Located on the campus of Plattsburgh State University, in Plattsburgh, New York, the museum serves as an open visual art resource for the university, and the Northern Adirondack and Champlain Valley region. The museum expands upon the concept of the "Museum Without Walls" developed by Andre Malraux.
The museum has on display more than 4,000 works of art and artifacts, ranging from antiquities to contemporary art. The collections are exhibited within the museum’s main galleries, the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, and a developing sculpture park. Rockwell Kent Gallery, Burke Gallery, and Myers Lobby Gallery are the main galleries.
Located in the Feinberg Library, the Rockwell Kent Gallery is a repository of the artwork by Rockwell Kent, a renowned American painter. The collections throw light on the art, literary merit, and political beliefs of Kent.
The Burke Gallery in the Myers Fine Arts Building displays changing exhibits throughout the year. Special exhibitions and changing shows are organized in the Myers Lobby Garden, the gateway to the Myers Fine Arts Building.
The Nina Winkel Sculpture Court displays sculptures representing 45 years of artistry by the late Nina Winkel. The Sculpture Park strives to create an environment of learning, professionalism, and mutual benefits. It showcases artworks by such famous artists as Dan Kainz, David Stromeyer, Harry Gordon, Noah Savett, Shaun Cassidy, and William King.
The museum sponsors a variety of public and academic programs. It also provides an academic minor in Museum Studies. In addition, internships and research facilities are offered.