The Hudson River Museum’s popular Free Friday Nights admission program will be back in place from July 1 through Labor Weekend, September 2. A grant from Entergy is making the restoration of the program possible. From 5 pm until closing at 8 pm, the public can visit the Museum’s galleries; special exhibitions; Glenview, its historic Hudson River home; and, attend a planetarium show.
Friday night hours were discontinued a year ago because of severe budget cuts. This summer, a sponsorship from Entergy, a long-time supporter of the Museum’s outreach programs, extends the Museum’s Friday hours from closing at 5 pm to 8 pm. Museum Director Michael Botwinick said, “The economic challenges of the last two years have forced us to make difficult decisions to keep the Museum stable. One of the more painful decisions was to discontinue the Museum’s FREE Friday Nights. Thanks to a generous grant from Entergy, I am happy to report that Friday night hours are back for the summer and without charge for our visitors.”
Among the Museum’s offerings on Fridays this summer are: the planetarium’s signature show, The Sky Tonight, which will trace the path of elusive Saturn. On Fridays July 8 and August 5 visitors can view the moon through high-powered telescopes. The special exhibition Susan Wides: The HudsonValley, From Mannahatta to Kaaterskill, with photographs of the Hudson Valley on view through September 11, shows a new way to see an historic valley in the midst of change. For the first time in years, the Museum’s upper-level galleries are installed with selections from its permanent collection of early 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture. This is an extended chance to become more familiar with the Museum’s collection and provide a perspective on the way in which artists viewed the Hudson Valley. The river also beckons in the environmental gallery Hudson Riverama; and, Glenview’s period rooms are open for self-guided tours.
The Museum Shop offers snacks all evening. Botwinick adds, “Entergy’s generosity gives our visitors of all ages the chance to relax and enjoy the galleries, and perhaps walk through beautiful Glenview. Then there is still time to catch the 7 pm planetarium show. The Museum and its staff are extremely pleased to again welcome the community to see the Museum from its superb vantage on a summer evening.”
Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Wed – Sun, 12-5 pm. Museum: $5 adults, $3 seniors & youth 5-16. Children under 4, free. Members Free. Exit 9 (Executive Blvd). Saw Mill River Pkwy (north or south). Info & Dir: 914.963.4550; www.hrm.org
The largest cultural institution in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, and seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. It engages in the presentation of exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.