Visit The Barge!
The Waterfront Museum is open on SATURDAYS 1-5pm and THURSDAYS 4-8pm (Closed the last two weeks of December) for free tours to the general public.
See the captain’s original living quarters, the tools used by longshoremen and other waterfront workers, and the gongs and bells of the Port of New York maritime network. Docents tell the story of the barge’s rescue from the mud and kids love the ball machine that whirls, jumps and plays music via gravity.
The Waterfront Museum is located at 290 Conover Street, accessible by foot through a private parking lot to reach Pier 44.
Weekend maintenance often disrupts transit service so we recommend using an online trip planner.
There are no direct subway routes to the Waterfront Museum barge. You must transfer from the train to the B61 bus.
NYC Ferry stops a 10 minute away in Atlantic Basin. The IKEA ferry stops a 10 minute walk away in Erie Basin, as does the B57 bus.
Citibike is also available at all area subway stops and throughout Red Hook.
The Waterfront Museum is at the center of a 9 block gap in the Brooklyn Greenway. The best routes that avoid Belgium block pavement are Van Brunt from the north and Lorraine from west.
Group ToursThe Waterfront Museum barge offers year round experiences for schools, camps, senior groups, and others at its mooring in Red Hook opposite the Statue of Liberty. All ages welcome and visits are tailored for the age range. Customized group experiences may be scheduled for almost any day of the year by appointment. The museum has an accessible entrance. Download our one-page Group Tour flyer Book your Trip Today!
School & Camp Field Trips
Visits aboard our floating classroom include first-hand learning about geography, history, social studies and science. And no visit is complete without entertainment by the captain (a former professional juggler) just like the showboats of old times.
Watch a short movie done by PS 10 4th graders describing what they learned. For pre-visit or post-visit materials, educators can download the museum’s 4th grade curriculum.