GLENS FALLS- The Hyde Collection will be temporarily closed to the public from Jan. 4 through May 1, 2021, due to the rise in coronavirus cases.
“Our first and most pressing priority always is to protect our staff and visitors,” said Hyde Chief Executive Officer Norman E. Dascher, Jr. in a statement.
During the winter, the Hyde will undergo maintenance projects and its offices will remain open, though with reduced hours and staffing. Four employees will be furloughed and the remaining eight will work on limited schedules.
The Hyde is one of many national and local art institutions that have closed recently because of the pandemic. Schenectady’s miSci announced that it was closing temporarily earlier this month; the New York State Museum, State Library and State Archives are temporarily closed as is the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.
“The Hyde’s mission is to make art accessible to our community, but we believe the most prudent step we can take right now is to pause public visits and look forward to the better days that we hope will come this spring,” Dascher said.
Upon re-opening, the museum will host an exhibit called “The Very Best of The Hyde,” featuring some of the most popular works from its permanent collection of nearly 4,000 objects.
During the next few weeks, The Hyde is open to the public by appointment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 18-20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, Sunday, Dec. 27; and Saturday, Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan. 3. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Reservations should be made in advance online at hydecollection.org.