Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum The Museum is dedicated to Sag Harbor's rich history as a prosperous whaling port. We house the largest collection of whaling equipment in New York State.
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The Museum is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Check our website to visit our Virtual Museum, and to get news on our special events being held between now and the end of the year. Thank you to our Members and Visitors for stopping by in 2020!

Operating as usual

Come on by for a FRIGHTENINGLY good time!
10/11/2020

Come on by for a FRIGHTENINGLY good time!

09/27/2020

CLOSING OCTOBER 11th!

Dear Friends - Just two weeks left in the season! We will be closing at 4:30pm on Sunday October 11th. Don't miss your chance to see our popular Cappy Amundsen art exhibit, and all the other treasures on display!

We're on a staggered entry system this year, so RESERVATIONS are highly recommended. Check out our website for details.

We hope to see you soon!

NOW OPEN!  Come see the wonderful art of local legend Cappy Amundsen.  THU-SUN 10-4 (NOTE: Staggered Entry System.  Rese...
08/15/2020

NOW OPEN! Come see the wonderful art of local legend Cappy Amundsen. THU-SUN 10-4 (NOTE: Staggered Entry System. Reservations highly recommended. Call 631-725-0770

08/11/2020

OUR BUILDING IS NOW OPEN!
Thur-Sun, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
(Last entry 4:00)

We'll be offering "Staggered Entry," with parties of up to six allowed in on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour.

Parties with reservations take priority, so reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are by phone only, and accepted up to one week in advance. Call 631-725-0770.

(Your safety is our number one priority. Masks are mandatory while inside the museum)

EXHIBIT OPENING FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th
"ALSO KNOWN AS: The Art and Aliases of Cappy Amundsen."

What drives an artist to paint under 20 different aliases? Come find out the answer! Over twenty paintings on exhibit by one of Sag Harbor's most notable artists.

Our Current Outdoor Exhibits.  Come on by!
07/24/2020

Our Current Outdoor Exhibits. Come on by!

07/23/2020

Ahoy!
WE ARE NOW OPEN!
Thursday-Sunday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

While our building remains closed at the moment, we have a range of OUTDOOR EXHIBITS now on display, including village history, whaling history, a look at turn of the century Sag Harbor through postcards, and the spectacular underwater photography of Tim Duncan!

Outdoor exhibits are $5 per person 8yo and older; free for 7yo and younger.

Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet’s larg...
04/08/2020
A.I. Is Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean’s Worth of Data

Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet’s largest bodies of water.

Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet’s largest bodies of water.

"Of all the attractions to be tied up at Long Wharf, from mega yachts to classic sailboats, it’s a safe bet that the gia...
02/23/2020
A Whale Of A Story Floating Side Show Once Visited Sag Harbor - 27 East

"Of all the attractions to be tied up at Long Wharf, from mega yachts to classic sailboats, it’s a safe bet that the giant finback whale that made an appearance in Sag Harbor during a fire department tournament in September 1888 ranks as the most unusual."

By Stephen J. Kotz Of all the attractions to be tied up at Long Wharf, from mega yachts to classic sailboats, it’s a safe bet that the giant finback whale that made an appearance in Sag Harbor during a fire department tournament in September 1888 ran

Sag Harbor Express
01/27/2020

Sag Harbor Express

While excavating old material on Long Wharf, contractors from Chesterfield & Associates unearthed a 58 inch piece of curved railroad. The railroad extended out onto Long Wharf in 1901 to deliver coal from coal cars to steamboats moored on the Wharf. @hellercreative photos @ Sag Harbor, New York

Bored Panda
01/21/2020
Bored Panda

Bored Panda

40-ton whale was just filmed jumping completely out of the water, and this incredible video is going viral:

Just about 3 weeks until our Holiday party!Save $10 per ticket when you buy them in advance.
11/14/2019
6th Annual Holiday & Cocktail Fundraiser

Just about 3 weeks until our Holiday party!
Save $10 per ticket when you buy them in advance.

Celebrate the Holiday season at The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum's Sixth Annual Holiday Cocktail Party and Fundraiser!

The "725"  Exhibit curated by Michael A. Butler opens tonight, Friday, September 13th, 2019. Please join us for a recept...
09/13/2019

The "725" Exhibit curated by Michael A. Butler opens tonight, Friday, September 13th, 2019. Please join us for a reception from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This exhibit is a wonderful display of local artists’ work for sale. Many of those artists will be in attendance, so do come to show your support. Exhibit continues through October 13th.

Unfortunately, tonight’s concert with @nancyatlas has been canceled due to the weather.
09/06/2019

Unfortunately, tonight’s concert with @nancyatlas has been canceled due to the weather.

On Thursday, August 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., Mr. McAllister and the actor and activist Alec Baldwin will engage in a conver...
08/12/2019
Kevin McAllister Of DefendH2O Talks About Climate Change

On Thursday, August 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., Mr. McAllister and the actor and activist Alec Baldwin will engage in a conversation, titled “Living on the Edge in the Face of Climate Change,” at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. The public discussion will focus on the future of Long Island’s shoreline, rising sea levels, climate change and water quality.

