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Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401
+1 845-338-0071
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Nice museum, great ride to the Rondout Lighthouse

We went to this museum mainly to get the ride to the Rondout Lighthouse. The museum itself is small... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Little Neck, New York
We love the Hudson Maritime Museum in Kingston!

It's much more then a museum. It's History as well as progress. With the Clear Water's dock next... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Esopus, New York, United States
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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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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401
+1 845-338-0071
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to this museum mainly to get the ride to the Rondout Lighthouse. The museum itself is small but very nice with interesting exhibits on the history of Hudson Ferries and lighthouses. The models of various boats in the museum are expertly crafted and...More

Thank ElGreco75
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's much more then a museum. It's History as well as progress. With the Clear Water's dock next door and the new wooden boat school it has so much to offer. Sailing lessons or camp fir kids it's great.

Thank Katrinany40
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice museum with plenty of Hudson River boat history. The first section of the building is filled with intricate models of historical river boats. The artistry and detail is very impressive. It also had a number of actual boats and lighthouse lamps....More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Maritime Museum is an nice place to visit if you are interested in the history of shipping on the Hudson River. There are many interesting exhibits which chronical the major role the shipping industry played in the development along the Hudson. There are lots...More

1  Thank Robert I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maritime museum is filled with artifacts of life on the Hudson River, mostly from the past. Model boats. Authentic wooden ice sailing boats. The rondout area is interesting historically. Many ships were repaired here and a few still are, old world wooden boats. Now there...More

1  Thank annette j
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small maritime museum, agreeably welcoming. It makes good connections with Kingston, which was once an important harbour and shipbuilding centre, and the exhibits help bring Kingston's history to life. We particularly liked the ice yacht, which inspired a somewhat unrealistic aspiration to...More

1  Thank Alan G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hudson river Maritime Museum in Kingston contains many important artifacts that are representative of the importance of the Hudson River. Located right on the harbor, our small boat docked right next to the museum, which made visiting it and going into town very easy!

1  Thank StuartGustafson
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Has a lot of interesting stuff of Hudson River history. Boat building school attached to the museum and can learn a lot of history.good to visit with family and kids.

Thank Venkatbuddiga
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

They had a lot of artifacts for a small museum. Very informative about the Hudson River history, it's industry, ecosystem and steamboats. Right on the water.

1  Thank Chris N
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The museum features some of the best ship models, that I have seen. It is a self-guided "take your time" experience. Two things to note: there is a free parking area although the sign is confusing and if using google maps gps one might get...More

1  Thank JohnHistory
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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