Hudson River Maritime Museum

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Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Friday
12:00 - 17:00
Saturday
12:00 - 17:00
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
About
Tour Hudson River Lighthouses aboard SOLARIS- Our 100% Solar Powered Tour Boat! Take a sailing lesson on the beautiful TIDBIT. Take a class in the wooden boat shop. Take a trip up the Roundout for local history tour. Check out our variety of beautiful spaces for events that including boat tours. 2020 Exhibit - "Mary Powell: Queen of the Hudson" Built in 1861, decommissioned in 1917, the Mary Powell remained a Hudson Valley constant during a period of incredible social and technological change in the United States. She saw the Civil War, the industrial revolution, Gilded Age, Progressive Era, and the start of World War I. Called “Queen of the Hudson” before construction was even completed, the Mary Powell, iconic symbol of “America’s Rhine.” Operated for most of her career by one enterprising family - the Andersons - Mary Powell also represented the best of Hudson River travel- the speed, elegance, safety, and attention to detail that made travel by water preferable.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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David
New Jersey1 contribution
Lighthouse Solaris tour
Jun 2021 • Couples
We did the Solaris Lighthouse Tour and enjoyed it tremendously. Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide made for a great trip. The electric outboard motor is super quiet.
Written 14 June 2021
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Kelsey T
Los Angeles, CA17 contributions
Filming on the Solaris
Apr 2021
I reached out to the museum in the hopes of shooting a scene for a short film on one of their vessels and was shocked by how accommodating and friendly they were! They went above and beyond to help us out in their off season!

We filmed with captain Sam and he took our small crew out to the Hudson on the Solaris. Sam was so knowledgable and helpful-- he went out of his way to help us get the shots we needed and then some! This was such an incredible experience and I can’t wait to return and check out the museum and venture out onto the river again!

I highly recommend a trip on the Solaris to anyone looking for a unique and memorable experience. For filming, the boat was a very gentle ride and quiet— great for shooting scenes with dialogue! The boat is also covered-- we went in late April and had both sun AND rain while we were out, but the covering kept all our gear safe and sound!
Written 5 May 2021
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M. Cleary
8 contributions
Haunted History Solaris Lantern Boat Tour!
Nov 2020
We loved the Haunted History Solaris Boat Tour! We went 11/1/2020. Greg our guide was very sweet and told great spooky campy stories. It was very cold and rainy out and I didn't mind at all. We were offered blankets and hot tea to make us comfortable. We live locally and I have never been on the river at night. It was a great experience. Everyone wore masks, the Captain gave is a run down of their Covid protocols and I was very comfortable with it. It was great way to be outside during Covid. Dress warm and enjoy the super quiet solar boat on the water at night!
Written 2 November 2020
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Thank you for coming.... so happy to be able to get you all out on the water!
Written 10 December 2020
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Fiona
1 contribution
Solaris
Oct 2020 • Friends
Went for the sunset cruise on the Solaris for my birthday. Definitely reccomend, the boat is really neat and the crew was awesome.
Written 27 October 2020
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Thank you!
Written 10 December 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,271 contributions
Hidden Gem in the Kingston Waterfront area
Sep 2020
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is one of those underrated museums that you come across that is packed with interesting information, interesting exhibitions and engaging displays. If you are interested in the history of the maritime exploration, the history of the canal systems and the growth of the manufacturing industry of the Hudson River Valley, this museum has all the answers and in a interactive way.

The displays are very interesting and there is a lot of reading to do (not very Gen Z). They explain not just the shipping industry but the whole history from when the Indians traded with the Dutch up to the changes in the towns with modern day gentrification and the growth of 'cottage' artist communities.

It is a very underrated museum that you should visit when you are at the Kingston Roundout or visiting the Kingston area.
Written 21 September 2020
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Thank you!
Written 10 December 2020
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Diane C
1 contribution
Boat ride with added bonus of museum admission
Sep 2020
We spent yesterday afternoon at the Hudson River Maritime Museum -admission was included as part of the Fall Foliage boat tour aboard the Solaris that we had booked. The museum is a fascinating look at life along the river In bygone years right up to today’s ecological/environmental efforts in place. There are many artifacts that transpose one back in time. We then set sail on the solar powered boat for a trip down Rondout Creek where we saw several examples of the area’s insutry from tugboats in dry dock for repairs, a barge being towed out of the water on air pontoons, and an example of an old lock along the river. Captain John and crew-mate Tanya were very knowledgeable about the area and seemed happy to answer any of our questions in a fun and friendly manner. The ride was very smooth and quiet and the scenery was beautiful. There is plenty of room on the boat for social distancing and it was immaculate so no worries there.
Written 19 September 2020
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Thank you!
Written 10 December 2020
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Jacqui F
London, United Kingdom161 contributions
Informative Museum and Lighthouse Tour
Sep 2019
We visited this great museum because we read somewhere that they had a lighthouse tour and decided to sign up. If you arrive by car, there’s parking right outside, but you have to pay for it at a meter. Across the road there's some free parking. The lighthouse tour goes from a landing stage at the back of the museum. It’s worth visiting the museum restrooms before you set off, since there are no toilets en route. The trip out takes just a few minutes on a solar-powered boat. The lighthouse itself is fascinating and we were lucky enough to have an excellent docent tour guide show us around. The building has been left as it was when it was last occupied; so it's very atmospheric, if a little spidery. At the top of the building a small ladder leads up to the lantern, which now houses automated lights which are also solar-powered. The tour price ($25 for adults and $20 for kids) includes entry to the museum itself, and the exhibits give a comprehensive history of the Hudson and New York City; and Kingston’s place in the scheme of things.
Written 20 March 2020
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So happy you enjoyed the day! Thanks for visiting!
Written 15 July 2020
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Howard S
Albany, NY607 contributions
Small History Museum dedicated to the Hudson River
Feb 2020
Nice small museum dedicated to the Hudson River where you can learn about Henry Hudson and the role the river has played in American History. And appropriately so, it is right on the waterfront. They have steam boat models and whole ice sailing boats on exhibit. When we were there, there was the
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Water/Ways which explores "the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality."
Written 22 February 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting!
Written 15 July 2020
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Wave65
4 contributions
Extensive river collection
Oct 2019 • Couples
Amazing history on the Hudson River is found at this large museum, back to the time of the first settlers, up to the Industrial Age to present . Very cool.
Written 10 December 2019
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Peter N
Quincy, MA54 contributions
Very interesting and informative
Jul 2019
A good place to learn about navigation and commerce/recreation on the Hudson River. The tour includes a visit to a nearby lighthouse, via a solar powered boat.
Written 22 November 2019
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Hudson River Maritime Museum is open:
  • Fri - Sun 12:00 - 17:00