Curatorial Collections

Reflective of HHV's mission of preserving and interpreting the history and culture of the Hudson River Valley in order to better understand the people of the past, the museum's collections are far-ranging in scope and include significant objects associated with the people who once lived and worked at these historic sites.

Included are more than 16,000 objects dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, comprising one of the best-documented collections of decorative art in the Hudson Valley. No institution can offer a more comprehensive view of the region's material culture. The importance of the collections lies partly in the fact that over 65% are original family possessions exhibited in situ. Their breadth and high level of documentation make them an essential educational resource for students and scholars of American history and material culture.

Selections from the Collection

 Shaving basin

Shaving basin
c. 1725
Porcelain (hard-paste)

 Pillow; Unknown

Pillow; Unknown
r. 1800 - 1899
Silk, yarn (wool), linen)

 Medicine chest

Medicine chest
1700 - 1733
Steel, glass, pewter, paper, pine, walnut

 Sweetmeat dish Derby

Sweetmeat dish Derby
Pottery Works 1800 - 1825 Porcelain (soft-paste)

 

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