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Hudson River Museum

Overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in northwest Yonkers, the Museum actively reaches out to broaden the cultural horizons of its visitors with a special emphasis on families. The Museum celebrates the artistic legacy and cultural diversity of the Lower Hudson River Valley using an impressive collections of paintings (including Hudson River landscapes), sculpture, decorative arts, costumes and photographs.

The Hudson River Museum has long been an important center for the arts in lower Westchester. And it has been getting better every year. It began with Glenview, the John Bond Trevor Mansion, a beautiful example of late Victorian style. Built in 1876, this house has been restored and is a showcase for an important collection of American and European fine and decorative arts.

In an adjacent building, the museum's contemporary galleries provide a dramatic setting for changing exhibits of art, architecture, design, and history. The Museum is one of the best places to view works inspired by the Hudson, and has a national reputation for its collections of photography, paintings, graphic arts, and memorabilia relating to the region. Visitors can call for a current exhibition schedule as well as a calendar of the Special Events and Family Programs offered throughout the year, which include Tours, Lectures, Workshops, and other activities.

The Hudson River Museum collects 19th- and 20th-c. American art and cultural, social and historical material related to the Museum's historic Mansion and the wider Westchester County/Hudson River Valley region. Though the Museum's collecting focus has evolved over its 84-year history, the trustees and staff have always been concerned with the institution's value and relevance to the surrounding region and its residents. The majority of the collections have been donated by Museum members and other local residents.

The Museum's collections have evolved from the original holdings of the Yonkers Museum, which was founded at City Hall in 1919, and relocated to the Yonkers Museum of Arts and Science in 1924. During it's early years, the Museum attempted to be much more global in its programmatic approach. Collection materials were placed on permanent display in galleries devoted to natural history, earth science, local and world history, and fine arts. In 1937, H. Armour Smith--an avid collector of fine art, Americana and documentary materials--became director. Smith advocated changing the Museum's name to The Hudson River Museum--to acknowledge that its collections documenting the Hudson River Valley were of primary importance to the Museum's goals. In 1956, the transfer of the stuffed elephant Tip, a popular display since 1929, to the Elephant Hotel in Somers, New York, was indicative of the changes that had occurred in the Museum's perception of its mission.

By 1948, when the Museum was rechartered by the New York State Board of Regents as The Hudson River Museum at Yonkers, Inc., the collection had grown to include a small group of 19th and 20th century fine arts--paintings, sculptures, and graphic works--as well as Victorian furniture, decorative arts and costumes, and materials documenting local history. In 1969, the New Wing added approximately 15,000 square feet of gallery space. Whereas previously much of the museum in the Mansion had been devoted to permanent displays, the new galleries were used for changing exhibitions of art, history and science. At the same time, the Mansion's first floor was partially restored, with four furnished period rooms and two small galleries for displaying decorative and historical materials from the collection.

In the late 1970s, Director Richard Koshalek proposed that the Museum, with little space to devote to storing and exhibiting contemporary art, could incorporate art of its time into the fabric of the new building. With funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and several foundations and corporations, the Museum commissioned two permanent installations. The first to be completed was Red Grooms' The Bookstore, a sculptural environment that would also function as the Museum' gift shop, followed by Dan Flavin's fluorescent light installation Untitled (for Betty and Richard Koshalek, a reminder), 1979.

Today, the Museum's collections reflect its mission to provide for development, preservation, and display of 19th- and 20th-century American art and history. The staff regularly organizes special collection exhibits and loan exhibits in which the permanent collections can play a role. Paintings, furniture and decorative arts are also always on view in the six period rooms in Glenview Mansion and its second floor hall and Lifflander Galleries.


Begun in 1876 and completed in 1877 and overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, six period rooms of the Mansion have been restored to reflect the lifestyle of its turn-of-the-century residents, the John Bond Trevor family.

Andrus Planetarium

Located inside the museum, it is the only public planetarium in Westchester County. Come and explore the vast reaches of outer space as you've never seen them before. It features a Zeiss M1015 Star Machine.

Visiting the Hudson River Museum

Museum Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday 12-5pm, Friday 12-8pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday

Museum Admission
Adult - $5, Seniors and Children - $3, Members Free

Planetarium Hours
Saturday & Sunday Shows - 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, Free Friday Show 7 pm

Planetarium Admission
Adults - $2, Seniors and Children - $1

Specifics on visiting the Hudson River Museum were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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