Maritime Museums: New York, USA
Blue Mountain Lake
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 Maritime Industry Museum
New York State Maritime College,
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
- Empire State (19??), the Maritime College training ship.
- General Philips Schuyler (19??), tug.
- USCG Raritan (19??).
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
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.
- USS Croaker (1942), Gato type submarine SS246.
- USS Little Rock (1944), guided missile light cruiser CLG.
- USS The Sullivans (1943), destroyer.
- PT [?]
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
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 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.
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.
American Merchant Marine Museum
US Merchant Marine Academy,
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
Hudson River Maritime Museum
1 Rondout Landing,
Kingston, NY 12401.
Telephone: +1 914 338 0071
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
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
Chautauqua Belle (19??), sternwheeler.
- Sea Lion (19??), re-constructed 16th century merchant ship.
- Bemus Point—Stow Ferry cable ferry.
New York City
American Museum of Immigration
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.
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
aircraft carrier, CV.
- Edson destroyer, DD 933
- Growler submarine, SSG 577
- Nantucket Lightship #?, light ship.
Museum of the City of New York
103rd St & Park Ave
Permanent display: Maritime New York - artifacts (some large), photos,
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.
- Ambrose (1907) lightship.
- Lettie G. Howard (1893), a two-masted fishing schooner.
- Peking (1911), a
four-masted steel barque.
- Pioneer (1885), a two-masted steel schooner.
- Wavertree (1885), an iron
- W.O. Decker (1930), one of the last steam-powered tugs built in the New York harbour.
H. Lee White Marine Museum
1176 Niagara Street,
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 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.
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.
The museum illustras the history of shell-fishing and recreational boating of the Long Island area.
- Charlotte (c1880), tug.
- Modesty (1923), oyster sloop.
- Priscilla (1888), oyster vessel.
Whitehall, NY 12877.
Telephone: +1 518 499 0716
Opening hours: Memorial Day — October 12, Monday-Saturday, 10:00-17:00,
Early US naval history and commerce on Lake Champlain and the upper
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