Hudson River Museum, Yonkers

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The Hudson River Museum, located in Trevor Park in Yonkers, New York, is the largest museum in Westchester County. The Yonkers Museum, founded in 1919 at City Hall, became the Hudson River Museum in 1948. While often seen as an art museum due to the extensive collection of works from the Hudson River school, the museum also features exhibits on the history, science and heritage of the region.
Founded in 1919 as the Yonkers Museum, the facility was also known as the Yonkers Museum of Science and the Arts, prior to being named the Hudson River Museum. The museum originally contained a number of mineral specimens housed in Yonkers City Hall.
Central to its history is the Glenview Mansion, a house built in 1877 from a design by American architect Charles W. Clinton, and once the home of one John Bond Trevor. Home of the museum for 45 years from 1929, the house now forms a large part of the Hudson River Museum. It contains six period rooms displaying furniture and decor from that era. In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is the home of the Andrus Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Westchester County. It added the planetarium in 1969 to celebrate the beginning of the Space Age and the increasing interest in space. The planetarium was one part of the museum's expansion throughout the 1960s, which also included the construction of larger and more modern facilities to house its collections, followed by the restoration of the ground floor of the Glenview house to its 19th-century condition. The planetarium and its laser shows are credited with driving the museum's 30% increase in attendance in the early 1990s.
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  • A small, local museum along the Hudson River that shares the history of the towns and villages in this area. There is a planetarium and historic home as well as well as a exhibit on the river ecology....  more »
  • Visited this museum in early January and it was great! They had a number of excellent exhibits, all of which were of decent size and quite interesting. They have directional markers set up and...  more »
  • This is a great little museum which some very nice paintings and exhibits. The attached Victorian house was my favorite. The dollhouse in the mansion is interesting and today's George Washington exhibit was better than I expected. The place is easy to get to, has lots of free parking, and it is not crowded at all. The staff seemed quite friendly too. You will be impressed, and at $6 per person and $3 for kids under 18, you will get your money's worth.
  • I love that it is conveniently located near my home. The exhibits are changed every month and there is a planetarium show on Fridays. The gift shop has a few nice souvenirs and books. The Glenwood Mansion behind it once belonged to the Trevor family. It is now part of the museum. Inside you will find antique Victorian Era furnishings and actual belongings of the Trevor family. The view of the Palisades and Hudson River had a nice topper to this location. Check it out, if you have not done so, yet.

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