Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville

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 Meadowedge 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 40 years.

Inside one of the National Historic Landmarks, the Rudolph Oyster House, visitors can take a look at the industry and the families who made it work, as well as what happened to it and the aquaculture in the Great South Bay today.

In the days of dead reckoning and no electronic aids for navigation, it is a small wonder that ships, sometimes having been at sea for more than a year, often ended up aground on the island’s barrier beaches. The exhibits show how weather, chance, and human error conspired to make the waters around Long Island a “valley of ship wrecks”.
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  • Totally enjoyed the historical talks and the sailing experience. Staff is super friendly and let my husband work the lines and even sail the boat. Terrific day at sea. Highly recommend.  more »
  • Our visit to the LI Maritime Museum was just fantastic! Everything about the museum and the grounds was so informative, we learned so much! The staff was so knowledgeable and friendly.....we can't wai...  more »
  • What a beautiful location for a tent wedding on the water! #camelotrentals #tentwedding #limaritimemuseum #theknotpro
  • Went to hear a lecture on haunted spots on Long Island. Staff very friendly and plenty of parking. I'm not big into Maritime history but I think this museum is a little gem and it is so important to preserving Long Island's history as it relates to the water that surrounds us.

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