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Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Address: 50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
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+1 845-338-0071
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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Great Place to Spend a Rainy Day

I went to visit the museum to see their exhibit on Hudson River Lighthouses. They had a whole room designated for this and it was excellent. They had a wall mural, numerous... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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fishkill, ny
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to visit the museum to see their exhibit on Hudson River Lighthouses. They had a whole room designated for this and it was excellent. They had a wall mural, numerous lenses, a fantastic model of the old Rondout Light, and a video showing you what it is like inside that lighthouse. Also in the museum were great models... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This museum starts and ends in a very small gift shop. The museum is larger than it would appear and is self guided so lots of reading and videos to watch. Was enjoyable way to spend a few hours if you like history.

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great place to stop into and visit while your visiting the waterfront in Kingston. Historical city to see.

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Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

What an impressive surprise. The museum is quite extensive with some excellent, well-curated exhibits. We explored for 2-3 hours. Right in the Rondout area with great restaurants, galleries, and a pretty walkway along the creek.

1 Thank MKS2486
Kingston, New York
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The displays are always well done and things for the children to see and do. Once you've toured the museum and walked the waterfront there, you can hop on the trolley that stops at the museum and take an interesting ride out to Kingston Point Park via the railway.

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washington dc
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

First stop on our exploration of the Hudson River Valley, this small museum exceeded our expectations. An interesting and important review of how important the River was to many industries and many livelihoods. Uses all kinds of media, including boats, to tell the story.

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Nice museum with interesting artifacts. Great way to spend some time while in the hudsom valley. Definitely recommended

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

A lot to offer this small museum on the Hudson. Vintage photos of river life, tugs and steamboats pulling barges of coal from the mines of Pennsylvania, via the D & H canal, to supply NY City and Albany. A time line of development along the Hudson is interesting along with all the lighthouses on the river. There are boat... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We visited on a rainy day. Good decision. The museum tells the story of transportation on the Hudson River from the perspective of the people who worked the river. Lots of memorabilia, photos, ship models, and other artifacts from the tugboat operators and lighthouse keepers. A fun and interesting way to spend two hours. Check the website for special events... More 

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

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.

Thank Kathy W

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