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“Not what advertised”

Hudson River Maritime Museum
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Riverport Boat Building School at HRMM ​Riverport YouthBoat is designed to empower youth, build character and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities. At the Riverport Wooden Boat School, students from diverse backgrounds work alongside skilled shipwrights and craftspeople. Through the boatbuilding process, students put STEM skills to work as they follow building plans, use specialized tools and materials, and solve problems. Riverport YouthBoat is funded by private donors and foundations to ensure all high-school aged children (14-18) have an opportunity to participate. Students must provide their own transportation and must complete an application and interview process before being accepted into the program. HRMM Exhibits 2017: The Modeler's Craft: An Artisan's View of Hudson River Boats Our new exhibit for 2017, "The Modeler's Craft" showcases boat models from the Hudson River Maritime Museum's collection, as well as exceptional models on loan from other organizations, including Friends of Historic Kingston and the Newburgh Historical Society. Featuring the West Gallery exhibit (above) and the "Charlie Niles Model Shop" in the rear of the East Gallery, this exhibit was made possible by generous support from Russell & Allynne Lange, Scenic Arts Studio, and The Estate of Charles Niles. 2017: Charlie Niles Model Shop Charlie Niles was a longtime supporter of the museum and over the years he donated a number of his tiny models of Hudson River Boats. A retired jeweler and watchmaker, Charlie made models as a hobby. When he sadly passed away at the age of 93 in 2015, his family generously donated the remainder of his model collection as well as his work desk to the museum. We have now recreated his workshop in the "Charlie Niles Model Shop," which also features open storage of the many models in the museum's collection. This installation will become part of our permanent exhibit in the East Gallery. 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.
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Valatie, New York
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not what advertised”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

My husband and I went to Hurley NY for Stone House Day and realized the Maritime Museum was very close so we went there. I had a brochure that stated you could get a boat trip to the lighthouse and see the museum. When we got there the gentleman selling tickets informed us that they haven't done the lighthouse tour in years. It was very disappointing since I love light houses. We decided since we were there we would see the museum. They had a lot of interesting history of the type of boats that have navigated the Hudson River over the years, Most of the displays are pictures or models. If in the area it is somewhat interesting but I wouldn't drive to Kingston NY just to see it.

Visited July 2013
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HRMM, Public Relations Manager at Hudson River Maritime Museum, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Sherrill999,



Thank you for your review of our museum. Unfortunately we have not been able to offer lighthouse tours so far this summer because this past spring (2013) the boat company we had worked with for many years decided to sell the boat we used to take to the lighthouse. We have been trying to find a replacement vessel since then, but finding a medium-sized passenger vessel in the area is harder than you would think. I don’t know why our volunteer in the gift shop told you we haven’t done tours for many years, since we did tours just last year and also some tours for school groups this past spring but I will make sure the correct information gets distributed. We are still actively trying to find an appropriately sized, inspected and insured vessel to take to the lighthouse but until then I’m afraid we cannot offer regular tours. I hope that when we are finally able to offer tours again, you will come back and visit us. Maybe for Stone House Day next year? Thank you again for your review and our apologies that you were unable to visit the lighthouse this time.
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Clarksville, New York
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15 reviews
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“Part of the river's history”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

i stopped with my granddaughter on the way back from Hyde Park and it was a very interesting part of the river history that I was unfamiliar with but unfortunately the museum was a little worn.

Visited August 2012
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Woodstock, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“A great little museum, packed with tons of history and artifacts,”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

A great little museum, packed with tons of history and artifacts --- everything from the history of ferry boats on the Hudson, to lighthouse artifacts, and ice sailing! Who knew?

Visited July 2012
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New Paltz, New York
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“An overview of important local (and American) history”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

The museum shows how local business impacted the region, state, and country in many important ways. Had exhibits on brick making, cement, fishing, coal transportation, ice, produce, and tourism, and how the Hudson River played an important part in the transportation of those things to NYC and beyond. Many models of ferryboats, cargo ships, and passenger steamers are on display. There are photos of the lighthouses on the Hudson, and one is literally just down the creek from the museum. There is an old tugboat on the grounds, and it is slowly being restored. A new building is being erected as the winter storage of the sloop Clearwater. Well worth the time to read all the descriptions on the exhibits. The small gift shop has quality items.

Visited September 2012
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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“History!!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went to a lecture one evening on the history of local buildings. The museum itself is very informative and I loved the whole atmosphere. The lecture was wonderful and they served drinks and cookies beforehand. They have a great gift shop with lots of memorabilia of the area.
It is located in a revived older section of town with lots of restaurants and shops to wander about.

Visited August 2012
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