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Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center

Edward Hopper, b 1882- d 1967
82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960 - view on Google Maps
845-358-0774
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“In every artist’s development the germ of the later work is always found in the earlier. The nucleus around which the artist’s intellect builds his work is himself: and this changes little from birth to death. What he was once, he always is, with slight modifications. Changing fashions in methods or subject matter alter him little or not at all.”
—Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper House is the birthplace and family home of artist Edward Hopper. It served as his primary residence for his first 28 years and it is where he became an artist. The Edward Hopper House & Study Center now celebrates and advances the legacy of Edward Hopper through art, artifacts and exhibitions.

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A visit to the Edward Hopper House provides a much deeper understanding of the artist and his work. There one can experience many of the same features that so inspired Hopper, including the shafts of sunlight that cut through the windows, the distinctive architecture of the house and nearby buildings, and the ever-changing light reflected on the river visible from his bedroom window.

Edward Hopper’s birthplace and family home was built in 1858 by the artist's maternal grandfather. The house served as Hopper’s primary residence until he was 28 years old, when he moved to New York City to pursue his artistic career. Although he no longer resided in the house after 1910, his sister, Marion, lived there until her death in 1965 and Hopper visited throughout his life.

Growing up in the house provided a rich source of inspiration for young Edward. He had a view of the Hudson River from his bedroom window and spent many hours at the village docks and shipyards, sketching and watching the boatbuilding activities. His passion for the boats and boatbuilding, together with his appreciation of the local architecture, river views, and the distinct quality of Hudson River light, all significantly impacted his artistic development.

Marion, Edward, and his wife, Josephine, died in 1965, 1967, and 1968 respectively and are all buried in a family plot at Nyack's Oak Hill Cemetery. After Marion’s death, the house sat vacant and neglected. With demolition imminent, a group of local citizens raised the money to purchase and restore the house. The Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation (now the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center) was incorporated in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ground floor is now a vibrant exhibition space featuring exhibitions related to Edward Hopper and artists who contribute to his enduring legacy. Concerts, lectures, and special events take place throughout the year. The ground floor gift shop includes books, posters, and card relating to Hopper. The second floor comprises a re-creation of Edward Hopper’s bedroom, a Teen Lab/Family Workshop Studio, and the Riley Family Reading Room study center, which houses the Hopper-Sanborn Family Archive.

Did you know...?

Young Edward Hopper was so captivated by ships and water that he once considered pursuing a career in naval architecture.

SPECIAL RESOURCES

The Riley Family Reading Room houses the study center and the Hopper-Sanborn Family Archive. The space serves as a valuable resource for those interested in learning about the artist, with monographs and catalogues on Edward Hopper as well as an in-depth collection of archival materials relating to Edward Hopper and the Hopper family.

WHAT TO DO HERE

  • View the site's changing exhibitions
  • Go on one of the guided docents tours
  • Take the self-guided Walking Tour of Edward Hopper’s Nyack
  • Bring the family to a weekend “Hop into Art” workshop
  • Come for one of the monthly First Friday openings and art talks
  • Join one of the monthly Walk in Wednesdays talks for seniors
  • Participate in one of the numerous area school programs
  • Attend the annual summer outdoor jazz concert series
  • Enjoy the summer outdoor film series
  • Experience outdoor sculpture in the backyard garden