It is a day trip to the Frederic Remington Art Museum from Ottawa, Canada’s national capital.
The Frederic Remington Art Museum is located in picturesque Ogdensburg, New York State.
Ogdensburg is just across the St. Lawrence River from Johnstown, Ontario, and Johnstown is on the river, directly south of where the #416 highway out of Ottawa reaches the Ontario primary east-to-west artery, highway #401.
Since it is normally all high speed highway south out of Ottawa, you can drive to the Johnstown / Ogdensburg bridge in just over an hour.
That would be the crossing you would take to get to the City of Ogdensburg, New York, from Ottawa, or from points East of Ottawa.
From the west, from Kingston, for example, you could cross at Hill Island in the 1000 Islands and the you would head east along the south shore of the St. Lawrence from Alexandria Bay. A longer drive, but very pleasant through rural upstate New York.
If you want to take in Remington’s artwork at the gallery, remember that the bridge from Canada to Ogdensburg (and the one at Hill Island to Wellesley Island too) is an international border crossing. You will need appropriate documentation to cross…in both directions!
If you are not sure about your documentation, you will want to check with the Canada Border Services Agency (website: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca) for current regulations. I, as a Canadian citizen, am comfortable crossing into and out of the U.S. with a Canadian Passport, and as long as I have a bona fide reason to enter the U.S. Visiting the Frederic Remington gallery is just such a reason!
What is at the Frederic Remington Museum?
Frederic Remington (born in Canton NY in 1909) was skilled at bringing the images of the Old West to life on the pages of magazines in his time, and in his timeless statuary. The Frederic Remington Museum contains his oil paintings and sketches featuring the Northern wilderness, as well.
Visitors will benefit by an insiders view of the life of the artist through artifacts, excerpts from his library, his tools, sketches, photos etc, all housed in the historic 1809 Parish Mansion.
Eva’s Education Center
Since 2004 the Eva Caten Remington Education Center has been open on the site.
Directed primarily to children between four and fourteen, this is a hands on center encouraging fun with creative play, sketching and modeling with artist’s materials.
Eva was Frederic Remington’s wife.
Frederic Remington Museum Hours
The museum is open year round, though the actual days they are open and hours change depending on the time of year. It is worthwhile checking to be sure they open before you make the drive.
They are closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving (the U.S. celebration) and Christmas.
There is an admission fee.
Frederic Remington Art Museum
303 Washington St.
Ogdensburg, NY 13669