A winding tree-lined road leads to this small college of liberal arts and sciences. The beautiful 540-acre campus encompasses two Hudson River estates, parklike grounds and gardens, and wooded areas.
Hessel Museum of Art. This free museum is part of Bard's highly respected Center for Curatorial Studies. Located on the south end of the Bard campus, it's known for cutting-edge exhibits of contemporary art and includes more than 3,000 works by some of most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Donald Judd, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman. 33 Garden Rd., 12504. 845/758–7598. www.bard.edu/ccs. Thurs.–Sun. 11–6.
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Noted architect Frank Gehry designed Bard's extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Brushed-stainless-steel panels, draped like massive ribbons over the roof and sides of the 108,000-square-foot performing-arts center, reflect the light and colors of the sky as well as the hilly surroundings. Tours are given Monday through Friday at 2 most of the year. Call ahead to make sure the theater is open and tours are available. 30 Campus Dr., 12504. 845/758–7900. www.fishercenter.bard.edu. Tours $5.