Although the institute is widely known for it's collection of displays, it's not just about what the artists have created.
"All of the artwork tells a story. The art can tell a story about who made it, why it was made, they can tell a historical story about what was going on the time it was made," said Chief Curator, Anna D'Ambrosio.
The collection in the museum of art includes American art from the 18th century through modern and contemporary art, both in paintings and sculptures.
Munson Williams might not be the sprawling size of an art complex in a place like New York City, but don't be fooled by what the place has to offer.
"For the town the size of Utica, it has an extraordinary range of material from art of the United States," said Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mary Murray.
With focusing in on being experts in a simple category, it makes it easy for museum visitor, Daniel Randazzo to find his favorite piece each time he visits.
"I love looking at the bridge, it's a great painting. It's pretty abstract and you just have to really look at it to be able to understand it," said Randazzo.
And to add in that extra flavor of diversity, the museum of art does bring it different exhibitions.