Antique Boat Museum Opening Day

May 2022 Multimedia

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, opens for the 2022 season on Saturday, May 7 and will remain open seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Columbus Day. After Columbus Day, the Museum will be open weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., through October 30th. The Museum Store will also open Saturday, May 7 and admission is not required to shop the Store. 

Ride the River boat rides will begin Memorial Day Weekend, providing visitors with the opportunity to take a 45-minute boat ride through the 1000 Islands in the ABM’s triple cockpit runabout. Guided walking tours of the historic houseboat, La Duchesse, will also begin Memorial Day Weekend. Skiff rowing will be available to visitors starting in the month of June. The Free Community Sailing and Rowing program will run in July and August. Detailed listings of ABM special events and educational courses are available at

2022 Admission Rates 

ABM visitors continue to have a choice of four admission packages: General Admission; Tour of La Duchesse & General Admission; Ride the River & General Admission; and Ride the River, Tour of La Duchesse & General Admission. Complete package pricing is available on the Museum website, Discount admission is available for seniors, youth and children, and families of four. ABM is pleased to announce that this year discount admission will be offered to all holders of a valid military ID: active duty, retired, reserve, and dependent.

New Exhibits 

Two new exhibits debut in the Elizabeth and Bolling Haxall Building this year: The Old Reliable: The Historically Inspired Designs of Slipstream Watercraft in the Homer L. Dodge Gallery and Beneath the Surface: The Maritime Artwork of Roland Stevens in the concours gallery between the Gordon and Coffin Galleries.  The Old Reliable exhibition showcases Slipstream Watercraft’s appreciation for classically elegant paddling designs manufactured from modern materials.  It also displays the Slipstream building process alongside the historic vessels that inspired the company’s founders.  Beneath the Surface features Roland “Chip” Stevens’ watercolors of shipwrecks with ties to the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.  We invite you to come and experience your favorite boating history as it comes to life.

2022 ABM Special Event Schedule 

June 1: Volunteer Coffee & Connect Brunch catered by Clipper Inn

June 4: 1000 Islands Family Free Day FREE admission for everyone

June 4-10: Steamboats Visit the ABM

June 17: Exhibit Opening Reception

June 25: 1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Featuring Cars of Continental Europe

July 15: Members Annual Meeting

July 20: Volunteer Mid-Season Coffee & Connect

August 5-7: 58th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction Celebrating Chris-Craft’s 100th Anniversary 

August 20: Need for Speed A brand new event

2022 ABM Educational Programming Schedule 

May 16-October 20: Boat America USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety course; See website for specific dates 

June 11: Tool Sharpening

June 18: 1st 2022 Homer L. Dodge Lecture – Rushton and Slipstream

June 27-August 18: Sailing See website for specific dates

June 29: River Rat Day 1 – Something Fishy

June 30-July 1: Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Free

July 5: River Rat Day 2 – Model Skiff Building

July 12 & 14: Lines Taking

July 19: River Rat Day 3 – Junior Maritime Archaeology

July 23: Family Birdhouse Building

July 26 & 28: Lofting

August 10: River Rat Day 4 – Who Lives in the St. Lawrence River?

August 27 & 28: Half Hull Making

August 30 & September 1: Hand Plane Making

September 13 & 15: Paddle Making

October 3-7: Bronze Casting

October 15: Winterize Your Own Boat

About ABM

Located on the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY, ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts. Each summer the 4.5-acre waterfront campus comes alive with numerous educational programs and special events, including the longest running antique boat show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at 

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