Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Finger Lakes Boating Museum, Hammondsport: Address, Phone Number, Finger Lakes Boating Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Finger Lakes Boating Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Finger Lakes Boating Museum is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of boating and boat building in the region. Through exhibits and the FLBA(Finger Lakes Boating Academy), FLBM is providing a rich experience for all ages as the small museum grows.
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John L
Northfield, Massachusetts, United States1 contribution
Aug 2021
Took the Pat 2 boat tour on a fine Saturday morning. The restoration of the craft was done to a very high standard of workmanship. we were greeted by the captain and boarded the vessel at the public dock in Hammondsport. The tour itself was wonderful as the captain went through the history of the vessel and the work required to restore and update it to the current configuration.He also talked about the the grape/wine industry and the changes over the last 100 years. The Pat 2 is a totally electric vessel and this eliminated the droning and fumes you could expect from a gas/diesel engine. We proceeded north approximately 3-4 miles before turning south and returning to the dock. Overall it was an interesting and informative ride on the lake.
Written August 30, 2021
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youthgoes
Lewisburg, PA51 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
I came across this museum through a quick Google search after having previously visited the Curtiss Museum back in the winter. I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem! The museum tells the story of boating on the Finger Lakes, including competition, trade, sportsmanship, and boat-building. Nearly all Finger Lakes boats were made out of fine finished woods, and were produced from the late 19th century through the 1970s. Most famous of these companies would be Penn Yan and Thompson. The admission was 8 dollars for adults, which isn’t too bad for a place like this. There are 3 floors of displays featuring boats from different times and with a wide variety of usages. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and a nice little museum store rounds out the visit. Great for families and couples or individuals alike! Please visit!
Written July 4, 2020
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RidlerGirl67
Syracuse, NY277 contributions
Aug 2021
If you love old boats, you'll be in heaven. The museum is largely self-guided and you can get right up to the boats which is fantastic. During the summer thy have lots of events and don't miss the chance to ride on a restored boat on Keuka lake. We rode the Pat II, a restored 1920s mailboat, complete with solar panel technology for a clean ride. You can easily see the museum in 60-90 minutes.
Written August 30, 2021
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DonandKim74
Grand Rapids, MI24 contributions
Sep 2021
Each of the boats on display were beautifully crafted. The murals throughout set the stage for them. We were lucky enough to be there the day the 2nd building opened. Little difficult navigating other floors, signage would help.
Written January 10, 2022
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j0m4r
22 contributions
Jul 2020
I am not really into boating, but I LOVED this museum. Beautiful boats that have been restored or donated to the museum. It is in an old winery and the set up and art work on the walls around the displays is fabulous. The volunteers working on the boats are so very informative and helpful. You can walk right thru where they are restoring the boats, ask questions, and admire the fine craftsmanship. I HIGHLY recommend this stop when you are in the area.
Written July 27, 2020
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Steve S
Liverpool5 contributions
Aug 2021
Went on the Pat 2 boat tour. What a great way to start the day. The team on the the boat were great. What a beautiful way to experience the lake on such a wonderful craft.Highly recommend taking the trip. sign up early, it only seats 16.
Written August 31, 2021
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Janet H
Pittsford, NY75 contributions
Nov 2020
This museum is well worth a visit. It's only small but the boats on display are really varied and fascinating. The history given in the short video and on the displays is very interesting. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether you have an interest in boats or not. The old photos on display are wonderful.
Written November 3, 2020
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geminigirlNewYork
Lisle, NY606 contributions
Dec 2019
This was a pleasant surprise. we stopped here after going to taylor wineries. Im not really big into boats or fishing; however, this was interesting. Its on 3 levels and has a lot of displays and information. You do have to do stairs to get the one level. Otherwise, there's an elevator. Not a lot of parking ...its in back of the museum.
Written January 7, 2020
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historygrams
Charleston, SC53 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
As an avid boater, my husband was most interested in seeing this museum. Located in an old winery building, the architecture and ambiance alone would keep you interested. The community has stepped up to provide this facility for boats and 'things nautical' and have done an amazing community-inspired job.

We arrived late in the afternoon, only to find the museum was closing in 30 minutes since the decision to change closing time had been made only the previous day. With a local meeting going on, the receptionist/guide kindly offered to stay open until we were finished. Candidly, we did not take the time to explore and read every detail (as we usually would), but we felt like we had the opportunity to see a lot in the hour we did spend. The work that has gone on to restore these boats, the display efforts and obvious care taken to share the vessel histories and construction were obvious. The most telling remark was my husband's comment upon leaving that if he didn't live a thousand miles away, this was the kind of place where he would hang out in his retirement.

The camaraderie of the members was evident in the displays and restoration/construction in process. If you like boats and appreciate the craft of their construction, this is a place you will want to see.
Written November 17, 2014
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LivinglifeinPA
Allentown, PA719 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
To be honest, my spouse wanted to visit this museum. I thought that I would be totally bored with it, but not so!!!

This small, but definitely expanding, museum features a great display of the boats that were involved in the growth/development of the Finger Lakes as we know them today. There were canoes, steamboats, sailboats, inboards, and much more.

Be sure to begin your tour of the museum with the short video that is offered. It depicts the progress of boatbuilding in that area and offers insight to the many talented boat builders who helped create the unique history of the region.

There is also an area where actual boat restorations are being done. If you are as lucky as we were, you might see a volunteer working on the restoration. We talked to the volunteer for a good amount of time. He was fascinating to talk with, as his grandfather had been one of the original boatbuilders many years ago. So if you see any volunteers there, ask them about their project. Trust me, you will get an incredible insight into both the history of boatbuilding and the dedication that the volunteers embrace.

Another "not to be missed" area of the museum is in the basement. The building used to house Taylor Wines, so the huge wine casks, in addition to an awesome wine tasting room, are available to see. Unbelievable!!!!
Written September 4, 2016
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We are so pleased that you enjoyed the Museum so much and left such a wonderful review! We hope to see you again on your next visit! Thank you for the feedback!
Written September 7, 2016
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