Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston

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The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a maritime museum dedicated to the Hudson River.It is located at 50 Rondout Landing at the foot of Broadway in Kingston, New York, USA, along Rondout Creek in the city's old waterfront, just east of the John T. Loughran Bridge.Its collections are devoted to the history of shipping, boating and industry on the Hudson and its tributaries, such as the Rondout, where Kingston grew prosperous early in the 19th century as the northern end of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The city was the busiest port between New York City and Albany.The museum was founded in 1980 by local Hudson River enthusiasts, but did not move to its present property, an old boat shop, until 1983. Its exhibits include various small craft, artifacts of river steamships such as the Mary Powell, a research library, ice-harvesting tools and maps, paintings and sketches from past eras. The 1898 steam tugboat Mathilda is displayed in the yard next to the museum. In the summer months boat trips are available to nearby Rondout Lighthouse, where the creek drains into the Hudson. Boats putting in at the dock range from privately owned pleasure craft to oceangoing cruise liners. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has its winter home port here and visits frequently as do many historic reproduction vessels such as the Onrust and the Half Moon. As well as having the ability to accommodate deep draft vessels at their docks the museum provides free docking for canoes and kayaks.
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  • August 8, 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.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    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.  more »
  • July 30, 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...  more »
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  • April 12, 2017
    So beautiful. The mountains rise at the horizons of both sides of the river. Very relaxing and beautiful! The only place where 4 corners meet at an intersection of original revolutionary period stones buildings. Dallas hots has the best hot dogs and deisings bakery is out of this world!
  • June 28, 2017
    Great location, easy parking, plenty of restaurants within walking distance all contribute to an already wonderful museum. Information abt the Hudson and those who've made a living on it and from it are all packaged in easily digestible exhibits for all ages.
  • June 23, 2017
    Very informative museum about the history of the Hudson and quite a bit about the boats that floated it. There's something to be learned from new enthusiasts to seasoned sailors.
  • June 26, 2017
    Easy access a great place to take a family for history of the Hudson River history of things that happened in Kingston
  • May 13, 2016
    Sarah Wassberg, the educational director, gave a private tour for the Woodstock Women's Networking group.Her lecture certainly enhanced the experience. The museum is well displayed and easy to understand the importance of this wonderful area.I highly recommend these museum for young and old. Thank you for the interesting and informative excursion.

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