Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum The museum is temporarily closed to the public. ​Updates to follow. Thank you for understanding. Visit www.hrmm.org for news, events, and more info.
The present property was purchased in 1982, and the Museum's 385 feet of bulkhead on Rondout Creek was partly rebuilt in 1992. The Museum's permanent collection related to Hudson River transportation, industry, and commerce, has grown through generous donations. The collection is comprised of paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts (such as ice-harvesting tools and 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 fro 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.
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The Hudson River Maritime Museum preserves and interprets the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. For more information, please call 845.338.0071, e-mail [email protected], or visit our website at www.hrmm.org

Mission: Mission Statement 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. Collected artifacts shall include, but not be limited to, appropriate vessels, objects, archival material, and art related to river transportation, industries, and recreation which developed in response to the availability of the The River. Industries shall include ice harvesting, brick making, boat building, blue stone quarrying, cement, coal, crushed tone, and any other identified as important. An emphasis shall be placed on the stream era of transportation on the Hudson River, which stimulated the growth of these various industries. The primary period of emphasis shall be the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum will create and maintain a body of information in the form of a library and archives which are available to the pubic for research. The Museum will develop public awareness of the history of life, communities, and industry along the Hudson River through its exhibits, lectures, programs, publications, and festivals. The Museum will seek 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 will create an awareness of waterfront revitalization efforts and foster public advocacy for planned recreational development along the Hudson River and its tributaries.

Patrol Penguins
05/09/2020

Patrol Penguins

Sailing season here on the Hudson River...

Sailing Sturgeon from Hudson River Maritime Museum www.hrmm.org

©Brett Gehrke 2019
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Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo
05/08/2020

Hudson River Maritime Museum's cover photo

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week3 Winner - Gina Bambace Conklin!Thanks to everyone for participating this ...
05/08/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week
3 Winner - Gina Bambace Conklin!

Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

We're going to keep up this weekly contest until the pandemic is over (that's a lot of free memberships!), and you can find out more about how to submit your own photo here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

"Summer on the Hudson, Rondout" by Gina Bambace Conklin

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos ...
05/08/2020

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Check out Barges and Scows on today's History Blog post here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/barges-and-scowsPhoto:Two...
05/07/2020

Check out Barges and Scows on today's History Blog post here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/barges-and-scows

Photo:Two hay/excursion barges rafted together and under tow for a river outing near Coxsackie, circa 1905. Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Today's blog post is from Captain William O. Benson, describing the art of turning a steamer around in Rondout Creek.You...
05/06/2020

Today's blog post is from Captain William O. Benson, describing the art of turning a steamer around in Rondout Creek.

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/turning-around-in-rondout-creek

Photo: The steamer “James W. Baldwin” was a nightboat out of the Rondout. It was built in 1860 in the same shipyard in New Jersey as the “Mary Powell”. Here, c. 1880s, a group of small sailboats catch the evening breezes on the Rondout as the “Baldwin” heads out to New York City. Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Riverkeeper
05/02/2020

Riverkeeper

Save the new date! Today was supposed to be #RiverkeeperSweep, when more than 2,000 of us come out to clean the shorelines. We wish we could be together on this beautiful sunny day, pitching in, finding odd finds, making a visible difference, and celebrating together. But taking precautions today will increase our chances of coming back together safely, soon. We miss you, and we hope to see you – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17.

Please help us spread the word.

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 2 Winner - Dale Sutton! Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Y...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week
2 Winner - Dale Sutton!

Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

We're going to keep up this weekly contest until the pandemic is over (that's a lot of free memberships!), and you can find out more about how to submit your own photo here: http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

"El Galeon at Dawn" by Dale Sutton

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos ...
05/01/2020

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history…/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 1 Winner - Mark Heller! Since Mark is already a member, we'll be contacti...
04/24/2020

Congratulations to our #HudsonRiverscapes Week 1 Winner - Mark Heller! Since Mark is already a member, we'll be contacting him with who he would like to gift his membership to.

