The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is home to a vast collection of boats and history. But it's so much more than that. It is a commitment to the preservation and the teaching of boating history with the hopes to spread awareness and love of all things boating through the Finger Lakes.
Over the last few years the dedicated staff and volunteers work hard so that the members and visitors always have a great experience and take something new away from their visit. Through viewing the displays, visiting the restoration shop, and possibly attending one of the classes offered the visitor gets a more well-rounded understanding of the history that lives within the walls of the museum and has a better understanding of their mission.
Here are some of the great things happening at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.
Housed in old historic Taylor Wine Company buildings the collection of over 150 boats is on display for visitors to check out. You can expect to find a large variety of boats in all shapes and sizes. There are canoes, rowboats, row outboards, outboard runabouts, inboards, hydroplane and sailboats. You'll also find steamboat replicas, many related artifacts and ephemera. With a play and learn area for kids, and a model fishing shack Start your tour with a short video on the history of boating in the Finger Lakes and then you are on your way to check out all of the great thigs there are to see in the museum.
The restorations shop is always working on something new and exciting, or restoring the old and beloved. In 2014 the Pat II was moved into the restoration shop and is currently being worked on with the hopes it will be a Flagship and Ambassador to the Finger Lakes. The Pat II will be used as a Tour Boat on Keuka Lake, something that has been missed on the lake for quite some time, and will be moved to other Finger Lakes for tours as well. Help support furthering the restoration and help get the Pat II get back out on the water where it belongs. Visitors are encouraged to stop into the restoration shop and talk with the volunteers who do all of the hard work, and to see what is done.
If seeing all of the great things happening at the museum has peaked your interest them you're in luck because you can get involved! How you may ask? Well the museum is always looking for volunteers, become a member, or sign up for the Academy. One way that the museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting boating on the Finger Lakes is by education. The Academy at Finger Lakes Boating Museum offers many opportunities for the public to get involved. Attend a lecture or a demonstration, take a workshop or class. Get your kids involved with one of their youth programs. The FLBM also offers a boating safety course for those who wish to get out of the water. Take advantage of one or more of the great opportunities that finger Lakes Boating Museum offers to all of its visitors.
Just minutes away from Keuka Lake in Hammondsport the Finger Lakes Boating Museum is a great way to spend the afternoon in the Finger Lakes.
Finger Lakes Boating Museum is open daily from 10am-6pm
Adults are $7.00 Children 12 and under, and members are free.