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, United States, 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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 s...  more »
  • 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!  more »
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  • Excellent, so much history of the river and quite the collection. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Nice art museum .. includes house your.. and hudson river area for kids
  • Very interesting place... we enjoy everything in the museum and around... the weather was great when we visited this place
  • It is an awesome place to go! The area is brimming with activity although tonight I was here to board the Myrika, forgot how it's spelled exactly, but it's a yacht that can be rented by the hour. HealthAlliance sponsored an event for an oncology program and all its cancer warriors. It was such an honor to be among such brave, beautiful people. What a great evening, awesome views of the Hudson River Valley too!
  • Love this place and the people who work there!
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