Thanks to everyone for participating in the first week! Your beautiful photos have really brightened up a lot of Facebook walls.

We're going to keep up this weekly contest until the pandemic is over (that's a lot of free memberships!), and you can find out more about how to submit your own photo here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

You can submit weekly if you like (and some contributors are!), but you can only win once.

Reminder that ALL photos are eligible for the grand prize - a free private charter aboard Solaris in 2021! So keep liking, commenting on, and sharing your favorites.

Title: Northbound Tug & Barge Breaking Through the Morning Mist
Photographer: Mark Heller

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos ...
04/24/2020

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Last week on the history blog we discussed cholera and yellow fever. This week, we discuss one of the effects of those e...
04/23/2020

Last week on the history blog we discussed cholera and yellow fever. This week, we discuss one of the effects of those epidemics - the Croton Aqueduct!

Read more on the history blog at: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/the-croton-aqueduct

PHOTO: Photo of High Bridge from, "An American Journey – The Photography of William England." Photo by William England, 1859.

WoodenBoat
04/20/2020

WoodenBoat

Happiness is a wooden boat. Rod WRIGHT built GENTLY, a 12' Platt Monfort-designed Geodesic Airolite rowboat, in 2008. He recently refurbished her with caned sears, outriggers, and a new pair of Shaw & Tenney oars.
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📷 BANKS SMITH

We asked, and boy did you deliver. Welcome to Week 1 of the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest! On Friday, April 24, 2020,...
04/17/2020

We asked, and boy did you deliver. Welcome to Week 1 of the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest! On Friday, April 24, 2020, the photo in this album with the most likes AND comments will win a Household Membership to the museum. And don't worry if you miss this week, you can keep voting after that, as all photos from the contest will be entered into the Grand Prize at the end of the contest - a free charter aboard Solaris for 2021.

So take a look, like your favorites, and if you feel like it, leave a comment for the photographer!

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos ...
04/17/2020

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest encourages the public to submit photos of the Hudson River or a tributary. The comment with the most likes and comments each week wins a prize! Full rules and details available here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/hudson-riverscape-photo-contest

If you've never seen this wonderful movie, now is your chance! You can purchase or rent it from Amazon Prime.
04/17/2020

If you've never seen this wonderful movie, now is your chance! You can purchase or rent it from Amazon Prime.

We are proud to announce that Lost Rondout is now available on Amazon streaming:

http://a.co/hVO3CDH

Please help us spread the word and thanks again for the wonderful comments over the last few years.

Today's blog post is from Captain William O. Benson, who recalls some of the freshets and floods on the Rondout. You can...
04/15/2020

Today's blog post is from Captain William O. Benson, who recalls some of the freshets and floods on the Rondout.

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/freshets-in-rondout-creek-sweep-fleet-away

Photo: Photographer capturing the Cornell Steamboat Company tug and towboat fleet after the freshet of 1893 washed the fleet out into the Hudson River. The freshet is a flood due to melting snow and rain. This one caused a late winter flood that broke an ice dam on the Rondout Creek and pushed the boats out into the Hudson River. Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum

Today's #tbt #throwbackTuesday. Our friends at D&H Canal Museum might enjoy this one, too!A busy day at Rondout c. 1880,...
04/14/2020

Today's #tbt #throwbackTuesday. Our friends at D&H Canal Museum might enjoy this one, too!

A busy day at Rondout c. 1880, shows the passenger steamer “M. Martin” turning in the Rondout Creek to leave amid a crowd of canal boats, some full of coal, at the end of Island Dock, during the heyday of the D. & H. Canal. Hudson River Maritime Museum Collection

04/14/2020
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

Lots of other museums and historic sites throughout the Hudson Valley are doing some pretty cool things online, like this excellent video from New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. If you see other cool stuff, send it our way so we can share with everyone!

We invite you to watch the first installment of our continuing series of movies titled "The Revolutionary People of New Windsor"! This installment focuses on the Light Infantry at New Windsor Cantonment.

