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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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  • Nice museum with interesting artifacts. Great way to spend some time while in the hudsom valley. Definitely recommended 
  • A lot to offer this small museum on the Hudson. Vintage photos of river life, tugs and steamboats pulling barges of coal from the mines of Pennsylvania, via the D & H canal, to supply NY City and Alba...  more »
  • We visited on a rainy day. Good decision. The museum tells the story of transportation on the Hudson River from the perspective of the people who worked the river. Lots of memorabilia, photos, ship mo...  more »
  • Lovely group of people working here. Very friendly and knowledgeable
  • 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.
  • Great local history
  • Free outside exibits
  • Nice presentations on the history of living on the Hudson River.