Maritime Museum becomes yearround museum
The Hudson River Maritime Museum has become a year-round facility after more than 35 years in operation.
Through a grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the museum is continuing with its facade and facility improvements, according to a press release.
The release said new energy systems governing an advanced, low-energy heat pump and geothermal HVAC installed in the East Gallery have made it possible to provide warmth through the winter months and cool comfort during summer. The release added that photovoltaic panels have been in place on the museum’s roof since November 2015.
Having year-round access to all the galleries and exhibits expands the possibilities for the museum’s education programs for youngsters and adults, and to the community as a whole, the release said.
Sarah Wassberg, the museum’s director of education, said school tours have already been scheduled during winter months that were previously not possible due to the lack of heat in the East Gallery, according to the release.
The museum is also currently undergoing renovation of its main entrance, but the new and wider entrance ramp should be finished in time for the holidays. In the meantime, visitors can enter the exhibits through the courtyard side entrance.
With the new improvements, the museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Then, beginning Dec. 1, the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. It will be closed Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, resuming its operating hours Jan. 5.
April 29 will mark the return of the museum being open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.hrmm.org.