Today's blog post learn about the Hudson River steamboats named "Albany!" One in the 1820s, and the other in the 1880s t...
04/12/2020

Today's blog post learn about the Hudson River steamboats named "Albany!" One in the 1820s, and the other in the 1880s to 1930s.

http://www.hrmm.org/history-blog/two-steamers-albany-50-years-apart

Photo: In this c. 1900 photo a young man and other passengers on the Hudson River Day Line steamer “Albany”, observe the passing scene. Donald C. Ringwald Collection, Hudson River Maritime Museum

04/10/2020
Field Trip to the NYSM - Maritime Landscapes in New York

Did you miss yesterday's special field trip at the New York State Museum? You can still watch it! Join marine archaeologist Daria Merwin to learn more about the maritime landscapes of New York State.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihr2cqfcIuA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0nANmvsUteVXI63q3GSpgPsc1j2cLsdo0VxrxCbaytZ8pJl7W6ATdLxbQ

Did you know that some archaeological sites are located underwater? Explore archaeological sites above and below water that help reveal the importance of maj...

We are so thankful for volunteers like Ben! To read the whole press release, visit hrmm.org/news.
04/10/2020
Maritime Museum's Boat School donates gloves, masks to Vassar hospital

We are so thankful for volunteers like Ben! To read the whole press release, visit hrmm.org/news.

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The Hudson River Maritime Museum is closed amid the coronavirus spread, but its Wooden Boat School has donated to a local hospital a number of nitrile gloves

Bored? Need something pretty to look at? The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to launch the #HudsonRiverscapes Ph...
04/10/2020

Bored? Need something pretty to look at? The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to launch the #HudsonRiverscapes Photo Contest! Submit your favorite Hudson River image (no people, please!) and be entered into a WEEKLY contest to win free membership to the Hudson River Maritime Museum! Grand prize is a FREE private charter aboard the 100% solar-powered tour boat Solaris! See the infographics for details on how to play, the rules, and what to win.

Don't want to play officially? Tag your photo with #HudsonRiverscapes so people can search the hashtag and join in the fun.

Address

50 Rondout Lndg
Kingston, NY
12401

General information

The Exhibit Hall Combining photographs, artifacts, and text, the annual exhibit transports Museum visitors back into the history of the Hudson River. Each year the Museum chooses a different topic in the history of the Hudson River on which to focus. From sunken ships and abandoned boats, to brick yards, ice harvesting, steamboats or recreation, there is always an interesting and unique exhibit on display. The East Gallery Formerly a working boat shop, the space is perfect for display of many larger artifacts, such as ice yachts, shad boats and other small boats, a steam hoisting engine, and various boat models and exhibits. With a rich and varied maritime heritage, the Hudson River was home to diverse vessels, and in the East Gallery we have the opportunity to display a few more of them.

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Extra treat for some lucky Lighthouse visitors on days gone by in the magical Solaris Summer of 2019
Summer On The Hudson Rondout Lighthouse Gina Bambace Conklin Belle Imagini Phtotgrapy #HudsonRiverscapes
Photos detailing the construction of the 1/12th scale model of the running gear of Robert Fulton's Northriver of Clermont Steamboat on display at the NYS Clermont Historic Site . The model is animated by the push of a button on the display cabinet. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=219469074733104&set=a.101983743148305&type=3&theater
For Harriet by Juergen Bock
For Harriet by Juergen Bock
Flower Garden at Hudson River Maritime Museum #HudsonRiverscapes
Vintage postcard view of Steamer “Mary Powell”
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from "Hudson River Lightkeeper"
The character Margu in the new holiday movie Klaus is given the gift of an ice boat...may lead to some renewed interest in the collection of the museum among younger visitors!
My husband's grandfather was a Boat Captain for Sandy Hook Pilot's group and wonder if in any way what little I know about him would be germane to your museum. No problem if it is too far fetched, but he lived in Saugerties on Route 212 in a home built in 1888.
Delighted to 'stumble' into Carla Lesh and be vocally loquacious about some family history.
An absolute 'must' to see in Kingston, NY. Amazing artifacts and just plain facts.