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 Exciting New Exhibits for the 2016 Season

Opening Day, Saturday, May 28th 10am to 4pm 

Opening Reception Thursday, June 2nd 6pm GET TICKETS


October, 1922 cover, MotorBoating magazine.

Opening day is just around the corner and we wanted to share some of the exciting new exhibits that will be on display during the 2016 season.  The Museum will host a number of exhibits that explore the world of boating and life on New Hampshire’s many lakes. The featured exhibit, “We’ve Got You Covered: Art From MotorBoating Magazine Covers 1914-1935,” looks back at a time when magazine covers were true works of art. The exhibit is on loan from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.


Before the advent of digital graphic design, many magazines commissioned artists to create paintings to be used on their magazine covers. Most people are familiar with  Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. MotorBoating magazine also commissioned cover artists. The artists’ paintings depicted what was then the latest motor boats driven by beautiful women and men. Today, these covers are not only visually appealing, but are historically interesting because they let us see boats from a bygone age.


MotorBoating magazine was founded in 1907 by the Motor Boating Company, Inc. In 1909, the magazine was purchased by the famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hurst. The magazine had a long history as the foremost publication for the boating industry. The exhibit will display 30 covers spanning 1914-1935. The exhibit also will include many copies of the original magazines from the Boat Museum’s collection.


“We’ve Got You Covered” is just one of the Boat Museum’s attractions for this season. Another exhibit, “The Seduction of Speed: Ice Boating” will look at the lure of ice boats. The exhibit will feature the Boat Museum’s newly restored 1920s ice boat, a vintage skate sail, along with historic photos, video footage, and other ice boating memorabilia.


The Boat Museum’s 1920s stern steering ice boat, similar to the one illustrated here, will be on exhibit.

The third exhibit will be on “McDuff Motors: A Local Enterprise.” The exhibit features McDuff motors from the collection of Jeff Fay, as well as the New Hampshire Boat Museum. The exhibit will look at the development of the McDuff Motor Company in Lakeport during the early part of the 1900s.

Museum interior 2 houle


And, of course, the Museum will feature a wide range of glorious vintage boats on display from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as ones on loan from other collectors.









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