Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401 - United States
Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum also operates a Wooden Boat School, Sailing, and Rowing Schools from its campus along Rondout Creek. It provides tours of the Rondout Lighthouse and Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, the industrial history of the waterfront, and more aboard its 100% solar powered tour boat Solaris.
"Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson"
The Hudson River was at the heart of America's environmental movement. This exhibit traces the history of environmental organizations including Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, and Clearwater and how the Hudson River influenced local, state, and national environmental legislation and action. "Rescuing the River" also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which was launched on May 17, 1969.
This exhibit features a short documentary film of interviews with people involved in the movement and a companion online exhibit, accessible through touch-screen kiosk in the exhibit.
"The Hudson and Its Canals: Building the Empire State"
From 1817 to 1828, the construction and opening of three major canals: the Champlain Canal (1823), Erie Canal (1825), and Delaware & Hudson Canal (1828) - forever changed the face and fortune of New York State. These three artificial waterways connected the water highway of the Hudson River to Lake Champlain and Vermont, Lake Erie and the American Midwest, and to the coalfields of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. An engineering feat that defined a new nation in the eyes of the world, these three canals helped jump-start the industrial revolution and facilitated the expansion and goods, people, and ideas throughout the nation.
This exhibit features several hands-on activities, including an interactive model of the canals and locks, as well as a reconstructed interior of a barge family cabin, complete with audio and video throughout the exhibit.
- Rondout Lighthouse Tours
- Industrial Waterfront Tour
- Fall Foliage Tours
- Sunset Cruise
All tours take place aboard the 100% solar-powered tour boat Solaris. Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker, this vessel is the only solar-powered boat in operation on the Hudson River. It does not require fossil fuels to operate.
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