The Finger Lakes Boating Museum (FLBM) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997 to educate and preserve boating activities and boat building history in the Finger Lakes region.
Founded by a small group of antique boating enthusiasts, FLBM’s founders committed to building a museum that would document the impact that recreational and commercial boating has had on the region’s history, while increasing appreciation and awareness of the Finger Lakes’ rich boating heritage.
In 2014, the museum’s permanent location was moved to 8231 Pleasant Valley Road, the former site of the historic Taylor Wine building, located just outside the beautiful village of Hammondsport at the South end of Keuka Lake.
The museum occupies three floors, with several exhibit spaces, as well as a newly renovated wing updated in 2015. Visitors can browse canoes, rowboats, row outboards, outboard runabouts, inboards, hydroplanes, sailboats, and related artifacts and reference material.
The Museum Collection houses more than 150 boats, built by many of the commercial boat builders that have made a significant impact on development in the Finger Lakes region during the past century. The museum’s main building also features a boat shop where visitors may see active restoration projects underway.
In keeping with their goal of providing education to the public, the museum also established the Finger Lakes Boating Academy (FLBA) to service all educational activities: hands-on courses, monthly lectures, demonstrations, workshops, youth programs, “on-water programs,” and other special events.
In the future, FLBA will provide regularly scheduled and diverse programs at various places in the community, offering the public a chance to learn more about the history and skills of boating in the Finger Lakes.