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Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Address: 50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
Phone Number: +1 845-338-0071
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

White Oak, Shipwrights, and Varnish: Wooden Boat Building on the Hudson


White Oak, Shipwrights, and Varnish: Wooden Boat Building on the Hudson

This brand new exhibit is our 2016 feature in the new Riverport Wooden Boat School. Using a number of historical artifacts on rope making, lofting, sail sewing, historic tools, and more as well as numerous historical images, this exhibit chronicles the history of wooden boat building in the Hudson River Valley with emphasis on Rondout Creek.

Rowing on the Hudson

This new exhibit in the East Gallery focuses on the history of collegiate, high school, and recreational rowing on the Hudson River as well as information about modern teams, including Kingston High School's varsity crew.

Tugboats - Workhorses of

the Hudson River

Held over for another year by popular demand, this exhibit celebrates the workhorse of the Hudson River with a hands-on, interactive replica of a tugboat pilot house along with images and information about the important work tugboats did and still do on the Hudson. This exhibit is located in the West Gallery.


The Caves & Kilns: Cement in the Hudson Valley

This new exhibit in the East Gallery chronicles the history of Rosendale cement in the Hudson Valley, including the numerous cement companies located in Kingston.

Hudson River Lighthouses:

​Past & Present


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Rondout Light, this exhibit also discusses Hudson River lights past and present. Featuring interactive exhibits, maps, models, and historic artifacts and documents. This exhibit is located in the Green Room.

East Gallery

The semi-permanent exhibits in our large East Gallery include:

Industrial history

like brickmaking, bluestone mining, wooden boat building, and ice harvesting.


Maritime history

like ice yachts, ferries and bridges, Hudson River sloops, the Hudson River Day Line and other passenger steamboats like the Mary Powell, commercial fishing including shad fishing, tugboats, and powerboat racing.


Ecological history

like Hudson River wildlife, live fish tanks, climate change, and geology.

For 2016, the museum plans to expand the curriculum to include both youth and adult boat building programs. If you are interested in receiving periodic updates on our progress and classes with the boat school, please sign up for our mailing list below! DOCKING-Dock and visit the historic Rondout waterfront, where history meets hospitality. Located just before the bridges over the Rondout Creek, we have no height limit and deep draft, 14-18 feet. We have electric hook-up: 120 volt AC as well as 30 and 50 amp service. Electric and water hook-ups are included in dock pricing. Events this year- River Day, Antique and classic boats, Maritime Cup Regatta and more...check the website for dates!The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it.Company Overview .The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints and important pieces of Hudson River vessels that have long since disappeared), and a variety.

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This Museum offers a very sucinct and interesting view of the Hudson Valley.

A visit to this museum is a MUST for anyone interested in the Hudson Valley. It offers explanations and exhibits of maritime history as well as the history of the cement and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathy W
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to this museum is a MUST for anyone interested in the Hudson Valley. It offers explanations and exhibits of maritime history as well as the history of the cement and brick industries of the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a small museum at Kingston's Historic District, by the river. The different sections present memorabilia, pictures and scenarios related to the wealthy times when goods were delivered through the Hudson from North cities of NY State to NYC. It is a self guided museum, and you will find lots of information about transportation of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in the area, but this was my first visit to the museum. It is smallish, but I think nice for those of us who may not want to spend all day at a massive spread out place like Mystic Seaport. The exhibits all relate to the Hudson and its history. Ice racing, tug boats, the Day Liner,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wealth of information and things to learn. It's small but packed with lots of information. I'm local and frequently bring visitors there as well as adding in visits ourselves, as they do change the exhibits.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're at all curious about the area and its history. the Maritime Museum is a must see. It's a little small, and the exhibits could use an update, but it's still very much worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Took some friends to Rondout to have lunch and see the Maritime Museum. It's a great place with lots of artifacts, boats and images. They now have a boat shop where wooden boats are being made. wonderful place and well worth the time to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Great museum...very thorough with presentations. Learn about tugboats, steamboats, steam engines, lighthouses, ice harvesting and brick making. Staff very knowledgable and friendly!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

You probably don't know much about the really bustling shipbuilding and shipping industry that was going gangbusters along the Rondout Creek in the 19th and first half of the 20th century....this museum doesn't look like much on the outside, but it's fascinating on the inside -- photographs, models, documents....it's just great. And then you can go out and stroll along... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This is not a large museum but contains a lot of history of the area. Staff are very knowledgeable and the museum is inside. There are displays, video and full size displays of ice racers and even an engine from a tug boat. It is right by the river and a way to spend and hour or so with very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

We stopped by out of curiosity and found ourselves having a nice talk with the staff about the history and current plans. Learned a lot.

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