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. The acronym HRMM is often used to refer the Hudson River Maritime Museum in publications.

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.

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is home to the Kingston High School Crew Team, the Rondout Rowing Club and the Kingston Sailing Club. The museum is a membership supported organization and sponsors festivals and events including the Antique and Classic Boat Society Boat Show, Hudson River Days with music, crafts and displays, the "Follow the River" Lecture Series, Cinema Sundays and Family Days.

HRMM opened the Wooden Boat School in 2016 and the Sailing & Rowing School in 2017. Classes are offered year-round at the Wooden Boat School, and the Sailing & Rowing School limit their offerings to Spring, Summer, and Fall.

It is open 11 am - 5 pm, Thursday - Sunday during winter, and 11 am - 5 pm, Monday - Sunday during summer. Admission cost US$9 for adults and US$6 for children and seniors, US$25 family rates available (restrictions apply). Special tours for groups are available. There is a gift shop which features books pertaining to Kingston and the Hudson Valley as well as the maritime history of the Hudson.
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  • Included with our tour of the lighthouse by solar boat, the Hudson Maritime museum was much more extensive and fascinating than I would have thought. We are not “water” people and have limited... 
    Included with our tour of the lighthouse by solar boat, the Hudson Maritime museum was much more extensive and fascinating than I would have thought. We are not “water” people and have limited...  more »
  • We took a lighthouse tour on the Solaris that was so brilliant we booked another one! The first trip took us out to the Rondout Lighthouse. The boat trip itself was beautiful, and our guides were... 
    We took a lighthouse tour on the Solaris that was so brilliant we booked another one! The first trip took us out to the Rondout Lighthouse. The boat trip itself was beautiful, and our guides were...  more »
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  • Don’t miss this! What a lovely place. My husband and I reserved a spot at the museum’s dock for our 40 foot trawler. The museum has much about the last 400 years of the Hudson River area, as well as a section about the indigenous peoples prior to that time, and the history of the making of the three canals leading from the Hudson River, the Erie, the Champlain, and the now defunct Delaware and Hudson Canal. This is not only a museum. They have a wooden boat school and a sailing school. As a visitor you can also pay to take a lighthouse excursion on the fully electric boat, Solaris. I promise, you’ll be glad you visited.
  • A really nice museum. I never took the light house tour, but hopefully I'll have the time on the next visit. This museum has a advantage to visit, that a lot of other places may not. It's location down on Kingston's water front is a nice place in itself to walk around after visiting.

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