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Antique Boat Museum, the

750 Mary Street
Clayton, NY

Phone: 315-686-4104 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

"The Antique Boat Museum is America's freshwater boating museum. There are other marine museums on freshwater, even a few that pay attention to recreational boat and boating; but the Clayton museum is pretty much the largest and most impressive collection of inland recreational boats in the world."
Joseph Gribbins, Nautical Quarterly Magazine


Highlights & Collections

  a.. The Boat Collection has over 200 boats including canoes; sail and rowing skiffs; skiff-putts; disappearing propeller boats; hydroplanes; launches; utilities; and cruisers. 
  b.. The Motor Collection spans the development of marine propulsion systems from the late 1800s to post WWII.  Included are the oldest working gasoline powered motors in existence and the first (Serial No. 1) Johnson outboard ever made. 
  c.. The Artifact collection relates to the Museum's statement of purpose including boat furniture, equipment and hardware, boat building molds, plans and prints, paintings, models, half-hulls, woodworking tools and fishing equipment. 


Major Research Fields:
  a.. Contains over 1500 volumes, 26 periodical titles, 1900 to present, and 35 serial titles related to freshwater nautical history.
  b.. A rare and indexed Evinrude-Elto collection of 9,500 photos and nearly 4,000 regional and general photographs are also part of the photographic collection.
  c.. A collection of catalogued Sparkman and Stephens yacht brokerage files of 10,000 boats, many with plans and photographs.
  d.. Chris Craft materials.
  e.. Boat and engine catalogs & manuals


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Museum hours are 9AM to 5PM.
Open Daily Mid May to Mid October.

Admission & Directions:

Situated on a peninsula overlooking the Village of Clayton and the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the Antique Boat Museum is a very inviting destination. 
Visitors can come to the museum either by car, by cruise ship, by boat or a bus tour. 
A self-guided tour evokes the nostalgia of days gone by. 
Groups of 20 and more are provided with a volunteer tour guide. 

Admission Prices:

Adults 18+ $8.00
Students 18+ w/ID $6.00
Children 6-17 $4.00
Children under 6 free

The Antique Boat Museum is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, New York.  
From the International Bridge, take Exit 50-S off Route 81 Southbound.   Follow Route 12 going West for 7 miles into the town of Clayton.  Take a right on James Street and then your second left on Mary Street.  The Museum and parking will be on your right. 
From Route 81 going North, take Exit 47 to Route 12, drive into the Village of Clayton on James Street.  Take your second left on Mary Street.  The Museum and parking will be on your right. 

Key Personnel:

Executive Director, John MacLean
Director of Museum Operations, John Summers
Curator, Rebecca Hopfinger
Director of Education, Jenifer Holcombe Soykan
Events Coordinator, Charlotte Yehle
Membership Coordinator, Sonja Ophardt
Volunteer Coordinator, Wink Beadel
Museum Store Manager, Anne L. Mellon
Accounting Manager, Linda Wright
Facilities Manager, Bud Gray

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