Maritime Museums: New York, USA

New York

Blue Mountain Lake

Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Historical Association,
Attn.: The Maritime Section,
P.O. Box 99,
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.

Telephone: +1 518 352 7311

Opening hours: Memorial Day — mid-October, daily 09:30-17:30.

The museum, which exhibits more than 60 boats of its collection more than 200 small vessels, was founded in 1957.

The Bronx

The Maritime Industry Museum

New York State Maritime College,
Fort Schuyler,
The Throggs Neck,
The Bronx, NY 10465.

Telephone: +1 212 409 7200/7218

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 08:30-16:30, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The museum, which was founded in 1985, is located on the grounds of the State University of New York's Maritime College.

Two tugs and a merchant ship. Evolution of seafaring. SUNY Maritime College has a maritime museum with some "incredible" ship models (huge, some taken from the Germans during WWII) and artifacts. The museum is located in a civil war fort with a great view of Long Island Sound and Manhattan.


Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen's Museum

1 Naval Park Cove,
Buffalo, NY 14202.

Telephone: +1 716 847-1773

Opening hours: June 1 — October 31, 10:00-dusk; November, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00. Museum has collection of models of many ships, mostly Great Lakes vessels, including large before and after models of the Wolverine, one of two side-wheelers converted into aircraft carriers during WWII for flight training (other was the Sable.) Several static displays around the grounds.


Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum

750 Mary Street,
Clayton, NY 13624.

Telephone: +1 315 686 4104

Opening hours: mid-May — mid-October, daily 10:00-16:00.

The museum which was founded in 1964, is housed in a mid-1800 building. There are more than 125 small craft on display. World's largest recreational boat museum.

Was formerly the Antique Boat Museum.

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street
P.O. Box 25,
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.

Telephone: +1 516 367 3418

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00-17:00, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Collection includes among many other things a collection of over 700 scrimshaw pieces and a fully equipped whaleboat from the whaling brig Daisy.

East Hampton

East Hampton Marine Museum

101 Main Street,
East Hampton, NY 11937.

Telephone: +1 516 324 6850 or +1 516 267 6544

Opening hours: 1 July—Labor Day, Tuesday-Sunday 10:30-17:00; June & Day after Labor Day—30 September, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00.

Fishing, boatbuilding, shore whaling and sportfishing history.

Hyde Park

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Museum

259 Albany Post Road,
Hyde Park, NY 12538.

Telephone: +1 914 229 8114

Opening hours: 09:00-17:00. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Major collection of ship models and paintings that belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt, plus his personal book collection, as well as papers from when he was Secretary of the Navy. The research library contains 45.000 volumes of books and 16 million manuscript pages.

King's Point

American Merchant Marine Museum

US Merchant Marine Academy,
Steamboat Road,
King's Point, NY 11024.

Telephone: +1 516 773 5515

Opening hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00-15:30, Saturday-Sunday 13:00-16:40. Closed July and national holidays.

A small museum illustrating the American heritage in 35 ship models including a 18 foot model of the SS Washington. The museum publishes the newsletter The Manifest.


Hudson River Maritime Museum

1 Rondout Landing,
Kingston, NY 12401.

Telephone: +1 914 338 0071
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Opening hours: May — October, Monday-Friday 12:00-17:00.

The steam tug Mathilda (1898) and various other vessels. The museum publishes the newsletter Focs'le News.

Lake George Village

Minne-ha-ha paddlewheeler.

Not a museum per sey, the Minne-ha-ha is a steam-powered paddlewheel excursion vessel that sails on Lake George. The engine room is enclosed in glass and the ship sports a steam calliope.


Chautauqua Lakes Historic Vessels Co.

15 Water Street,
Mayville, NY 14757.

Telephone: +1 716 753 7823

New York City

American Museum of Immigration

Ellis Island
Ferry from Battery Park or Liberty State Park in Jersey City Lots of material - posters, postcards, photos, models - on various ships which carried immigrants to the US.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

Pier 88, 12th and West 46th

Telephone: +1 (212) 245-2533

The flight deck and hanger hold large display of carrier aircraft, including an SR-71. Vehicles and planes on display on pier. The museum inside the aircraft carrier has wide range of displays, including models and a film on air craft carrier operations.

Museum of the City of New York

103rd St & Park Ave
Permanent display: Maritime New York - artifacts (some large), photos, models, paintings

South Street Seaport Museum

207 Front Street,
New York, NY 10038.

Telephone: +1 212 748 8600
WWW: South Street Seaport Museum

The museum, which was founded in 1967, is located next to the fishing docks in an eleven block historic area on the East side, just South of Brooklyn Bridge.


H. Lee White Marine Museum

1176 Niagara Street,
Oswego, NY.
Nash (1943), former US Army tug of D-Day fame.

The museum has exhibits relating to the War of 1812.


12 Market St.
Clearwater, river sloop.

This is the ship's dock, but she is usually sailing the Hudson River.


Erie Canal Village

5789 New London Rd.

Telephone: +1 315 337 3999

Museum ship: Chief Engineer, a canal packet.

A re-created canal village.

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

Main and Garden Streets,
P.O. Box 1327,
Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

Telephone: +1 516 725 0770

Opening hours: May 15 — September 20, 13:00-17:00.

The museum, which was founded in 1936, is housed in the 1895 home of the whale ship owner Benjamin Hunter.


Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Boulevard East at Montgomery Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202.

Telephone: +1 315 471 0593

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

The museum is housed in the Weighlock Building, a former weigh station built in 1850. On display is a reconstruction of a canalboat.

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

P.O. Box 154,
186 West Avenue,
West Sayville, NY 11796.

Telephone: +1 516 554 4974; +1 516 554 4979

Opening hours: Wednesday—Saturday, 10:00-15:00, Sunday, 12:00-16:00, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, and Election Day.

Museum ships:

The museum illustras the history of shell-fishing and recreational boating of the Long Island area.


Skenesborough Museum

Skenesborough Drive,
Whitehall, NY 12877.

Telephone: +1 518 499 0716

Opening hours: Memorial Day — October 12, Monday-Saturday, 10:00-17:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00.

Early US naval history and commerce on Lake Champlain and the upper Hudson River.

Updated 2003-02-03 by Lars Bruzelius.

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