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Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
+1 845-338-0071
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History with Heart

A true Hudson Valley gem. Smartly curated 'real' exhibits engaging for all ages. The Volunteers... read more

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don d
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Poughkeepsie, New York
A Great Experience!

We went to the museum and did not really expect much. But were we wrong! A great museum with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HistoryDetective
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Otisville, 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
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50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092
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Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 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

2  Thank catskill2016
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

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!

1  Thank jdballou
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 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.

1  Thank SteveLandco
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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

2  Thank Patricia C
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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

3  Thank Teresa F
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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
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