Dear Friends of the Hudson River Museum,
It is our pleasure to share with you the news of exciting improvements coming to the HRM. Last week the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously to approve a planned expansion and necessary renovations of the Museum. These improvements include a new wing, with additional exhibition gallery space so that more of the Museum’s permanent collection can be on display, improvements to the climate control system to help preserve the collection, a new indoor theater, and a much-needed new roof for the existing 1969 Brutalist building. The project will also address restoration to Glenview, our beautiful nineteenth-century home on the National Register of Historic Places. Read the press release from the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
This capital project will enable us to bring a world-class museum experience to all in Westchester and the metropolitan area. We are proud to work with the Westchester County Board of Legislators, the City of Yonkers, and New York State to embark on this important expansion and much needed renovations, especially in our centennial year. Thanks to this support, we are ideally poised to build on this momentum to broaden our campus and top-quality offerings to the public by means of a much-needed expansion and renovation.
We take pride in our role as a preeminent, award-winning cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. In the past year, the Museum has broken incredible visitation records, with approximately 75,000 visitors hailing from 35 states across the United States. We are proud that 69% of our public calls Westchester home. In the last year alone we served more than 26,000 students and 100 schools from throughout the County. Our nationally acclaimed teen Junior Docent Program—now in its 25th year and stronger than ever!—has been recognized by the White House for excellence. We are committed to excellence and accessibility in our community, and we are proud to serve audiences as diverse as the region itself.
These are exciting times in Yonkers and throughout Westchester, and we are fully committed to and energized by our mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history. We will be sharing updates on our expansion and improvements in the weeks and months ahead, as well as fresh ways to support and participate in the future of the Museum. With all of you, we will forge new paths together!
Thomas A. D’Auria
Chair, Board of Trustees