Amsterdam has a rich heritage that spans almost 150 years. The arts and culture are a big part of our community, and available locally are several libraries, museums as well as historical sites to visit.
The Mohawk Valley Library Association serves the public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Schenectady counties. The MVLA offers an Interlibrary Loan program which makes books that are not part of your local library's collection, available by a loan system between the libraries throughout the above counties.Visit Website
The Evans Library at FMCC is open to all FMCC students, as well as local area students, residents, business persons and alumni. The library includes a large collection of books, reference and research materials as well as a computer lab.Visit Website
The Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center traces the history of the Erie Canal and how the canal impacted the economic and cultural growth of New York State and the Country. The site has a gift shop and several education programs.Visit Website
During these past few decades, under the leadership of the late president, Mrs. Rebecca M. Evans, Fort Johnson was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, was the subject of an historic structures study in 1977, and underwent an extensive restoration project between 1979 and 1981; this building, representative of the best of colonial architecture, has survived relatively untouched by the changes of style and time for 250 years.Visit Website
The Amsterdam Free Library has been open to the public since 1903. Built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, the library has become a historic symbol of the City of Amsterdam. The Library is located adjacent to the Amsterdam Post Office and across from the Public Safety Building.
The library houses a large collection of books, magazines, and periodicals as well as volumes of books on tape. All are welcome, to remove books from the library, a library card is required but easily obtained with a photo ID.Visit Website
The Walter Elwood Museum is a gateway to learning using the past to illuminate the present. Utilizing local experience, stories and artifacts, we examine history and culture in all its dimensions. We offer educational programs, unique collections and creative activities to enrich understanding of ourselves and each other.Visit Website