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Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
+1 845-338-0071
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Interesting museum with in depth history of the area waterfront and trade, etc up and down the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephanie C
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New York City, New York
Nice collection of Hudson River history

Our cruise boat docks next to the Hudson river Maritime Museum, and they offer free admission when... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
StuartGustafson
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Boise, Idaho
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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
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50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting museum with in depth history of the area waterfront and trade, etc up and down the Hudson. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our cruise boat docks next to the Hudson river Maritime Museum, and they offer free admission when we show our name tag. There are many interesting exhibits inside, and there are books and other historical items you can purchase. If you are visiting Kingston, it's...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum! So much fascinating history of the Hudson & surrounding area.. Nicely done. Movies, artifacts, nice atmosphere!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is nice if your into reading a lot. We took the tour of the lighthouse and they boat broke down and we were waiting a long time on the light house island in a heat wave. Finally they came with a little boat...More

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zippyski50, Guest Relations Manager at Hudson River Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so sorry that you had bad experience on our Rondout Lighthouse Tours. Everyone here at the Hudson River Maritime Museum strives to ensure our guests have an enjoyable and informational visit to both the museum and the lighthouse. Unfortunately we experienced an unforeseen...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Come in & enjoy the history of all types of boats from years ago to present days. See how the Hudson River was navigated & used for many reasons. Enjoy the structures & mini models of the year's past boats that helped make our Country...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A true Hudson Valley gem. Smartly curated 'real' exhibits engaging for all ages. The Volunteers deeply care about preserving and presenting the deep Hudson Valley maritime history. I return and contribute often. Turn off your screen and dive in.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We went to the museum and did not really expect much. But were we wrong! A great museum with fantastic ship models, relics, antiques and was just awesome. The guide was wonderful. Very nice to us and eager to answer all questions. There is even...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We stopped at the museum before embarking on the boat ride nearby. It focuses on shipping and commercial use of the river and its associated canals and as such makes a nice bookend to the Yonkers Hudson River Museum, which concentrates more on ecology and...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

They did a nice job with this museum considering what it was many years ago. They keep growing the attraction so I give them a lot fo credit for their dedication and perseverance. There are some boat rides nearby so you can make a nice...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Great spot for a visit. The sloop Clearwater now makes its home here - and the programs offered through the museum are extensive. The historical information is told through a collection of items and stories that personalize the past. A wonderful location to enjoy shopping...More

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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
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