The Hudson River Museum provides virtual and onsite planetarium shows and museum tours for school, homeschool, scout, college, adult, senior, and other groups.
Participants engage with art, science, and history in an informal learning environment, while developing skills in visual literacy, critical thinking, English Language Arts, creative problem solving, communication, and collaboration.
Our virtual and onsite group visits are customized, interactive, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based, supporting NYS Next Generation Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards, as well as STEM and STEAM concepts, in the current classroom curriculum. We invite you to access our educational resources in new and exciting ways. Please note, we are a NYC DOE Vendor.
The HRM has formulated plans for this year’s group visits in accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines that are flexible and responsive to the needs of our communities and support the reopening plans of school districts and other organizations throughout the region.
Option 1: Virtual Group Visits
Customized and interactive 45-minute virtual museum experiences are available for your group Wednesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm. Each live virtual visit includes an accompanying lesson plan that provides educators with access to guiding questions, an open-ended activity, and supporting pre- and post-visit materials.
Option 1A: Virtual Planetarium Show
A live, virtual planetarium show using simulator software, led by a science educator. For school groups, choose from the virtual program descriptions listed at the bottom of this page. For adult groups, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Option 1B: Virtual Museum Tour
A live, virtual exploration of artworks and exhibitions at the Museum, as well as our historic home, Glenview, and our environmental teaching gallery, Hudson Riverama, supported by inquiry-based conversation with a museum educator or docent. Choose from the virtual program descriptions listed at the bottom of this page.
Book Your Virtual Group Visit
Virtual planetarium shows and museum tours cost $100 for a group of up to 30 participants. For groups larger than 30, we require multiple sessions be scheduled at this rate.
Advance reservations are required. To lock in a program date, payment must be made in full, and must be confirmed by the Museum, at least two weeks prior to the virtual visit. Any requests to reschedule or cancel must be made in writing via email to email@example.com at least two weeks prior to your confirmed virtual visit date in order to set a new date that is mutually acceptable or to receive a refund or credit. Any group that fails to follow these requirements will forfeit the entire program fee.
Option 2: Onsite Group Visits
Option 2A: Onsite Planetarium Show
60-minute, in-person planetarium shows are available for your group Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm, and Thursdays and Fridays at 10am and 11am.
For a list of current shows, plus trailers, visit our planetarium page. Please note, assisted hearing devices are available, and all planetarium shows end with live Q&A.
Option 2B: Self-Guided Onsite Museum Tour
Self-guided onsite museum tours are available for your group Thursdays and Fridays between 12pm and 5pm. There is no time limit.
Each self-guided onsite tour includes access to special exhibitions and collections galleries, as well as supporting pre/post-visit materials provided by a museum educator.
Please note, there are no guided tours of the galleries. Hudson Riverama and Glenview are not open to groups at this time, nor is the Greene Education Center. There is no food or drink permitted in the Museum.
Book Your Onsite Group Visit
Onsite planetarium shows cost $120 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $5.50 per additional attendee and $5 per additional chaperone. The first chaperone is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each. Planetarium attendance is strictly limited to classes of no more than 30 and adult groups of no more than 40.
Self-guided onsite museum tours cost $120 for up to a maximum of 30 attendees. The first chaperone is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each.
Teachers and chaperones are responsible for their students at all times. For students Grades 2 and up (ages 8+), 1 chaperone is required for every 10 students. For students Pre-K through Grade 1 (ages 3–7), 1 chaperone is required for every 5 students.
Advance reservations are required. To lock in a program date, payment must be made in full, and must be confirmed by the Museum, at least two weeks prior to the onsite visit. Any requests to reschedule or cancel must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to your confirmed onsite visit date in order to set a new date that is mutually acceptable or to receive a refund or credit. Any group that fails to follow these requirements will forfeit the entire program fee.
Virtual Program Descriptions
Virtual Planetarium Shows (Astronomy)
In this live, virtual planetarium show, explore the Earth’s relationship to the Sun and Moon and how these movements change what we see in the sky at different times during the day and night.
Survey the Solar System in this live, virtual planetarium show, exploring the planets, their major moons, and other objects gravitationally bound to the Sun.
Discover the Earth-Moon-Sun relationship in this live, virtual planetarium show by taking a tour of the sky as seen from your area and engaging in movement at home.
Take a trip into the night sky in this live, virtual planetarium show to learn more about what we see, including visible planets, seasonal constellations, and meteor showers, and hear some of the stories humans tell about the stars.
In this live, virtual planetarium show, survey the Solar System, examine properties of the planets, make observations, and practice recording and analyzing data used by astronomers in their studies of space.
Virtual Museum Tours (Art & History)
Learn about the art of portraiture and discover what it can reveal about the subject, as well as the time and community in which they lived.
Take a closer look at works by Hudson River School artists in HRM’s permanent collection to learn about the elements of landscape painting and the relationship of figures to their surroundings.
Travel back in time to 1877! Discover Glenview’s restored rooms, paintings, and furnishings, and learn how the Trevor family spent their time more than 140 years ago.
Explore the motifs and patterns of Glenview’s architecture and interior decor, and discover principles of art and design found throughout the HRM’s campus and permanent collection.
Travel through space and time in Landscape Art & Virtual Travel, on view through February 6, 2022, and celebrate the artists’ striking ability to transport us to real and imaginary places through the power of landscapes.
African American Art in the 20th Century, on view October 15, 2021–January 16, 2022, presents paintings and sculptures by thirty-four African American artists who came to prominence during the period bracketed by the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. All works are on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Virtual Museum Tours (Environmental Science)
Take a virtual journey through the Upper, Middle, and Lower Hudson Valley habitats, learn about the specific conditions that allow a range of flora and fauna to make their homes, and develop your observational skills through sketching and field journaling.
Take a close look at the geographic and geologic features of the Upper, Middle, Lower Hudson Valley and observe different artists’ representations of maps in the HRM’s permanent collection.