Holiday splendor at the Hudson River Museum, ready for your visit
By Angelique Piwinski, HRM Board Member and Yonkers Historian
Now is the vacation and a great time to plan a visit to Yonkers and Westchester’s cultural and historical gem, the Hudson River Museum located on the banks of the majestic Hudson River at 511 Warburton Ave. in Yonkers and “Glenview”, the John Bond Trevor Mansion, a historic part of the museum complex.
This month until January 9e you can experience what life was like in 1877 when the mansion was completed and experience holiday traditions from the Golden Age on a 45-minute tour of the six fully restored period rooms. A magnificent rainbow tree holds court in the living room surrounded by gifts, and decorated trees adorn the living room and library. The beautiful woodwork of the coats of the library, the great room and the living room are adorned with elegant wreaths, ribbons and flowers. The dining room has table decor with golden cutlery and a chandelier adorned with fir trees and ornaments.
Explore the wardrobes around Glenview to find children’s favorite books and toys from the Victorian era, including a 19th century doll, an ivory chess set, beloved children’s books and a fine teddy bear -love. Plus, Nybelwyck Hall, the Yonkers’ favorite 24-room dollhouse, is also beautifully decorated for the holidays.
The original museum was housed in the mansion for a number of years until the campus grew and is now a major architectural and historical attraction drawing visitors from all over the world. The history of the 144-year-old mansion and over 100-year-old museum is long and complex. You can read about it and everything that is happening at the constantly changing museum by visiting the museum’s website: hrm.org. There is a continuing spectrum of arts, culture, science and history reflecting the diversity of our communities with over 350 distinct programs per year. Everyone will meet somewhere in this incredible institution.
One can only imagine what life was like for the John Bond Trevor family in 1877, when the mansion was completed, and then into the Victorian era. Every square inch of the building is steeped in history and it is so important to learn and understand it because in the beautifully crafted words of Reverend Alison who wrote a book on the history of Yonkers in her book published in 1896, he said that “history honors the ‘elders’ and teaches young people to make the past intelligent in the present to guide the future.”
To this end, the museum offers a wonderful, award-winning multicultural program for high school students, where they learn tremendously about history, arts, culture and life skills.
The museum is currently undergoing an expansion that will display even more programming and history to engage, inspire and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, science and history. With this expansion, the Hudson River Museum will more than double the number of works of art on display in its fascinating permanent collection which contains 20,000 separate objects, with a dynamic relocation that will tell a larger and inclusive story of American art. through a diversity of artists, perspectives and stories.
If you’ve never been to the museum, there’s even a state-of-the-art planetarium on the complex with ongoing programs for all ages.
Learn more about the Hudson River Museum: The museum offers engaging experiences for all ages and interests, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions ranging from remarkable 19th century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house listed on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art planetarium; an environmental education gallery; and an outdoor amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and interpretation of these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage l creative expression, collaboration and artistic and scientific discovery.
Isn’t it time to find out why the museum was recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “visionary leadership, distinctive collections, commitment to community and historically overlooked artists and stories” and why the museum was winner of the Best of Westchester 2021? Awards: Best Tourist Attraction, Best Historic Site, Best Art Gallery, and Best Non-Profit Event.
Timetable and entrance: The Hudson River Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. From December 27 to 31, when the school is not in session, additional visits are available Monday to Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and Friday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Vaccination required for entry: all visitors 12 years of age and over must present full proof of vaccination or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of visit; those over 18 must also present an identity document. Visitors under the age of 12 can only enter if accompanied by an adult with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of the visit. Learn more and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit or call (914) 963-4550.