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Welcome to the Waterfront Museum. Our mission is to provide waterfront access, and promote historic preservation. We foster an understanding of the NY Harbor as a waterway carrying commerce and commuters as well as a means for culture and recreation. The museum received the Municipal Arts Society 2003 Certificate of Merit Award for making an exceptional contribution to the life of NYC and for an extraordinary job of bring the waterfront closer to all New Yorkers. The Barge was also designated by the United Nations as the "Regional Craft of the International Year of the Oceans" in 1998 for The Waterfront Museum's work in opening up waterfronts for the use and enjoyment of the general public.

Big Box on the Basin Retaining Red Hook’s Last Working Shipyard is on view from July 6 through the Fall aboard the Museum and we encourage you to attend our community round table on July 27 (6-8pm) and help us save this remnant of our working waterfront heritage. To learn more, please visit the Save The Graving Dock website. In addition, view our BCAT program streaming video. Or, we offer open hours every Thursday from 4-8pm so be sure to stop by.

During the summer of 2002, the museum completed a critical Drydock Project to repair the last surviving railroad barge and protect it from further damage from wood-eating shipworms. We ask that you consider becoming a sponsor and contribute to this preservation project. Click here for project details. We invite you to contact us for information about our education programs or visit our links of resources.

The Waterfront Museum has returned to its new homeport Pier 44 off Conover Street in Red Hook. Special thanks to Greg O'Connell for creating a wonderful walkway and garden and offering us the chance to build a great docking facility. The Museum is especially grateful to John Quadrozzi, Jr. of Gowanus Industrial Park, Inc. for temporarily offering us dock space in the Gowanus Bay during our critical time of need. View our Captain's Log for our latest news and updates.


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