School & Group Visits

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.

Book a group visit

School and group visits will resume in October 2022.

If you would like to reserve a group visit for the 2022–23 school year, please book a group visit here.

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.

For summer camp groups, please visit our camp visits page.

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Option 1A: Onsite Planetarium Show

1-hour, in-person planetarium shows are available for your group Tuesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm.

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 1B: Guided Onsite Museum Tour

1-hour, guided in-person museum tours are available for your group Tuesday through Friday between 10am and 2pm.

Inquiry-based thematic tours facilitated by trained docents include access to special exhibitions and collections galleries, and engage visitors in conversation based on guided discovery.

Please note, Hudson Riverama is 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 $150 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. The maximum capacity is 120 participants.

Guided onsite museum tours led by docents cost $150 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $5.50 per additional attendee. The first chaperone is free of charge. Additional chaperones are $5 each.

A 2-hour combination of one planetarium show and one guided museum tour costs $250 for up to 20 attendees, PLUS $9.50 per additional attendee. 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 groupvisits@hrm.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.

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Customized and interactive 45-minute virtual museum experiences are available for your group Tuesday 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 2A: 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 groupvisits@hrm.org for more information.

Option 2B: 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 groupvisits@hrm.org 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.

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Colors of the Sky (Pre-K–Grade 1)

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.

Daily Planet (Pre-K–Grade 3)

Survey the Solar System in this live, virtual planetarium show, exploring the planets, their major moons, and other objects gravitationally bound to the Sun.

Moving Moon, Changing Moon (Kindergarten–Grade 6)

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.

Sky Legends (Grades 1–4)

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.

Orbits (Grades 4–12)

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.

Highlights Tour (Pre-K–Grade 12 & Adult)

Enjoy a varied selection of works of art on view throughout the Museum Galleries and Glenview, drawing from both our permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Special Exhibitions Tour (Pre-K–Grade 12 & Adult)

We offer guided tours of current exhibitions. Please see descriptions on our exhibitions page.

Portraiture: People and Places in Time (Pre-K–Grade 12 & Adult)

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.

Dreamy Landscapes (Pre-K–Grade 12 & Adult)

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.

Gilded Age Upon the Hudson (Pre-K–Grade 12 & Adult)

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.

Shapes and Patterns (Pre-K–Grade 3)

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.

Naturalist's Journey (Pre-K–Grade 5)

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.

River Mapping (Grades 1–12)

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.