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Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
+1 845-338-0071
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Nice little Museum with lots of history

Spent about 2-3 hours reading every exhibit. Was the only one there! Lots of history, ship models... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arlington, Virginia
Very interesting

Small waterside museum that shows historical info for the Hudson River and nearby waterways... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stony Point, New York
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent about 2-3 hours reading every exhibit. Was the only one there! Lots of history, ship models, videos. Definitely worth a visit. And stop by the wooden boat workshop next door as well!

Thank jdballou
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small waterside museum that shows historical info for the Hudson River and nearby waterways. Exhibits included historical ferries and day liners. Worth the visit.

Thank SteveLandco
Reviewed 3 November 2017

We spent about 90 minutes looking at the video, models of boats, and displays here. There are many interesting exhibits to see. The information about the explorer, Henry Hudson, the history of the river, the ice harvesting industry, and living and working at a lighthouse...More

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately we arrived about half an hour before the museum was set to close, but the staff allowed us to go in for free as we were only going to be able to squeeze in a cursory glance at the exhibits. The inside of the...More

1  Thank Teresa F
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is a great little museum down on the water front that is full of wonderful history about cruising the Hudson River. Lots of information, models, videos about the ships of the day, how people lived, goods that were moved.

1  Thank sharoncV7586HL
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The Museum offers a great perspective of maritime life on the Hudson River. The displays are well done and varied. It is spacious, clean and informative. The staff is very friendly. There is a small gift shop on site as well. They offer tours of...More

1  Thank JudyMetroNYCarea
Reviewed 6 October 2017

A very complete rendition of the history and culture of the Hudson River, illustrated by artifacts, models and audio/video presentations. A more complete experience than the modest admission fee would suggest.

Thank CatskillBob
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This museum is a must see if your into nostalgia. Kids have fun operating an old steam engine, have their pictures taken behind a billboard and look into a 1890 steam driven tugboat.

Thank CaptPixalot
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Especially interesting museum. Great info about the river, the Indians, the wildlife and the famous boats. Powered by new solar cells. The launch point for the light house tour. The history of the D& H and Erie canals. Great for any history buff. Great info...More

Thank Safetyguy_328
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Vern nice museum, great exhibits very clean and nicely done, we really could have used a little more time to investigate a little further, but we had a boat to catch. The exhibit of the light houses on the Hudson River has me wanting to...More

Thank sallyg899
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Picture June Lighthouse Tours JUNE 27-28. Join us for Rondout Lighthouse tours on Hudson River Day and a Two Lighthouse Tour with Rondout and Esopus Meadows Lighthouses and a boxed lunch. Book your Rondout Lighthouse tour... More