Mar­itime Mu­seum be­comes year­round mu­seum

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS -

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.

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