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The Hudson River Maritime Museum, Inc. has been established to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries.
The Museum creates and maintains a body of information in the form a library and archives that is available to the public for research. It develops public awareness of the history of life, communities, and industry along the Hudson River though its exhibits, lectures, programs, publications, and festival.
The Museum seeks to create and foster an awareness on the part of the public of the river environment and ecology and the need to preserve this environment. It creates an awareness of waterfront revitalization efforts and foster public advocacy for planned recreational development along the Hudson River and its tributaries
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries dependent on the river. Founded in 1980 by members of the "Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society," the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historians, the Museum is located in the Historic Rondout Waterfront at Kingston, NY, once the major port between New York City and Albany.
The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts such as ice-harvesting tools, important pieces of Hudson River vessels that have long since disappeared, and a variety of ship models. Our collection of small craft includes a 100 year old shad boat, a life boat from the steamboat Mary Powell, a lighthouse tender, and several ice yachts. A library is available for use by researchers.
During the warmer months, visiting vessels such as the sloop Clearwater, historic vessels, and classic wooden boats may be seen at the Museum's bulkhead. In winter, U.S. Coast Guard vessels regularly tie up at our dock to provide a bit of shore-leave for their crews.
School programs, unique within New York State, host over 2,000 school children a year. Exhibitions, a lecture series, children's workshops, waterfront programs and festivals, and boat rides to the Rondout Lighthouse create a greater awareness of the heritage of the Hudson River and attracts over 20,000 visitors annually.