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Brooklyn, New York City 

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Waterfront Museum 


The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge opened in 1988 and is a small museum housed in a converted and restored wooden barge docked at Pier 45 in Red Hook. The museum is devoted to educate the public about the culture and history of maritime life in the harbor area. The barge itself was built in 1915 and used to transport goods in New York Harbor. Admission is free (though donations are requested) and opens on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York City
Red Hook in Brooklyn by NYCRuss

Most visits to the Waterfront Museum generally last for an hour. During the visit, visitors will get to understand the role of barges in trade, visit the Captain's living quarters, see the tools used by longshoremen and stevedores, and the gongs and bells used on the tug and barge system. There is also the traditional showboat entertainment. Other activities include temporary exhibits by various artists including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures.

Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn (New York City)
Waterfront Museum in Red Hook by Jim Henderson
The museum also organizes tailored tours for groups such as schools, tourist groups, and bus tours on an appointment basis. Cost for the tour is $7 per person for a maximum of 149 people but requires a minimum of $150. There are the barge tours (often teaming up with the Tugboat Pegasus) along the Hudson River and docking at a selected piers along the river, offering the museum's programs in the areas.

290 Conover Street at Pier 44, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11231

Waterfront Museum

Tel: 718-624-4719

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