The simple country residence was built circa 1840 in the Gothic revival style. In 1850, Meucci and his wife Ester learned of its availability and soon after began renting it. Shortly thereafter, Garibaldi arrived in New York seeking refuge. Meucci offered him the hospitality of his home and together they worked in his candle factory. Later, in 1854, Garibaldi returned to Italy leading military forces that would provide for the unification of Italy and would win him worldwide fame.When Garibaldi died in 1882, a committee formed to commemorate the hero's stay on these shores. In 1884, Meucci was on hand when a plaque was placed over the front door of the house. After Meucci's death the house was turned over to the Italian Community to be preserved as a memorial to Garibaldi.
In 1907, on the centennial of the hero's birth, the house was moved to its present location, and here a pantheon was erected over it. In 1919, the Garibaldi Society turned the house over to the Order Sons of Italy in America. The Order has restored and maintain the house ever since. With the assistance of the cultural department of the Italian Embassy, artifacts were collected from around the world. In May of 1956, the house was opened to the public and rededicated as The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. Today, the museum is a National Landmark owed and operated by the Order Sons of Italy in America. Use our Staten Island trip itinerary planning tool to add Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and other attractions to your Staten Island vacation plans.
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In case you thought it was Alexander Bell. You are mistaken. Antonio Meucci did in this house on Staten Island. Giuseppe Garibaldi the George Washington of Italy also lived here. A lot of history.... more »
Visited the Meucci’s house where Giuseppe GARIBALDI lived in has been an experience for us. Many objects to see used by the man that made Italy. Meucci story is a injustice story. Definitely Bell... more »
If you know nothing about hauntings and do not care to then this place is not for you. There are plenty of orbs, ghosts, and unexplainable energies at this location. It’s a bit freaky if you are not comfortable with the other side. So be ready to experience the Unknown. A must see visit if you are into this kind of thing.
I checked out this museum while chilling in Staten Island for the day. It was a very interesting an educational experience. Admission was $8 which was a bit high but I supported the museum since I didn't know when and if I would return to the area. We received a brief lecture on the history of the museum by the museum Director who very friendly and cool. We also watched a small documentary before actually touring the museum. The controversy over whether Antonio Meucci invented of the telephone and didn't get his due credit will always be up for debate. It was informative and did raise a lot of questions about Meucci actual contributions. Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and politician and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy. He personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the Italian unification. The museum had your typical items to check out on the first and second floor. Outside of the museum was a beautiful display of flags representing our veterans. I would recommend this museum to everyone, which gives you insight on the history of unsung heroes
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