Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796 - United States



The Long Island Maritime Museum was founded in 1966 and is located on the historic West Sayville waterfront. The museum grounds, once part of the Meadow Edge estate of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Hard, is now comprised of fourteen acres and nine historic buildings. Charged with the mission of preserving Long Island’s maritime history and heritage for educational purposes, the Museum has been welcoming visitors from all over the world for over 50 years.

The stated purpose of the museum shall be: To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes. To purchase, collect, restore and preserve boats, vessels and related equipment having to do with past and present maritime activities of Long Island, including but not limited to shipbuilding, whaling, shell fishing, commercial and sport fishing, wild fowling, pleasure and competitive boating, watercraft and the ethnic heritage pertaining there to. To restore, preserve, interpret, display and exhibit watercraft of historical interest, models of ships and small craft, tools and implements of the maritime crafts and trades, wild fowling decoys, paintings, prints, maps, charts, and books, and displays featuring wildlife.


The Long Island Maritime Museum features 4 different exhibits!

Long Island Shipwrecks
Check out our comprehensive map of Long Island shipwrecks and the equipment used to save sailors by The United States Life Saving Service.

Oyster House
A typical culling house that once dominated the south shore of Long Island during the oyster craze of the 19th to early 20th century.

Bayman's Cottage
Built in 1890 and home to Dutch family the Beebes. See what it was like living in West Sayville during the early 20th century.

Small Craft Building
Check out our collection of over 75 boats, all hand built and used on Long Island waters.

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