Attention, history buffs:

March 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

 Red Hook’s Waterfront Museum, which is normally docked in Brooklyn, is coming to Hoboken!

The floating museum will be docked between Hoboken’s Pier A Park and the NJ Transit terminal from May 26 to June 4. The Waterfront Museum is housed aboard a 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge, which was used to carry coal and freight from Hoboken’s Erie-Lackawanna terminal across the Hudson to New York City.

The 1907 tugboat Pegasus, docked in Jersey City, will pull the Waterfront Museum over to Hoboken. Both the Lehigh Valley Barge and Pegasus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors are encouraged to come check out the Waterfront Museum and barge for the brief — but jam-packed — time they’ll be in Hoboken.

Here’s a list of ALL the programs aboard the tugboat and barge:

• Free family tugboat trips: See the workings of The Port of New York/New Jersey as a commercial hub that delivers things like fuel, clothes and food. Participants will also discover the natural resources and wildlife of the harbor. Free four-hour harbor tours on May 30 and 31, leaving at 1 p.m. For more information visit or call (212) 406-2225.

• On May 27 at 7:30 p.m., see Vincent, a multi-image dramatic staging performed by The Theater Company in residence at DeBaun Center for Performing Arts. Vincent is a 2-person play that brings the excitement and color of Van Gogh’s life to the stage, enhanced with slide projection of his work. Tickets are $10 at the door.

• On May 28 at 7:30 p.m., watch the film “Steamboat Bill Junior” starring Buster Keaton. The 1928 film will be introduced and presented with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model, silent film accompanist at MoMA. Buster Keaton plays the son of a riverboat captain who comes home from college to help run the family business. Archival footage of NY Harbor filmed between 1896-1906 will also be shown. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

• Hear a staged reading of On the Waterfront on May 29. A complimentary wine & cheese tasting will be at 7:00 p.m.; the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Hear Budd Schulberg’s classic story of the New York/New Jersey waterfronts and the racketeering unions controlling it. Produced by the Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $18.

• Family-friendly rock and roll”The Fuzzy Lemons” on May 30 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door.

• On May 30, from 8-11 p.m., hear the “Sunset Music Series” featuring sea shanties and bluegrass music. Drinks and light refreshments available. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

• On Sunday, May 31, at 1 and 4 p.m., there will be a circus at the museum with performers from around the globe.

• Bob Foster, Executive Director at the Hoboken Historical Museum will speak on June 2 at 7 p.m. on “How They Honored Hudson and Fulton in the Celebration of 1909.” Advance tickets are $5; $7 at the door.

• On June 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be a tug and barge fundraiser: Come relax and enjoy an evening of fun and festivities bringing history to life while supporting the tug and barge to visit towns up and down the Hudson. There will be complimentary food, wine, beer and entertainment. For more information visit or call (212) 406-2225.

Advance tickets for any of the above events can be ordered at or toll-free (877) 238-5596.

There will also be open barge tours on May 27, 28 and June 2 from 5-7 p.m.

For tug and barge tours for schools, seniors, scouts, etc., call (718) 624-4719, ext. 11.


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