School Field Trips
Make Waves With Your Field Trip!
Bring your class on a field trip to The Hudson River Maritime Museum, located in the historic Rondout Waterfront district of Kingston, NY and directly adjacent to Rondout Creek.
HRMM offers educational programming for all ages. In the museum, visit a replica of Henry Hudson’s aft cabin, learn about the speed and skill of ice racing, explore shipwrecks of the Hudson River, and learn about the industrial past of the Rondout Creek and the D&H canal.
Walk across our park like museum yard along Rondout Creek to the brand new (2013) Kingston Home Port and Education Center for hands-on exhibits and activities about the science of sailing, simple machines, and the history of boat building on the Hudson River, including foil boat building, knot-tying, working pulleys, wind and sails, and make-your-own quadrants.
A semaphore signal flag workshop is also available.
New This Year!
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to partner with the First Ulster County Militia reenactment group to provide living-history reenactments and demonstrations of Revolutionary War era sailors, civilians, and soldiers. Reenactments (one reenactor) may be added to any field trip free of charge. Because these reenactors are all volunteers, we do require advanced notice of at least three weeks to schedule a reenactment.
Reenactment programs are flexible and in the past have included demonstrations of 18th century boat building techniques, 18th century military life and musket firings, and the Burning of Kingston. Please contact Sarah Wassberg at email@example.com or 845-338-0071 ext. 16 for more information.
Stay tuned for another exciting program, to be announced in February of 2014.
Trips may be scheduled for weekdays during the season, May through October. The museum is open for field trips from 9 am to 4 pm. We can accommodate up to two classes of 30 students per day (want to bring a larger group? Just ask).
Programs last between 2 and 3 hours, not including time for lunch. Tours of the museum can be tailored based on subject (e.g. transportation, industry, environment/ecology, etc.). Special workshops and programs may also be available. Please call or e-mail for more information.
To register your trip please call Education Director Sarah Wassberg at 845-338-0071 ext. 16 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. When you register, please indicate whether you would like to receive your invoice and other trip-related materials as printed copies via the mail or as PDFs via e-mail. Some materials are also downloadable under “For Educators.”
Spring availability fills up fast, so please call at minimum two weeks in advance of your trip. Book early to ensure your preferred date.
A guided tour of the museum and the new Kingston Home Port and Education Center (including hands-on activities) is $6/person and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
A guided tour of the Rondout Lighthouse, including boat ride up Rondout Creek, a guided tour of the museum, and the new Kingston Home Port and Education Center is $20/person and lasts approximately 3 hours (not including time for lunch).
Due to a distinct lack of available US Coast Guard inspected, licensed, and insured passenger vessels able to dock at the lighthouse, the museum is not able to offer tours of the Rondout Lighthouse at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are hoping to partner with other vessels to offer river tours, but will not be able to offer lighthouse tours for the forseeable future.
One adult per 10 students receives free admission. One-on-one aides, school nurses, and teaching assistants always receive free admission.
A $50 deposit is required to hold your date and is due upon receipt of your invoice. The remainder of your payment is due the day of your visit. Please arrange to have one check, cash or credit/debit card payment per group. HRMM accepts Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
HRMM programs take place rain or shine. Trips may be cancelled up to two weeks before the scheduled date with no penalty. Trips cancelled with less than two weeks’ notice or with no notice will forfeit the deposit. Trips may be rescheduled up to one week before the original date of visit with no penalty. Cancellations due to extreme weather with NOAA-issued no travel warnings are exempted from penalty.
If your school budget is tight, here are a few resources to help fund your trip to HRMM:
Target Foundation Field Trip Grants: Applications are posted August 1st and close in September for spring funding.
Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards: Applications are available now online. At least one teacher per grade attending must attend the THV Institute in mid-July.
The Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley Field Trip Grants: This field trip grant is limited to public schools in Dutchess and Ulster Counties and grants are awarded on a rolling, monthly basis.
Need help with your grant application? Just ask! Call 845-338-0071 ext. 16 or e-mail email@example.com for assistance.
Did you know HRMM is located along a city bus route? If you are a public school in the Kingston City School district you may be able to get free transportation to the museum via the city bus service. The Kingston Board of Education also supports walking school field trips.
Additional funding may be available for bus and/or admissions costs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Funding is available on a case-by-case basis.
Want to know more?
Check out our For Educators page, which offers links to information on history (including films and primary sources), pre- and post-visit activity suggestions, info on museum etiquette, and more.
HRMM education staff are working to develop hands-on, brains-on outreach programs for classes of all ages. These programs strive to meet the new Common Core Standards for skill-based learning. For more information, call 834-338-0071 ext. 16 or e-mail email@example.com.