inuit, Southwest‑ and Northwest‑Coastal native artists.
Hudson River art, modern works, limited editions.
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, 914‑654‑5423
Fine and decorative arts in Victorian castle.
Croton’s History Museum
Local documents, images, and artifacts.
Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden
PepsiCo World Headquarters,
(Temporarily closed for renovation.)
Flat Iron Gallery
Works from artists all over the U.S.
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
North Salem, 914‑669‑5033
Museum, Japanese stroll garden.
Hudson River Museum
Restored Gothic Victorian house, Andrus Planetarium, and Glenview Mansion.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Katonah Museum of Art
Visual arts exhibits, sculpture garden.
Lift Trucks Project
Croton Falls, 914-602-4681
Project space and artist studio.
Maryknoll Mission Center and Museum
Interactive exhibits about Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.
Neuberger Museum of Art
Contemporary and African art.
Works of Hudson River artist Jasper Cropsey, contemporary painters.
Ossining Historical Society Museum
Exhibits in circa‑1872 Austin House.
Ossining Urban Cultural Park Museum
History of Sing Sing Prison, 1843 40-mile aqueduct.
Exhibits, Revolutionary War artifacts, Victorian clothing and furnishings.
Pelham Art Center
Art classes for adults and children, gallery.
Pound Ridge Museum
Pound Ridge, 914‑764‑4333
1853 “Lecture Room” houses exhibits, genealogy research material.
Somers Museum of the Early American Circus
Exhibits in Elephant Hotel.
Contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture garden.
Trailside Nature Museum
Cross River, 914‑864‑7322
Exhibits on natural history and American Indians.
Westchester Children’s Museum
(Opening in 2015.)
Westchester Veterans Memorial and Museum
Photographs, paintings, and artifacts represent military conflicts.
Yorktown Heights, 914‑962‑2970
Exhibits, rooms furnished in 18th‑century style.
Westchester County Tourism & Film