HRM Planetarium Reopens to the Public on July 16

YONKERS, NY, July 7, 2021 — Hudson River Museum is thrilled to announce the reopening of the HRM Planetarium on Friday, July 16, after being closed for 15 months due to the pandemic. During this closure, the HRM took the opportunity to renovate the planetarium with dedicated funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the City of Yonkers through a Community Development Block Grant, installing all new seating and new carpeting. “We can’t wait to welcome audiences back under the dome to once again experience the mysteries of the moon, the search for life beyond Earth, and the stories that shape our stars,” said Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky.

The schedule for this summer will include FREE planetarium show on Fridays at 6pm, made possible by Entergy. The planetarium will feature favorite shows such as We Are Stars, Beyond the Sun, We Are Aliens, and Habitat Earth.

On Saturdays and Sundays there will be two shows per day, a program for children at 12:30pm, and a live show for general audiences at 2pm. The summer schedule is as follows:

Children’s shows at 12:30pm

  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (July 17 and 18);
  • Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda (July 24 and 25)
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun (July 31)

Children’s shows at 12:30pm

  • Earth, Moon, and Sun (August 1)
  • The Girl Who Walked Upside Down (August 7 and 8)
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (August 14 and 15)
  • Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda (August 21 and 22)
  • Earth, Moon, and Sun (August 28 and 29)

July and August
The Sky Tonight at 2pm
A longtime favorite of our stargazers, is a 60-minute live show led by our science educators, covering the summer skies. Greet the stars of the Summer Triangle and learn the most comfortable way to catch warm-weather meteor showers.

“As satisfying as it was to create our virtual planetarium shows,“ said Marc Taylor, Manager, Planetarium and Science Programs, “we’re all very eager to get back under the dome, and are looking forward to the dynamic experience of having an in-person audience for our live shows. We learned a lot over the past year about what makes the planetarium experience so special. We’re dedicated to making all our programs memorable, informative, and interactive—and thanks to our new seating, more comfortable for everyone.”

Capacity is currently limited to 60 seats per show (50%) and masks will be required in the planetarium until further notice; advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Purchase tickets here.

Visitors to the planetarium will also encounter a special celestial-themed exhibition, Richard Haas: Circles in Space, in the Troster Gallery, which is just outside of the HRM Planetarium. The exhibition is a new series by the artist and explores intersections between abstraction, color theory, and the geometry of the universe, bringing together passions and preoccupations from throughout Haas’ expansive and celebrated career.

Richard Haas (American, b. 1936) is acclaimed for his illusionistic architectural murals and trompe l’oeil style, painted on and within prominent buildings across the US from Portland, Oregon, to New York City and Yonkers, as well as international commissions in Munich, Germany. Here, inspired in part by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the findings of the Hubble Space Telescope, he turns away from realistic imagery to contemplate Earth and its celestial neighbors from above. This exhibition will be on view through January 9, 2022. #HRMRichardHaas

Name a Planetarium Seat for the Star in Your Life
The Museum is now offering opportunities to dedicate a handsome new seat in the HRM Planetarium to celebrate a loved one, honor a space enthusiast, or give a gift to the person who has (nearly) everything under the stars. This lasting tribute will help sustain the HRM’s treasured Planetarium, the only public venue of its kind in Westchester County. Help us inspire new generations of stargazers, scientists—and future astronauts! Dedicate a seat here.

Press contact:
Samantha Hoover
(914) 963-4550 x216

Photo by Todd Vorenkamp/


Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

Hours and Admission: Hudson River Museum is open Thursday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Advanced tickets recommended. We follow NYS and CDC protocols for a safe and enjoyable visit. Learn more about our protocols and precautions and purchase tickets at

General Admission: Adults $8; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE. Planetarium tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) $4; Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4; Children (under 3) Free. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line—Yonkers and Glenview stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways here.