The Museum’s permanent installations include the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame; the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing, an interactive play space and gallery for children’s artwork; Washington Bathhouse, a display of two adjoining, restored bath and treatment rooms containing original fixtures, equipment, and furniture that illustrate the history of the baths and the Museum building; Dancers in Film, an exhibition that celebrates the synthesis and history of these art forms; and The Karole Armitage Collection.
MR. AND MRS. CORNELIUS VANDERBILT WHITNEY HALL OF FAME
The Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame honors innovators who have made outstanding contributions to American professional dance. More than fifty choreographers, dancers, artistic directors, designers, composers, and critics are recognized, with two dance pioneers inducted each year. This permanent, yet evolving installation features an exceptional selection of costumes, artifacts, photographs, video, and works of fine art.
The National Museum of Dance is located in the former Washington Baths, a National Historic Landmark within the Saratoga Spa State Park. This turn-of-century structure was repurposed in 1918 for the Washington Baths and later reconstructed in the mid-1980s for the Museum. This exhibition honors the unique heritage of the building with two restored, adjoining bath and treatment rooms containing original furniture, equipment, and fixtures.
DANCERS IN FILM
Opened in 2014, Dancers in Film explores the long, abundant history of and distinct relationship between the art forms of dance and film. Renowned professional dancers and actors who have created iconic sequences in film are highlighted, as well as the growing list of recipients of the Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Karole Armitage collection comprises costumes from the dancer-choreographer’s groundbreaking, forty-year career as an innovator and influencer in both ballet and modern dance. It spans dance works from 1986 to 2013 and features designs by longtime collaborators David Salle, Alba Clemente, and Christian Lacroix.
THE CRIS ALEXANDER AND SHAUN O’BRIEN COLLECTION
Celebrated photographer and actor Cris Alexander and venerable New York City Ballet dancer Shaun O’Brien first visited Saratoga Springs in 1966. Alexander was one of the most sought-after portraitists of his generation and photographed some of the most acclaimed dancers and choreographers of the time. These tremendously compelling images, which number in the hundreds, in part comprise the Museum’s collection.
ALFRED Z. SOLOMON CHILDREN’S WING
This fun, hands-on space was designed and created expressly for kids. It includes an interactive dance game, movement and balance toys, a stage area and costumes, a reading corner, and more. The Kids’ Gallery presents rotating displays of children’s artwork and invites visitors to create their own masterpieces.