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Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Address: 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone Number: +1 845-338-0071
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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White Oak, Shipwrights, and Varnish: Wooden Boat Building on the Hudson

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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

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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right on Rondout Creek, in Kingston. A small museum, dedicated to the maritime history of the Hudson River, definitely worth visiting before or after eating at one of the surrounding seafood restaurants. Kids will love it, and adults will find it very interesting. Close to the trolley museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is at the heart of the Kingston waterfront renaissance. Featuring interesting exhibits on tugboats, steamboats, and lighthouses, the museum also is home to the Riverport Wooden Boat School. The museum is open 7 days a week, 11 am to 5 pm, April 30th, 2016 through November 25th, 2016. During the rest of the year, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a relatively small museum dedicated to the maritime history of the Hudson. Given it;s small size, it has a large collection of artifacts and covers Hidson river lighthouses, recreational boating, ice boating, ferries, and the early Dutch explorers. It is located in the center of Kingston on the waterfront, near Old Kingston with it's shops and restaurants. A... More 

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved learning about the local history! Great place to bring the family or even wander around on your own. We go every summer & bring guests who are visiting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hudson River Maritime museum is a little gem tucked away in Kingston, NY. Excellent day trip from North Jersey. Very pretty location, lots of local history, well presented. Totally enjoyable day. Had lunch next door on the river, just beautiful.

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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We stopped here during a tour through the Kingston area. I wasn't quite sure what we would see since we have done quite a few different nautical themed tours over the years. I thought worst case we would have a place to kill about 2 hours until our dinner reservation. I was pleasantly surprised. When we first walked in it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A reasonably priced museum with much more to offer than its seemingly small size. An amazing insight into life in Kingston and on the Hudson in days gone by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Museum has added a ship building school to it's operation on the beautiful Rondout Creek , you can learn how to build sailing ships and see how it's all done. The Museum is also the winter home for the Clearwater, go back in time and see how life was on the river years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

For $7 this was very entertaining. The exhibits on the tug boats were very interesting. We had to pull ourselves away from the tugboat history movie. I also liked the ice harvesting exhibit. The lighthouse exhibit was also enjoyable. We spent about 2 hours in there and it did not seem like it was that long.

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