Hudson River Maritime Museum Hudson River Maritime Museum

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50 Rondout Landing

Kingston, NY 12401

Hours: Open to the public Friday through Monday From late April through October from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Phone: (845) 338-0071

Fax: (845) 338-0583


Historical Description:

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its industries and its tributaries. It is the only museum in New York State that is dedicated exclusively to this purpose. The museum was founded in 1980 by the “Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society,” the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historical societies. It is located in Kingston, NY at the Rondout Waterfront. The Museum has a permanent collection that is related to the Hudson River’s transportation, industry and commerce. It consists of prints, photographs, painting and other important pieces of Hudson River vessels. There are many small watercraft and at times a few large watercraft docked at the Museum. School programs are readily welcomed with three new activities available to them.


The Site:

Visitors to the Hudson River Maritime Museum will be able to tour the museum and see the history of industry on the River. They will also be able to take a tour of the Rondout Creek on one of the WWII boats. This will lead them to the historic lighthouse which they can also tour. Visitors are then free to tour the outside of the lighthouse on their own. There are some special exhibits thoughout the year, so check the website for official dates and times.



Take the New York State Thruway to exit 19, Kingston. Turn right off the traffic ciercle onto I-587 and go about a mile. At the end of I-587, go through the intersection to Broadway. Follow Broadway through 10 traffic lights. At the 10th light, turn left to continue on Broadway. At the bottom of the hill take a left and look for the 1898 steam tug Mathilda.