The museum, located at 50 Rondout Landing, is a prominent cultural and educational asset anchored in Kingston’s downtown historic Rondout waterfront district. One may visit the museum by car, bus, boat, bicycle, cruise ship or by hiking on one of the area’s natural walking trails.
Kingston, New York’s first Capital, is located in Ulster County, which is about 90 minutes north from New York City, an hour south of Albany and about 3.5 hours from both Boston and Philadelphia.
“Historic Rondout Waterfront” signs will be indicated along some routes.
NYS Thruway (I-87) Take Exit 19. At traffic circle take Route 587 South a few miles to the intersection with Rt. 32, Broadway. Take 32/Broadway South (straight). Proceed past Kingston High School and City Hall. Broadway takes a sharp left turn at a traffic light to go down to the Rondout Creek. Follow Broadway to the bottom of the hill. Bear left.
Rt. 9W from the South (Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Mid-Hudson Bridge) Cross bridge over Rondout Creek from Port Ewen. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Garraghan Ave. At the first traffic light (Broadway) turn left, follow to the bottom of the hill. Bear left.
From the North (Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge) Take the first exit after the bridge. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 32, following Rt. 32 South until it intersects with Rt. 9W (traffic lights). Turn left onto Rt. 9W South, following to the second traffic light. Turn right onto Garraghan Ave. At the first traffic light (Broadway) turn left, follow to the bottom of the hill. Bear left.
At the foot of Broadway, when bearing left at “Mariner’s Harbor” restaurant, proceed past the docking entrance of “Hudson River Cruises”, home of the M/V Rip Van Winkle.
Look for the 1898 steam tug Mathilda dry-docked within the museum’s Events Courtyard along the Rondout Creek.
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