Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary Street, Clayton, NY 13624 - United States





Located on the St. Lawrence River in northern NY State, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts. Each summer the waterfront campus comes alive with numerous educational programs and special events, including the longest running antique boat show in North America.


Museum visitors can reserve a seat aboard our sleek 30′ triple cockpit Hacker Craft for a unique 45 minute ride on the River. Available daily at 10:00 A.M. / 11:00 A.M. / 12:00 P.M. / 2:00 P.M. / 3:00 P.M. / 4:00 P.M. Maximum of 6 passengers per ride.

Reservations can be made at the Admissions Desk upon arrival to the Museum or by phone: 315-686-4104. Phone reservations must be accompanied by full payment.

Ride the River prices:
Non – Members (includes admission to ABM): $35 adults / $20 youth (7-17) / $15 children (6 & under)
Members: $25 adults / $15 youth and children

All rides originate from and end at the Antique Boat Museum docks. No stopping along the route is permitted.

The 106′ houseboat La Duchesse brings the gracious River lifestyle of one hundred years ago to life. Built in 1903 for hotelier George Boldt, manager of New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the houseboat has been in continuous use as an elegant summer residence ever since. Generously donated by the McNally family, of Wellesley Island, NY, and Chicago, IL, she opened for visitors at the Museum in July of 2005. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors have enjoyed seeing her luxurious interior and original furnishings while hearing the story of this unique summer home from one of our volunteer docents.

A 30-minute guided walking tour of La Duchesse is available for an additional fee and you must reserve a place on a tour at the Admissions Desk.

La Duchesse tours will be available through the end of October.
Owing to the design of her historic structure, La Duchesse is not wheelchair-accessible.


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