Opus 40

Opus 40, Saugerties: Hours, Address, Opus 40 Reviews: 4.5/5

Parks • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This sculpture park was intended to house the works of the designer, but the setting itself became the artist's masterwork. It is possible to visit by appointment on non-open days.
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1-2 hours
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beachruler
Dutchess County, NY165 contributions
Had read about this unusual attraction & finally visited w/another couple. Many years of work in a former w/bluestone quarry to create "sculptures" from an amphitheater to an aqueduct for natural, ponds & pool. Includes artist's studio & barn.
Written 5 July 2022
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Jasmin G
Quebec City, Canada156 contributions
Family
This place is absolutely to avoid, nothing to see or even enjoy. The “museum “ is a real joke. The worst part is that you have to pay for this. Total waste of time.
Written 24 June 2022
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TMCFTL
New York15 contributions
Couples
Beautiful on a beautiful day. Wear proper shoes as the stones can be tricky to walk on, especially the steps. We expected more sculptures and a larger park. They need to redo the map. Website encouraged to buy tickets online. It was cheaper to buy in person so we lost out. The person at the ticket booth was so busy with visitors that the group of people walking in without paying couldn’t be stopped.
If you’re in the area with an extra hour by all means visit but not worth going out of your way. We appreciate the work and the view, we just expected more of it.
Written 30 May 2022
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Kathy S
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We were fascinated with the determination and skill of Harvey Fite as he worked for 37 years to layer these blue stones in curving structures that fill over 6 acres in this park, which is now managed by a non-profit and open to the public. Park staff are availble to lead tours and answer questions for those who wish to stroll around the structures by themselves. The woman tending the gift shop and museum was also very knowledgeable.
Written 17 November 2021
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Sax_Doc
Westport, CT479 contributions
Beautiful setting for this 6 acre work of art by one man, Harvey Fite, over 36 years, in an abandoned blue stone quarry. This outdoor sculpture garden is really about one huge work that is truly incredible. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes to best traverse the uneven surfaces. Don't miss the "museum" up the hill to see the tools Mr. Fite used to create this work.
Written 24 October 2021
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beckyjean71
New England17 contributions
I'd wanted to go to Opus 40 for many years, and finally managed to get there on a recent trip to the Hudson Valley. Now that I've been, I can say photos don't do it justice. It's beautiful and inspiring. If you enjoy art, or even if you enjoy landscaping, parks, rocks, handcrafted stuff, or weird/unusual stuff, you'll probably enjoy Opus 40. This 7-acre bluestone earthwork was created by one man, sculptor Harvey Fite, over the course of many years. He used ancient Mayan techniques (among others) to create Opus 40's curved and sloping walkways, terraces, and platforms, using local stone. Opus 40 sometimes gets billed as a "sculpture park," and there are some of Harvey Fite's sculptures there, but the truth is, the park itself is the sculpture.

Check the website for information about entry times & fees, and special events (movies, live music, etc.) that may be offered there. Be prepared to spend at least an hour walking around & exploring (you can even bring in food and picnic there). Guided tours are also available on weekends.
Written 25 August 2021
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Nathan
4 contributions
Couples
Super cool way to spend an hour. The creation of a mad man or a creative genius? Probably a bit of both. Biggest regret is that we didn’t do a tour. The map provided didn’t give me enough context.
Written 16 August 2021
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FlaviaFlav
Burlington, VT196 contributions
This place is quite amazing when you consider it is the creation of one man with his own hands. It was so buggie the day I visited, I had to keep moving, and the chainlink fence is so very sad. (It's the product of a feud between the owners of Opus 40 and the owners of the adjacent house.)
Written 31 July 2021
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TechTraveller
Washington DC, DC266 contributions
The sculptor who created this open-air museum does interesting work. He took the site of an old quarry to display some of his interesting, abstract stone carvings. The site is rather small, with a hard-to-orient map of the pieces. Kids will enjoy being able to run and climb around the exposed natural stone.
For me, the best part of the museum was the display of old tools and household goods above the gift shop. A small painting gallery is in a room adjacent to the gift shop.
Overall, the facility is interesting, probably worth 30 minutes for the sculpture. The admissions are timed in two-hour blocks; don't worry you can easily see it all in a short time.
Written 27 July 2021
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rnovicki
Harleysville, PA116 contributions
Couples
Hubby and I (68 & 65) were on a road trip to New York, and stated in Woodstock - so this was convenient for us to go to. (first trip since pandemic hit). We ordered tickets online for a guided tour, but when we got there - it was canceled. But we could still walk around on our own. PLEASE wear sturdy shoes, and take your time, and water. It was hot when we were there, so we sat in the shade for awhile and gazed at the amazing clouds over this amazing work. Kept wondering what Henry Fite would think about as he did his land sculpture. Good to read up about Henry before you come.
Written 9 July 2021
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Opus 40 is open:
  • Fri - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM