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The Hyde Collection

The Hyde Collection

Sano di Pietro

Sano di Pietro

The Museum offers a world class collection of objects that span the history of western art from the fourth century BC through the twentieth century. The Museum’s founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a fifty-year period of avid and highly informed collecting. Many of these works are displayed in their home, known as Hyde House, as well as select galleries in the education wing.

The permanent collection consists of approximately 2,800 paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furniture, and decorative arts. When the Hydes began collecting, their focus was not unlike that of their contemporaries. They acquired Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture by such artists as Botticelli, El Greco, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Rubens. In their most important decisions, notable scholars William R. Valentiner and R. Langton Douglas often guided them.

After the death of her husband in 1934, Mrs. Hyde continued to acquire new works. In fact, approximately two-thirds of the core collection reflect her personal decisions and taste. It was also during this time that she decided to broaden the scope of the collection. To that end, she proceeded to purchase additional works by such modern masters as Cézanne, Degas, Picasso, Renoir, Seurat, and van Gogh. Concurrently, she assembled a significant group of works by important American artists including Eakins, Hassam, Homer, Peto, and Ryder.

While the majority of the objects comprising the permanent collection were the result of the efforts of Louis and Charlotte Hyde, the collection continues to grow through donations and acquisitions.

If one could survey the history of The Hyde Collection topographically, several high points would quickly present themselves. For example, our own “High Peaks” would most certainly include:

March 27, 1952 – Charlotte Hyde adopted the Trust Agreement that formalized her vision of the future Museum and established our mission;

November 3, 1963 –The Museum officially opened its doors to the public;

June 7, 1964 David Smith: Sculpture and Drawings opened, becoming the first temporary exhibition held at the new Museum;

October 1, 1985 – The Hyde was awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums, signaling a demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of professionalism; and

November 10, 1989 The Education Wing was completed, transforming The Hyde Collection into a modern museum complex and fundamentally broadening the scope of our mission.

Individually, these events each clearly identified a new beginning. But of more importance, when viewed in series they underscore an evolving vision of the Museum and its ability to embrace a larger role within our community. On Saturday May 22, 2004 The Hyde commemorated another new beginning. After eighteen months of expansion, renovation, and restoration we celebrated the completion of the Comprehensive Plan. Along the way, we marked the establishment of a $400,000 endowment fund for conservation and the realization of a 6,600 square foot addition of capacity-building space.

Hyde House reopened embodying the finest combination of tradition and innovation. Outside, its exterior was completely restored. Inside, a historic Furnishing Plan was implemented and enhanced by new task and fiber optic lighting throughout the house. In addition, an updated, state-of-the-art security system and a new fire detection and suppression system were installed. Following years of research, months of execution, and extraordinary staff dedication and effort, we are thrilled to share our progress with all of you.

Certainly, this work has aimed at improving the visitor’s experience – artistically and educationally. But as we reintroduce ourselves to the Capital Region, we are hopeful that your experience will also include a sense of pride. The Hyde’s trustees and professional staff want you to be proud of your Museum, to view it as a responsive and responsible institution focused upon its mission, the stewardship of its collections, and the needs of a growing constituency. Ultimately, that is our goal and reason for being.

The Hyde Collection is thrilled to share its process and progress with you.

Visitor Information

Hyde Staff:
For a complete listing of Hyde Staff, visit the Contact Us page of this web site.

City of Glens Falls information:

Individual Tours:
Docent-guided tours are offered for the Degas & Music exhibition on Thursday, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 3PM.

School Tours:
Educational tours at The Hyde are designed to meet the New York State Learning Standards. Contact Courtney Roberts,museum educator at518-792-1761, ext.17 or For more information, click here: School Tours.

Group Tours: There is a charge of $6 per person for docent-led tours of historic Hyde House. For an additional $3 per person the Degas & Music exhibition may be included in your visit. The last tour of the day is at 3PM. For more information or toschedule a tour, contact the Museum Educator at 518-792-1761, ext. 17. Reservations are needed prior to groups or motor coach tours visiting The Hyde Collection. For more information click here: Group Tours or contact the museum educator at 518-792-1761, ext. 17, or .

Visits with young children: – Planning a visit to The Hyde? Nervous about bringing your young children to a historic house? Don’t be. This simple guide will help you plan your visit and bolster your confidence about visiting with your family. Just download, print, and review the guide before you arrive.

Handicapped accessible.
Wheel chair available upon request.

Parking is available on Warren Street and behind the Museum. Handicapped parking is located in front of Hyde House.


From the South:
Take Exit 24 off NYS Thruway to I-87N. Travel north on I-87. Take Exit 18,turn right off the ramp, traveling east toward Glens Falls. Follow cultural attractions signs into downtown Glens Falls (you will also be following the blue hospital signs). Take Hudson Avenue and continue past the Glens Falls Hospital to the downtown intersectionof Rt. 9 & Rt. 32. — Proceedonto the traffic rotary following Rt. 32 . Get off the second exit of the traffic rotary (Rte 32 N), Warren Street.The Museum is located five blocks down on the right, just past the Armory building.

From the North:
Take I-87S to Exit 18 to Glens Falls. Proceed following directions abovehaving madea left turn off the ramp.

To get driving directions from MAPQUEST click here.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM
Sunday, 12 – 5PM
Closed Mondays and all national holidays. Call to confirm programs.

The Hyde Collection
161 Warren St., Glens Falls
New York 12801
Phone: 518-792-1761
Fax: 518-792-9197

Admission to Hyde House free,
donations welcomed.
Special exhibition rates may apply.
There is a fee for group tours.

Museum Store
Open during regular
Museum hours.
Phone: 518-792-1761, ext. 31

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River Rafting Lake George

River Rafting Lake George

River Rafting Lake George

River Rafting Lake George

Hudson River Rafting Company specializes in group rafting trips. School groups, scouts, corporate outings, religious groups, camp groups, family reunions, an order of nuns looking to get away from it all – you name it, we’ve taken them down the river. Whitewater rafting is a great way to build team work and leadership skills. Our guides are trained to work with diverse groups of people and can help you accomplish the goals your group sets out for the day. There’s nothing like being on the river to relax, bond and get reenergized. We have special group rates each season. We also provide camping behind our Hudson River base camp and depending on the size of the group are willing to arrange transportation to and from the river if needed and if not already offered, an after rafting barbeque. Give us a call so we can help you plan a great outdoor experience!


All clothing and gear is available at our base camps.

SPRING & FALL RAFTING (Hudson, Moose, & Black Rivers)
We recommend each person bring the following for cold weather rafting. Adjust these recommendations to your personal needs. If you tend to be cold, bring more warm clothing. We’ll start from the bottom up.

  • Fleece or wool socks – we provide neoprene booties, but you’ll need thin wool socks underneath. No cotton socks.
  • Thermal underwear – (polypropylene, thermax, or acrylic – NOT COTTON) During April and May fleece tops work well.
  • Windbreaker or splash top – this will be your first line of defense against the water. * Fleece or wool hat – must be able to fit under your helmet. Skull caps work the best.
  • Neoprene gloves – Can be rented at Hudson River Rafting..

SUMMER RAFTING (Sacandaga, Hudson & Black Rivers)

  • T-Shirt & Shorts
  • Bathing Suit and T-shirt for river (will get wet)
  • Old sneakers, water shoes, sandals, Teva’s (NO flip-flops)


  • Eyeglass string
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel – for drying off.
  • You wear the clothes out that you wear in.


  • Waterproof camera – We sell these!
  • Food – For those with special dietary concerns or allergies.
  • Snorkel

Lower Hudson River Gorge – Raft, Tube, Ducky, Canoe – Lake Luzerne Base- 518-696-2964
Buttermilk to Lake Luzerne – 7 miles – 3 hours – $45.00/Group of 10+ – $40/person
1,000 Acres to Lake Luzerne – 10 miles – 5 hours – $65.00/Group of 10+ – $60/person
Thurman Bridge to Lake Luzerne – 18 miles – $75.00/Group of 10+ – $65/person
Call to customize your Lower Hudson River Gorge trip- by reservation only
Wetsuit Rental – $10.00
Barbeque – $12.00 – $15.00

In the center of Lake Luzerne our rafting base camp sits on the narrowest point on the Hudson River -Rockwell Falls Water Park is the first waterfall on the mighty Hudson River.  Seven miles upstream we launch our rafts at Buttermilk giving us a scenic lazy float down to Lake Luzerne.  The Lower Hudson River Gorge gives people the peace and tranquility of a wild river.

To make the trip longer, we continue upstream to 1,000 Acre Ranch giving you more time to float on this peaceful river section class I water – moving current.

Warrensburg Thurman Bridge to Lake Luzerne will take all day to paddle. People who want to relax can make this a two day canoe or raft trip. The trip starts below the confluence of the Schroon River. You have to start early (9:00 am) to complete this lazy 18 mile Lower Hudson River Gorge trip.

Call for reservations and pick up your river toy – Raft, Tube, Ducky or Canoe

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Fort William Henry Lake George

Fort William Henry Lake George

Fort William Lake George

Fort William Lake George

Fort William Henry is a reconstruction of the site of the dramatic battle that took place in 1757, between the French troops, under Marquis de Montcalm, and the English who were defending the fortress under the command of Lt. Colonel George Monroe.  This is the fort that figured prominently in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.

he Fort William Henry is open from 9 am -6 pm daily, May – October

$14.95 adult
$7.95 children 3-11, under 3 free
$12.95 senior (62 +) and active military

*Rates include NYS Tax 7%

Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. AAA discount also available.

Guided Tours:
Guided tours are conducted every hour on the hour with the last tour beginning at 5 pm.

Fort William Lake George

Fort William Lake George

You will meet a guide dressed in 18th century military costume to begin your tour.  The guide will explain the weapons and warfare of the period including conducting live firing demonstrations of musket and cannon along with a musket ball molding demonstration.  Following your guided tour, a self guided tour will take you through the museum and its many exhibits.

Following each tour, children are invited to Join the Kings Army.
“Soldiers” are given a uniform, musket and a chance to drill with the guide.  After “firing” the musket, participants will be given a certificate signing them up as soldiers and a coin for payment.

Also located within the courtyard, you will find a Native American demonstrating crafts such as leather work and beading.  You are invited to participate and also to listen to stories of the significance of the crafts and of the Native peoples in the area.  Children can make their own necklaces at our beading table to take home as a souvenier of their visit.

Fort William Henry is conveniently located on Route 9 just south of Lake George Village. From Interstate 87, take Exit 21 to the Village. The Fort is located on the north (right) side of the road. Parking is available near the Fort behind Bella Luna.

Buses and groups are welcome.

Sutler Shop:
After visiting the fort, stop by the Sutler Shop for a great selection of Fort William Henry and Lake George souvenirs, books, toys, candy, high quality replica muskets and cannon, clothing and unique gifts.  Located inside the fort, the Sutler Shop is open to the public (fort admission not required) 9:00am – 6:00pm daily, May – October.

Education Programs

Group Tours:

Fort William Henry provides school, scout and bus groups with an age appropriate tour of the Fort including the following:

  • Short introductory film of the fort’s history
  • Costumed guide meets yourgroup to begin the guided tour
  • Musket loading and firing demonstration
  • Cannon firing demonstration
  • Musket ball molding demonstration
  • Self guided tour of museum and exhibits
  • On-site gift shop with souvenirs, books and gifts

A group is 15 people or more. Each group receives 2 complimentary admissions per group.

Lake George Education Tour:

The LGET is a great way to expeirience the sights, sounds and history of the Lake George area.  The Educational Tour includes:

  • Teacher information package sent before visit
  • Short introductory film of the fort’s history
  • Costumed guide to meet your group to begin the guided tour
  • Musket loading and firing demonstration
  • Cannon firing demonstration
  • Seld guided tour of museum and exhibits
  • 1 hour cruise on board the Mohican or Minnie-Ha-Ha of the Lake George Steamboat Company
  • Snack bar open on board the Steamboat for lunch
  • A complimentary beverage on board (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda)
  • Ice cream or candy treat after returning to shore
  • Gift shop available with souvenirs, books and gifts

One free adult admission with every ten (10) paid student admissions.

All Groups:

  • Fort Admission is valid all day, so you can come and go as you please.
  • Boxed lunch is available- call ahead for reservations.

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Lake George NY Festivals

Lake George hosts many events and does a great job at every one. Two favorites are Americade in June and the Adirondack Nationals in September. You just can’t beat walking around town seeing thousands of beautiful vehicles with the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George. The streets are filled with people having fun and there are plenty of restaurants and gift shops. Even if you don’t want to pay to get into the official event, the whole town is really an event, itself.

Americade is a week long event centered around the sport and beauty of motorcycles. This is not like Sturgis, so don’t worry about bringing the kids. Whether you sign up for the event and attend all the activities or just go for a day, it is impossible not be impressed with the number of bikes of all makes, models and eras. You’ll see riders who are the weekend warriors, the long time bikers and the newer crop of sport bikers. What is equally impressive is how friendly everyone is in the mix. Nighttime gets a little wilder but it’s always safe and you can just relax and have a great time.

The Adirondack Nationals is a similar event for classic cars. They come from all over and the quality of the restorations is unbelievable. People are friendly and you can learn or just look. You can talk to owners about technical things or draw out the stories of how they got the cars. Either aspect can bring tears to your eyes. And speaking of that, you’ll see some phenomenal paint jobs. You can just hear the cha-ching behind every one! Google Americade and Adirondack Nationals to get more info. If you have even ounce of “gearhead” in your blood, you will enjoy these events.


