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Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge

Map & Directions 290 Conover St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Thu 4pm-8pm, Sat 1pm-5pm


Village Voice's Description

One of the city's truly unique museum experiences, the Waterfront Museum is housed aboard the Lehigh Valley No. 79, which is now docked in Brooklyn just off the coast of formerly-industrial-but-getting-hipper Red Hook. The vessel dates back to 1914 and is on the National Registrar of Historic Places, mainly because it is one of the only Hudson River wooden barges left in existence. The museum hosts rotating exhibits and artifacts relating to waterfront history, offers barge and tugboat tours, and the occasional event. Take the Ikea ferry for easy transport from Manhattan, venture a few blocks inland to the Red Hook soccer fields for excellent food trucks, or check out the swath of up-and-coming dining along Van Brunt Street.

Merchant's Description

Lehigh Valley Barge # 79 Built in 1914 is the last example of a wooden barge still floating in New York Harbor

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  • Arden G. on 09/20/13

    Congratulations on the 100th year of the Waterfront Barge

  • Experiences on 08/15/12

    This place is neat! If you're up for the trek to Red Hook, Thurs. evenings and Sat. afternoons, cruise this little floating museum for free. It's been docked on Pier 44 since the mid-'90s.

  • Susan F. on 05/06/12

    The Waterfront Museum is at Pier 25 for the next week or so! Visit her and Tug Pegasus at the end of N. Moore St. Vote for them both at http://partnersinpreservation.com.

  • PreservationNation on 04/26/12

    The Tug Pegasus served for 90 years in the Port of New York, through two major technology changes: the adaptation from steam to diesel propulsion, and the switch from riveted to welded construction.

  • Dan on 12/02/10

    Wonderful museum and great event location! Check out the Fish Soup episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay; the Throwdown was shot on this Barge!

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