About Opus 40
“No trip is complete without a visit to Opus 40”
Created by pioneering artist and professor Harvey Fite and founded as a nonprofit by his wife in 1978, Opus 40 is a world-famous sculpture park and museum with 50 acres of meadows, forested paths and bluestone quarries — including 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture — in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Saugerties, NY.
We welcome guests five days a week from April through November, and are available for educational field trips, guided tours and weddings all year long. We also host nature walks led by Audubon educators, art workshops, and live music and theatrical performances — all with the majestic Catskill Mountains as the backdrop.
“In a culture of disposability,” notes David Wallis in The New York Times, not only does Opus 40 constitute “what Architectural Digest described as one of ‘the most beguiling works of art on the entire continent,’ but stands as a monument to discipline and hard work.” The Art Newspaper concurs, in 2019 calling Opus 40 “a testament to the wondrous and crazy things humans can create.”
Considered by many to be the Stonehenge of North America, Opus 40 welcomes more than 20,000 visitors from the Hudson Valley, New York City, and throughout the state, country and world, each and every year. Our free community programs, including concerts, classes and fairs, reach another 4,000 annually; meanwhile, the “spectacular stone monument” (VICE) serves as a popular site for destination weddings, as well as photo shoots for the likes of Barneys NY, VOGUE, Nylon and famed photographer Nigel Barker.
In fact, Opus 40 can be seen equally as a sculptural tour de force, a showcase of natural beauty, an exploration of local history, and a premier outdoor performance venue, with Rolling Stone describing it as “the best outdoor performance venue in the Northeast.”
It’s through this kaleidoscopic lens that one truly glimpses the miraculousness of Opus 40; abandoned quarries are living artwork, quarrying tools are reassembled into sculpture in the Quarryman’s Museum, and actors and musicians perform in, on, around and through the park, adapting their performance to the terrain, views and acoustics of the site.
Since its inception, Opus 40 has welcomed an array of acclaimed performers, including Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Happy Traum, Sonny Rollins, the Felice Brothers, and Jimmy Cliff, as well as the Opera Ebony competition and theater stagings ranging from Macbeth to Hair. In total, the performers at Opus 40 have garnered 93 Grammy Awards, eight NEA Awards, an Academy Award, a National Medal of Arts, and a McArthur Genius Award.