Art Museum & Historic House
161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Hyde Collection is an art museum with an extraordinary collection of more than 3,000 objects. The institution is a product of the golden age of the private art collector (ca. 1890-1940) and an example of a rare genre of museums created during the American Renaissance. One of the few organizations of its kind in upstate New York, The Hyde is the legacy of art collectors Louis and Charlotte Hyde, who acquired objects of artistic significance, amassed collections, and left them for the public to experience and enjoy within an environment created for their display. Included in the collection are masterworks by such artists as Rubens, Rembrandt, and Renoir, as well as Picasso, Eakins, and Homer.
Over the course of the last three decades, The Hyde Collection has become a vital community resource. Hyde House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, affirming its architectural significance, and the Museum’s educational role in the region has expanded considerably. This growth has been accommodated by a series of physical expansions, including: the acquisition of Cunningham House and Hoopes House, the homes of Charlotte Hyde’s sisters and the completion in 1989 of an Education Wing, which added three exhibition galleries, an auditorium, art storage, and classrooms. In 2004, the Museum constructed a 6,600 square-foot collections wing and restored the exterior and interior of Hyde House to its historic period.
Today, The Hyde Collection combines the intimacy of a historic house with the sophistication of a larger art museum complex. It welcomes visitors to experience an affordable and exciting schedule of special exhibitions, concerts, and lectures, as well as family and school programs. Interactive programming encourages children and adults alike to explore and discover through self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours. The Hyde Collection continually strives to develop innovative ways to make the collection accessible; to make learning about art exciting and relevant; and to provide a welcoming, engaging, and enriching cultural resource dedicated to the betterment of the community.
1. Hyde House, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. Photography by Michael Fredericks
2. Courtyard, Hyde House, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. Photography by Michael Fredericks
3. Hoopes Gallery, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. Photography by Samantha Shea