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Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401
+1 845-338-0071
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Great Waterfront Local History Museum

A wonderful source of information about the Hudson River, particularly focused on the local area... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Poughkeepsie, New York
Nice museum if you are in the area

Looking for a maritime museum I found this online. About two hours from where I live I decided to... read more

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Frank R
Budd Lake, New Jersey
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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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50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401
+1 845-338-0071
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Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful source of information about the Hudson River, particularly focused on the local area. A great collection of artifacts describing the part that the river played in the history, growth and development of the region. Plan to spend at least 1.5 to two hours...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a maritime museum I found this online. About two hours from where I live I decided to give it a try. It is mostly about commerce on the Hudson with some recreational displays. I found it interesting but know that it is mostly...More

Thank Frank R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've spent many days in the museum. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The attractions show so much of the local history of the river, with pictures and artifacts

Thank lkjay
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We visited here after booking a nearby campground. I called in advance and the employee I spoke to was very helpful. They have a family rate of $20 which I thought was a good deal. We arrived on Thursday, May 18th. It's located in Kingston,...More

1  Thank MdKal
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

2  Thank bravefilius
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.

2  Thank Diane B
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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

2  Thank MDeGroodt
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.

2  Thank MKS2486
Reviewed 14 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...More

2  Thank jeanieant
Reviewed 22 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.

1  Thank mrsagf
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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