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The Antique Boat Museum located in Clayton, New York, is North America's premier fresh water nautical museum. The museum features over 300 unique and beautifully-preserved boats, thousands of recreational boating artifacts and countless special events including speed boat rides, boat shows, education programs and much more.

From its humble beginning as a riverside gathering of antique boat enthusiasts in 1964, the Antique Boat Museum has evolved into a national institution determined to preserve the nautical and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence River. The ABM displays some of the most notable powered pleasure boats, including a steam launch, the only working naphtha engine in existence, runabouts, and cruisers. Tour the 106 ft. luxurious houseboat once owned by George Boldt, and then by the McNally family of Rand McNally Maps. Take a ride in one of the ABM "in-water launches" and experience the River from an "old" perspective.

History

From its humble beginning as a riverside gathering of antique boat enthusiasts in 1964, the Antique Boat Museum has evolved into a national institution determined to preserve the nautical and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence River.

What You'll See

Some of the highlights to see and experience:

  • The Cleveland E. Dodge Launch Building displays some of the most notable powered pleasure boats, including a steam launch, the only working naphtha engine in existence, runabouts, and cruisers.
  • Tour the 106 ft. refurbished “grand lady” La Duchesse in her boathouse slip. This luxurious houseboat was once owned by George Boldt and then the McNally’s of Rand McNally maps. She has a grand piano, dance floor and brass fireplace.
  • Take a ride in one of the ABM’s “in-water launches” and experience the River from a new perspective.
  • The Don Doebler Collections Storage Facility houses close to half of the Museum’s growing collection of pleasure boats, each tagged with information about its history.