Thursday, May 5, 2016

Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY, opens for 2016 season.

CLAYTON, New York (May 5, 2016) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6 and will be open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Columbus Day. The ABM’s Bowline Boutique will also open and admission is not required to shop.

Ride the River boat rides will begin Friday, May 27, providing visitors with the opportunity to take a 45 minute boat ride through the 1000 Islands in the ABM’s triple cockpit runabout for just $25. Guided tours of the houseboat, La Duchesse, will also begin Friday, May 27 and are included in regular admission. Skiff rowing will be available to visitors later in the month of June. The Free Tuesday Night Sailing and Rowing program will run in July and August.

2016 Admission Rates

Regular admission rates for the 2016 “summer” season are shown below –

Member                                              Free
Adult                                                     $14
Senior (65+)                                       $12
Youth                                                    $8
Child (6 & under)                              Free
Group                                                   Vary, call ahead for rates
Military (active/retired)                Free
Retired Military Spouse                 $9

Museum Hours of Operation
9 a.m. until 5 p.m.            7 days a week beginning May 6 through Columbus Day

A detailed listing of Museum special events and educational courses is available at

2016 ABM Event Schedule

Volunteer Breakfast                                                                                                                                                      May 26

1000 Islands Family Day with free admission                                                                                                       June 11

POSH Picnic                                                                                                                                                                           July 3

1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance featuring Italian made vehicles                                                                July 9

52nd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction featuring Disappearing Propeller Boats                    August 5-7
·         Antique Boat Auction presented by Antique Boat America    1 p.m.                                        August 6
·         Boat Show Block Dance featuring Bad Husbands Club   8 p.m.                                                 August 6

Antique Raceboat Regatta                                                                                                                               August 19-21

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner                                                                                                                     September 8

2016 ABM Education Schedule

Camp ABM See website for specific dates                                                                                    June 27 – August 12
·         Seven separate week-long sessions (ages 4-9)

Sailing See website for specific dates                                                                                              June 27 – August 18 
·         Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
·         Advanced Junior Sailing (ages 8-15)
·         Teen Sailing (ages 12-18)
·         Comet Class (all ages, previous sailing experience required)
·         Adult Sailing

Boater Safety                                                             May 31-June 1, June 25, July 18-19, August 9-10, August 27

Paddle Making                                                                                                                                                                     July 9

Family Boatbuilding                                                                                                                                                   July 11-16

Make a Leather-Bound Journal/Sketchbook                                                                                                        July 13

Chesapeake Light Craft Kayak Building                                                                                                              July 25-29

Decorative Knot Tying                                                                                                                                July 12, August 2

Introduction to Caning                                                                                                                                             August 16                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, including the world’s largest runabout, Pardon Me, and a 113-year old gilded-age two-story houseboat, La Duchesse. In addition, the ABM plays host to the longest running antique boat show in North America and is considered the birthplace of antique raceboat regattas. The Museum will open for the 2016 season on Friday, May 6. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at