The Hyde Collection is a product of the golden age of the private art collector (c. 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 part of the legacy of dedicated art collectors 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.
The Museum’s founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a fifty-year period of avid and highly informed collecting and many of these works are displayed in Hyde House, the founders’ former home. The permanent collection consists of approximately 3,300 paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts, including furniture and textiles. They acquired Old Master paintings and drawings by such artists as Botticelli, Claude Lorrain, El Greco, Rembrandt, and Rubens.
The Hydes also assembled a significant group of works by important American artists including Eakins, Hassam, Homer, Peto, Ryder, Vedder, and Whistler.
The Museum combines the intimacy of a historic house with the sophistication of a larger art museum complex. Three galleries offer a changing schedule of world-class exhibitions throughout the year. With a focus on education, we encourage children and family participation in art activities, guided tours, and special programming throughout the year.