9 Rising Stars at The Wood~Gala Performance

9 Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip~Concert

16 Armed Forces Day Concert

16 Bluegrass Concert

22-24 & 29-31 Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine

28-31 Lake Elvis Festival

29-31 ESTRA Tow Truck Convention

May 29-June 7 Warrensburg Motorcycle Rally

May 30-June 6 Warrensburg Bike Week


1-6 Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally Feeder 6 Canal Canoe & Kayak Race

6-7 Wings Falls Quilt Show~Seasons for the Adirondacks

7 Northeast Customs Car Show

7 Prospect Mtn POW/MIA Memorial Service~40th Anniversary

13 Adirondack Outkasts Car Show

27 Christmas in June~Truck Convoy Parade

13-14 LARAC Arts Festival

13-14 Zonta Country Faire

17-20 Hudson Valley Firemen’s Convention~120th Annual

20 Daggett Dog Days

26-27 North Country Triathlon

26-28 Summer Fest


4 Strawberry Festival & Bazaar

7-12 American Legion Baseball Tournament

9 Kelly Miller Circus

11 Bike MS: Follow the Foothills

17-18 Lake George Community Band Festival

18-19 Priory Garage Sale

24-25 Smoke Eater’s Jamboree

25 Quadricentennial Float-By

28 Matt Finley & Rio Jazz Concert


1-2 4 on 4 Volleyball Tournament

1-2 Hague Arts Fair & Farmers’ Market

5 Mendelssohn Chamber Music~Phil Kates

7-9 Stony Creek Mountain Festival

9 Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament & Picnic

15 Luzerne Chamber Players Celebrating Degas

16 Ididaride~ Adirondack Bike Tour

19-23 Lake George Family Festival~Craft Fair

20-21 Jimmy Webb~Concert

21 Downtown Luau~50th Anniversary Hawaii Statehood

21-23 Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival

22 Lake George Rendezvous~Antique & Classic Boat Show


6 Fabulous Folk Festival

11-13 Adirondack Nationals Car Show

11-13 Adirondack Vette Fest

12 Celtic Music & Arts Festival

12-13 Fiddlers’ Jamboree

16 Mysteries, Murder & Scandal in Warren County

19 Lake George Triathlon

19-20 Lake George Jazz Weekend

24 Downtown Balloon Festival Party

24-27 Adirondack Balloon Festival

26 Glens Falls Cemetery Tour

26-27 Lake George Craft Festival

27 Taste of the North Country ~Restaurant Samplings


3-4 Lake George Blues Blast

3-4 World’s Largest Garage Sale

10 Gore Mountain Harvest Festival

19 Halloween Pug Party & Parade~10th Annual

25 Fall Coin, Stamp & Collectible Show

31-November 1 New York State Cheer, Total Cheer & Dance Competition


1 Autumn Leaves~Chronicle Book Fair

20-22 NYSPHSAA Girls’ Volleyball Tournament

27-29 North Country Festival of Trees

27-29 Tony DeSare in Concert


3 Silver Christmas Tea

5-6 Christmas in Warrensburgh~20th Annual

12 Christmas with The King~Elvis Tribute Artists

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Things to do in Lake George NY

Searching for a fun vacation for our family,  I happened upon the Lake George area by chance and boy, am I ever glad I did! We usually gravitate toward New England but our family just came back from  the best time at Lake George Village. We happened to stay at the Georgian Inn right on the lake. The view of the lake surrounded by mountains was gorgeous. The pool was clean and fun. The main strip, Canada St, is full of people visiting the shops and restaurants.  There is so much to do!  Actually, the whole strip.. Canada St or Rt 9 is packed with shops, hotels, motels, restaurants and places for kids to have fun. There is Water World, Great Escape Six Flags, golf courses, music fesitvals on the lake, misc miniature golf and adventure areas. Outlet shopping is just south of the village .My kids took a parasail ride over Lake George and kayaked. You can rent waverunners, pontoon boats or small boats with just a drivers license and an age restriction. There are various boat trips up and down the narrow lake, some of which are steamships. It’s very scenic and historic as just north of Lake George Village was “Millionaire’s Row” with some of the old mansions still there along the lake. We actually added on 2 more days to take advantage of the great fun family atmosphere. The whole village is full of life and activity but still has a small town feel. It is a great place for families, couples, retirees…..actually everyone!  It is definitely a place we will go again and again.

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