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Antique Boat Museum

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Address: 750 Mary St., Clayton, NY 13624-1119
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+1 315-686-4104
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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This museum houses an impressive collection of wooden sea vessels.

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Lots of wood

We where camping in the area and decided to swing in and have a look. The boat history there is amazing. Definitely worth a look.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
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Medina, New York
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Medina, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We where camping in the area and decided to swing in and have a look. The boat history there is amazing. Definitely worth a look.

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Denver, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The reception people sent us first across the street to the power boat building, perhaps because of the tour bus that was unloading? Those were beautiful but so much the pastimes of the very rich. I liked the sections about canoes, rowboats, kayaks best. There were many to view and lots of information, well presented.

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Owego, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We were disappointed that it had closed for the season but would open by appointment. As we shivered outside their doors, we gave them a call. Margaret graciously let us in to the main building, turned on the lights, movies etc and left us to look around for as long as we wanted. 2 hours later we left happy campers!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

It is the finest Boat Museum I have ever visited. Wonderful old boats. Location excellent. You need to go in August when they have their annual boat show with people from all over the country showing their boats. Kp

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I have visited this world class boat museum for many years and I never tire of it. It is home to one of the best collections of fresh water boats in the world. Having grown up water-skiing behind an old Chris Craft boat in California, I'm especially partial to the Chris Craft collection. Don't miss the outstanding collection of vintage... More 

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Emporium, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

For our 60th wedding anniversary, I wanted to select some place to go that hubby would love. As we have had a boat all our married life and he loved the old wooden boats, I found on the net just the place that was not too far to travel and had very nice accommodations. The Wooden Boat Museum was just... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Very impressive museum. I am a collector of antique outboard motors and 50s-60s runabout boats. I assumed that this museum would be rather basic. I was pleasantly surprised to see what a great job they have done in making the displays interesting for the general public, and yet in depth enough for the less casual visitor.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Well worth spending 2-3 hours exploring all elements of this multiple-building museum that's been a source of local pride in Clayton for years. Woodies from small to 40'+ are in a dedicated area, and are simply works of boatbuilders' art. The human-powered (canoes, sailboats, guide boats) building was fascinating. If there was a disappointing part of the museum, it was... More 

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Glendora
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The other reviews nail this one. This is definitely a national treasure and an incredible exhibit(s). The boats in the exhibits have been beautifully restored and are shown in a way that illustrates the evolution of various types of vessels (canoes, speedboats, etc.) as well as delving into the history of boating on the St.Lawrence River. If one is anywhere... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you're anywhere near Clayton, NY, make sure this is on your list. Allow at least 1.5 to 2 hrs. If you're a real boat aficionado you might want to plan for 2-3 hrs. There are several buildings with dozens of boats to look at, some you can board and really get a good look. Canoes, race boats, pleasure craft,... More 

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