School & Group Visits
The Hudson River Museum provides onsite and virtual 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.
We are now accepting reservations for the 2022–23 school year.
Our onsite and virtual group visits are interactive, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based, supporting NYS Next Generation Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards, as well as STEM and STEAM concepts, aligned with your current classroom curriculum. We invite you to access our educational resources in new and exciting ways. Please note, we are a NYC DOE Vendor.
For information about summer camp groups, please visit our camp visits page.
Onsite Group Visits
Planetarium Shows & Workshops
1-hour planetarium shows are available for your group Tuesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm. We can accommodate after school groups until 5pm on the same days. We also offer 2-hour experiences that combine an hour-long planetarium show with an hour-long, hands-on workshop. See below for a list of current shows and workshop combinations. Please note, assisted hearing devices are available, and all planetarium shows include live Q&A.
Guided Museum Tours & Workshops
1-hour museum tours are available for your group Tuesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm. We also offer 2-hour experiences that combine an hour-long museum tour with an hour-long, hands-on workshop. Inquiry-based thematic tours are facilitated by trained docents, include access to special exhibitions and collections galleries, and engage visitors in conversation based on guided discovery. See below for a list of current tours and workshop combinations. Please note, Hudson Riverama is not open to onsite tours at this time.
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. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for their students at all times.
A 1-hour experience of either a planetarium show or a guided museum tour costs $180 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $6 per additional attendee. The required number of chaperones is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each. The maximum capacity is 120 participants for a planetarium show and 60 participants for a guided museum tour.
A 2-hour experience combining a planetarium show, guided tour, and/or hands-on workshop costs $250 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $9.50 per additional attendee. The required number of chaperones is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each.
A 3-hour experience combining your choice of guided tour(s), planetarium show(s), and/or workshop(s) costs $300 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $13.50 per additional attendee. The required number of chaperones is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each.
Please note, Title 1 schools may qualify for reduced rates.
If you are interested in reserving a space for lunch, classrooms may be reserved at an additional cost: $50/hour for 1–60 people; $100/hour for 61–90 people.
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.
Onsite Program Descriptions
1-Hour Planetarium Shows
Earth, Moon, and Sun →
1-Hour Guided Museum Tours
We offer guided tours of current exhibitions. Please see descriptions on our exhibitions page.
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 our 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.
Find the figures and images on view in Glenview that tell timeless tales of gods and heroes.
2-Hour Experiences (Astronomy & Environmental Science)
Planetarium show: The Sky Tonight
Workshop: Mix colors to make day and night skyscapes.
Planetarium show: Our Solar System
Workshop: Make three-dimensional soft-sculpture models of planets, real and imaginary.
Planetarium show: Earth, Moon, and Sun OR The Sky Tonight
Workshop: Discover the Earth-Moon-Sun relationship through movement, then create a three-dimensional moon phase model.
Planetarium show: Myths, Legends, and Travelers’ Tales
Workshop: Create glow-in-the-dark constellations and a story to match.
Planetarium show: Our Solar System
Workshop: Examine properties of solar system worlds, uncover clues, and reveal the hidden planet.
Planetarium show: Habitat Earth
Workshop: Students are given hands-on access to the Museum’s teaching “touch collection” and locally gathered materials from nature. They are then walked through an all-skill-levels-welcome sketching exercise and learn to observe like a student of the natural world.
Planetarium show: customized live show
Workshop: Students are given information about various Solar System objects and then tasked with putting them into categories of their own devising. They then model the work of astronomers as they come up with a rationale for their classification scheme.
Planetarium show: customized live show
Workshop: Classify solar system objects based on their properties OR interpret data about a hypothetical solar system and name the planets discovered.
2-Hour Experiences (Art & History)
Museum tour: Dreamy Landscapes
Workshop: Design your own landscape using watercolor paint.
Museum tour: Portraiture: People and Places in Time
Workshop: Sketch a self-portrait using fine art materials.
Museum tour: Special Exhibitions Tour
Workshop: A hands-on experience inspired by a thematic exhibition.
Museum tour: Shapes and Patterns
Workshop: Create your own patterns inspired by the examples of interior design found throughout the HRM’s campus and exhibitions.
Museum tour: Myth Making
Workshop: Invent and illustrate your own myth inspired by works in the Museum’s collection and your imagination.
Museum tour: The Gilded Age Upon the Hudson
Workshop: Create and take home a toy drawn from the leisure activities of Victorian youth.
Virtual Group Visits
Interactive, 45-minute virtual museum experiences can be scheduled for your group Tuesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm, subject to availability. 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.
Virtual Planetarium Shows
Our live, virtual planetarium shows use simulator software and are led by a science educator. Please contact us at email@example.com for information.
Virtual Museum Tours
Our live, virtual museum tours explore selected 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. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.