Upstater Destinations: Butterflies and Art in Oneonta

  |  August 2, 2012

Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, Oneonta

There’s a lot to do in Oneonta. The fact that the city houses two colleges means that the area is full of museums, art, and culture. Couple that with the countless recreational opportunities, and you’ve got a great mixed bag of attractions. Because we’re indecisive, we’re giving you two destinations in Oneonta the next time you’re there: The Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, and the Yager Museum at Hartwick College.

First of all, we should tell that the Butterfly Conservator is about oh so much more than butterflies. Yes, there are hundreds of them alight on the air inside the habitat. But did you know that dozens of lizards, frogs, tortoises, and even a three-toed sloth call the Conservatory home? The Conservatory hosts a number of special events throughout the year, and there’s a museum shop and cafe. And if you’re looking for a place to stay, the Conservatory has its own rental property located on Stonehouse Farm. Guests get free admission to the Conservatory.

Two of the Conservatory’s other residents.

Once you’ve learned a little about nature, head over to Hartwick College and the Yager Museum of Art and Culture. The museum is a teaching museum that offers students the opportunity to not only view but participate in exhibits. The collection includes art, archeological artifacts, anthropological displays, and historical items. One of the current exhibits at the Yager is an interactive, hands-on display on games and puzzles called “Putting the Pieces Together: Puzzles and Games in Our Lives”. Check out the Yager Museum website for information on current and past exhibits, collections, the history of the museum, and hours of operation.

J.L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory (GMAP)

Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College (GMAP)

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