Bartlett Arkell, the first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company founded the Canajoharie Library for the people of the village of Canajoharie. When it opened, gracing its walls were a dozen paintings from Arkell's personal collection, including works by Gilbert Stuart and Robert Henri. The paintings were so well received that in 1927, Arkell broke ground on our original museum building, and we became the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery. Today, we are known as the Arkell Museum, and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing art with the Canajoharie community and beyond.
The Arkell Museum Collection
The American painting collection includes seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including; Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut collection of early twentieth-century advertising material.
Students and Senior Citizens: $6.50
Active Duty Military: Free, and 50% off for their entire party
Children ages 11 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
The Arkell Museum is member of the Empire State Reciprocal Museum Program. Members of participating museums receive free admission to the Arkell Museum, and Arkell Museum members are able to visit participating institutions for free.
We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum, and offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Learn more about the Blue Star Museums