7. The Waterfront Barge Museum
Founded in 1986, The Waterfront Barge Museum is home to the 100-year-old Lehigh Valley No. 79, the only existing barge in the world today generally left open to the public. New York was known for transporting goods in barges, the essential fuel for New York’s economy. The museum educates visitors about life on the barge by showcasing the living chambers and stevedore’s tools. It operates afloat, and during the summer, it even travels to other boats using a tugboat, much like a traveling exhibition.
In 1994, the museum relocated to Red Hook as its permanent home. Visitors can see old signage from New York’s harbor, ring ancient bells, and enjoy revolving marine art. Open boat tours are once again available, as well as virtual barge tours online. The museum also hosts classes, exhibits, and concerts. They’re open Thursdays 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays 4-8 p.m.