The Hudson River Maritime Museum, located at 50 Rondout Landing, opens its doors on Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and will remain open for the 2012 season until November 4. Beginning Wednesday, June 6, the museum will be open on Wednesday evenings “late ‘til 8:00 pm” for those who want to “rendezvous on the Rondout” — enjoy dinner, take a creekside stroll and visit the museum and gift shop.
Staff and volunteers are inviting everyone to come downtown to the historic waterfront district of Kingston, and tour the museum’s enhanced exhibit
installations and the three featured exhibitions for this season:
“The Face of Work TODAY in the Hudson Valley”, sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank, presents a continuation of last year’s exhibit with the addition of thought-provoking themes and images of work spanning into the 21st century. By examining seven different segments of the economy: manufacturing, natural resources, agriculture, energy, healthcare, tourism, transportation and shipping – a more specific understanding of how our economy has evolved in the past century is revealed.
“TUGS!”, a mini-exhibition, takes advantage of some of the museum’s archival boat models and photographs depicting the tug industry and “Fishing the Hudson” presents fishing equipment, archival photographs and information on the declining shad population.
Visitors to the museum will notice several other cosmetic changes: new windows and carpet as well as freshly painted walls in the museum’s popular Gift Shop where one will find new merchandise and interesting books focused on the Hudson River and its history. Outside, the docks have been reinstalled, the window boxes have been planted and the courtyard garden has been freshly pruned and mulched by dedicated volunteers.
The 2012 season promises to be full of lectures, events and special offerings to the community. Visit our web site often for schedule updates and additional information – www.hrmm.org or call 845.338.0071.