By Tim Saw
The Frederic Remington Art Museum is located in Ogdensburg, New York. Housed in a home from the early part of the 18th century, it was home to Frederic’s wife after his death in 1909. Eva lived in this home with her sister till her death in 1918. In 1923 the home was classified as “Remington’s Art Memorial” and since has acquired many items to the vast collection and is now called by its current name.
The interior and furnishings of the home show like they did years ago. The house was refitted in the early part of the 20th century, and everything you see today is what was there when Remington visited many times. From the Tiffany turtle back chandelier to the pack of cigars in his pocket just before his death, this museum encompasses everything which he was and everything that he is to this little hamlet by the St. Lawrence River. A vast majority of the pieces within the museum are from the bequest of Eva with a few exceptions of bronzes and paintings which were purchased or gifted.
The museum has numerous sketches and paintings of Remington. The prized bronzes cast by him include Cheyenne and Broncho Buster. Throughout the year there are special exhibits and shows which involve artists from around the U.S. The museum is opened all year around and houses an array of personal effects along with an interaction venue which is housed behind the main quarters. This location helps bring about involvement in the life of Frederick Remington and young and old can enjoy themselves here.
The museum also houses a complete gift shop where there are many reproduction bronzes, prints etc., and it includes videos, clothing and books all about Remington himself. This museum is alive with so many personal effects it will touch you in many ways to know this great artist. The length at which the home is preserved is breathtaking and without a doubt will be a trip worth your time if visiting the 1000 Islands area, The St. Lawrence Seaway or the Adirondack Region as all are just a stone’s throw away.
Tim Saw is a regular writer for The Adirondacks Life.