Preservation | Education | Destination
The Hudson River Maritime Museum, located on the historic Rondout waterfront, was established in 1980 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the preservation of 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 collected artifacts include appropriate vessels, objects, archival material and art related to river transportation, industries and recreation – paintings, prints, photographs, ephemera, blueprints, artifacts, ship models, a 100-year old shad boat, a life boat, lighthouse tender and ice yachts.
The maritime heritage encompasses industries such as ice harvesting, brick making, boat building, bluestone quarrying, cement, coal and crushed stone. The steam era of transportation, which stimulated the growth of these various industries on the Hudson River, is emphasized; the 19th and 20th centuries are of primary focus.
The public’s awareness of this heritage is developed through exhibits, lectures, programs, publications and festivals.
The 4,000 sq ft East Gallery displays exhibits on the Mary Powell, ferries, dayliners, tugboats, ice boats, Hudson River industries, and lighthouses. A multi-media display on Hudson River ecology includes tanks with live specimens. The West Gallery has “Hudson’s Journey”, featuring a re-creation of the Half Moon’s aft cabin as well as annual themed exhibitions.
Located in the courtyard is the 1898 steam tug Mathilda which we plan to restore as a steam power exhibit.
A library and archives are available for research.