Bartow Pell Mansion Stroll

In celebration of spring and my day off on Friday, I decided to head over to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum to check out the Dianne Smith exhibit. I missed the rescheduled debut because I was at a seminar in Rhode Island, but I definitely wanted to make time to see it!

First, one of the most important things you need to know about getting to BPMM is transportation. If you’re part of the 1.3 million NYC households that own a car, then getting there won’t be a problem . However, if you don’t, like me, you MUST catch the Bee Line 45 bus, which only runs once an hour. Your other alternative would be to take the Bx29 heading towards City Island, but it’s still a considerable walk. If you’re impatient like I was (also having seen the 45 leave before my eyes with another 20 minutes for the 29 to show up), you just suck it up and walk the two miles. It’s not a bad walk if you’re wearing comfortable shoes and just follow the bike path.

Second, you should probably look up BPMM’s hours before you go. Which, like a fool, I did not, so after walking the two miles, I discovered that the actual mansion itself was closed. It’s only open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm. {Unless there’s a special event, like this Friday’s First Fridays event. Check their calendar for details} The good thing is that the grounds around the museum are open from 8:30 am til “Dusk” (I’ve never been partial to the word dusk.)

Spring is probably one of the best times to visit the grounds, where you can see flowers beginning to bloom and nature (fear it as I may), come back to life – particularly after the hellish Fall and Winter we had.

Plus, it’s a great place to get away from it all, whatever ‘it’ may be for you.

As for the exhibit, it is definitely called Organic Abstracts for a reason. Having known the background behind the exhibits, I had a much greater appreciation for them than Boyfriend, who having went to an art school (to study business of all things) is very particular about art.

Check out the pictures I took during my visit:

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