Finger Lakes Boating Museum found its permanent home in 2014 on the South end of Keuka Lake just outside of the village of Hammondsport. The historic property allows the organization to exhibit a good selection of the collection while maintaining room to expand in the future.
DIRECTIONS | PARKING
We are located on Pleasant Valley Rd just outside the village of Hammondsport. Our building is across from Pleasant Valley Winery and has two large wooden arched doorways on the front. Our driveway is on the southern side of our building.
Follow the signs all the way up the hill and parking is provided at the back of the building where our main entrance is.
8231 Pleasant Valley Rd
Hammondsport, NY 14840
In 1996 a small group of dedicated antique boating enthusiasts, motivated in part by a common concern over the rapidly dwindling population of locally-built wooden boats, committed to establishing a museum that would preserve the boating heritage of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The museum founders, all active in the "antique boat world," felt that a museum focusing on the impact that recreational and commercial boating had on the development of the lakes and tourism in the Finger Lakes Region would increase appreciation and awareness as well as help preserve these vintage craft.
The Museum Collection has now grown to more than 150 boats built by many of the 40+ commercial builders identified to date as having built boats throughout the Finger Lakes Region during the last century.
The museum currently has 3 floors of the Historic former Taylor Wine building to explore with several exhibit spaces and a new wing renovated in 2015. Visitors can see canoes, rowboats, row outboards, outboard runabouts, inboards, hydroplane and sailboats; as well as many related artifacts and ephemera.
Our main building also contains an active boat shop where visitors are able to see restoration projects underway.