Exhibits

We feature changing annual exhibits and our permanent gallery each year.

The 2014 exhibits are Troubled Waters: Wrecked and Sunken Ships of the Hudson River, located in the Green Room, and Tugboats – Workhorses of the Hudson River in the West Gallery, featuring a hands-on pilot house station for all ages. 

Our East Gallery features semi-permanent exhibits covering topics such as:

  • The Kingston steamboat Mary Powell, which ran as a passenger steamer from 1861 to 1911
  • The Hudson River Day Line passenger steam service between Albany and New York City
  • Hudson River Sloops
  • Hudson River rowing and power boat racing
  • Ferries of the Hudson
  • Commercial fishing on the Hudson
  • “The Changing River,” an exhibit about the evolving ecology and environment of the Hudson River, including climate change
  • Tugboats and barges
  • Lighthouses of the Hudson
  • “Chasing the Wind,” about ice yachting on the Hudson River
  • Brick Making – updated for 2014
  • Boat Building – updated for 2014
  • Ice Harvesting

In addition, we have two, semi-permanent exhibits: “Hudson’s Journey” about Henry Hudson and the native peoples of the Hudson River Valley and a small exhibit on the 1898 steam tug Mathilda (permanently dry docked in the museum yard), both of which have been updated for 2014.

Exhibits are generally self-guided but we do offer docent guided tours for larger groups. For information on scheduling guided tours of our exhibits, please visit the Group Tour and/or School Field Trip pages.

Here is a map of our extensive galleries:

a map of the floor plan of the Hudson River Maritime Museum's exhibits