Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville

4.6
Must see · History Museum · Specialty Museum
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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  • The crew was great! The weather was perfect! and great dinner at the Snapper Inn. What a great birthday gift!  more »
  • Beautiful day out on the Great South Bay on the 1888 Priscilla. Great history and smooth sailing as I took the helm at the end and glided is back towards our port.  more »
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  • 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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