Waterfront Barge Showboat & Museum

Visit The Barge!

Open Hours

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.

We are closed Saturday, July 27th; Saturday, August 10th; and Saturday, August 17th 2024.

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.

Group tours are available for a fee any day by appointment. Book your group tour here.

Virtual Tours

Go behind the scenes with this pandemic lockdown virtual tour below decks and into the barge’s past with Turnstile Tours.

Below deck on the barge


The Waterfront Museum is located at 290 Conover Street, accessible by foot through a private parking lot to reach Pier 44.

Google Map Directions

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.

The Waterfront Barge Museum is a 5 minute drive from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at the Atlantic Ave (if heading east) or Hamilton Ave.(heading west) exits. Get Directions

The Waterfront Museum.
290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
718 123-1234

Group Tours

The Waterfront Museum barge offers year round experiences for international and domestic tour groups, 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
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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.

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Kids Notes

School Trip Testimonials

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