Long Island’s well-being depends on a healthy environment, including healthy beaches, according to Kevin McAllister, who

Now open! Toy Story - 20th Century Toys and Games, curated by Richard Doctorow is now on exhibit at The Museum through S...
08/10/2019

Now open! Toy Story - 20th Century Toys and Games, curated by Richard Doctorow is now on exhibit at The Museum through September 5th.
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Toy Story presents part of our large collection of late 19th and early 20th century toys, dolls and board games – come and see how the children of yesteryear had fun!
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The exhibit also includes artworks (available for purchase) by contemporary local artists that explore the themes of childhood, play and toys.
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Warning: Visitors will be in danger of learning some history as well…
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The concept of childhood - of what a child’s life should be - has not always been what it is today. Indeed, for most of history it was something very different entirely. It wasn’t until the 1700s that childhood became seen as a time of sanctuary before the hardships and perils of adulthood, and not until the 1800s that the modern concept of childhood being a time for idyllic frolic, innocence and play became the norm. These changes were reflected in the toys and games themselves as over time they became less morally instructive and more “fun for fun’s sake.” Come and explore the fascinating story that toys can tell us about the changing nature of childhood, of society and of ourselves.

Sag Harbor Express
08/01/2019
Sag Harbor Express

Sag Harbor Express

For Cynthia Pease Roe, garbage can be used to make sculptures of anything from mermaids to manta rays. Through her organization, UpSculpt, she has been dedicated to raising awareness about marine debris through art for over 10 years. https://bit.ly/2JQmJfX

“Chase is ‘more than 100% confident’ the sea lion swam away just fine after it ended up in the whale's mouth.”
08/01/2019
Whale 'swallowing' sea lion caught on camera

“Chase is ‘more than 100% confident’ the sea lion swam away just fine after it ended up in the whale's mouth.”

Wildlife photographer Chase Dekker took the photos while whale watching in California.

Plankton Not PlasticWorks by Environmental Artist, Cindy Pease Roe.July 26th - August 4th.Opening Reception: Friday, Jul...
07/23/2019

Plankton Not Plastic
Works by Environmental Artist, Cindy Pease Roe.

July 26th - August 4th.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 26th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

PLANKTON NOT PLASTICS celebrates the remarkable biodiversity of the elegant drifters that wander the currents of the ocean.

plank·ton - noun
the small and microscopic organisms drifting or floating in the sea or fresh water, consisting chiefly of diatoms, protozoans, small crustaceans, and the eggs and larval stages of larger animals. Many animals are adapted to feed on plankton, especially by filtering the water.

Cindy’s paintings and sculptures celebrate the luminous beauty of plankton. These works of art simultaneously enchant and engage the public on issues surrounding micro plastics and its effect on the largest to the tiniest of the ocean's creatures. 🐋🙏🌊

Our UpSculpt Workshops with Cindy Pease Roe begin this weekend! Sign up now to reserve your spot by emailing info@saghar...
07/23/2019

Our UpSculpt Workshops with Cindy Pease Roe begin this weekend! Sign up now to reserve your spot by emailing [email protected] or calling us at (631) 725-0770.
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UpSculpt workshops give participants a hands-on introduction to the sculpting process with a focus on marine conservation. Cindy will demonstrate basic technique using marine plastic debris to help you make your own plankton inspired sculpture to take home.
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Cost for the workshop is $25 for first child and $10 for each additional child in family and includes materials. Reservation recommended as space is limited. Email [email protected] or call (631) 725-0770 to reserve your spot! FOR AGES 8+

Today, join documentary filmmaker and writer Thomas Halaczinsky as he discusses his latest published work, Archipelago N...
07/14/2019

Today, join documentary filmmaker and writer Thomas Halaczinsky as he discusses his latest published work, Archipelago New York, at The Museum from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Aboard his thirty-foot sailboat as he follows the course of Adriaen Block, the first European who in 1614 sailed and mapped the more than 70 islands from New York Harbor to Fishers Island Sound creating a mesmerizing photographic and literary log book where he unravels the mysteries and stories of these islands.

Thomas Halaczinsky is an award-winning New York documentary filmmaker, photographer, and writer who divides his time between Brooklyn and Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork, where he keeps his thirty-foot sailboat Sojourn. His work focuses on the relationship between people and places. In documentary films such as Coney Island: A last Summer (for German/French broadcaster ARTE in 2008) and Don’t Call it Heimweh, the opening film of the 2005 Berlin Jewish Film Festival, he explored the importance of place for the identity of the protagonists. In 1996 he won an ACE award for his contribution to the EMMY-awarded film Calling the Ghost. In 2016 his photographic series "Archipelago New York," featured in this book, received an honorable mention at the Tokyo International Photo Award.

Artist Bob Weinstein has created a special print as part of the Mailing Whaling show. A limited edition of 10, each prin...
06/26/2019

Artist Bob Weinstein has created a special print as part of the Mailing Whaling show. A limited edition of 10, each print is hand numbered and signed by the artist. Printed on 22” x 28" archival paper, and available for $1,250.00 unframed, all proceeds will go directly to The Museum.

Call or email the Museum at 631.725.0770 or [email protected] to reserve yours today!

The Independent Newspaper
06/07/2019
The Independent Newspaper

The Independent Newspaper

Parrish Art Museum brought its Road Show to the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.
Gallery by Tom Kochie

The Moby Dick Reading Marathon has returned! 🐋 Join us at the Museum tomorrow, June 8th from 10:00am to 12:45pm.
06/07/2019
Moby Dick Reading Marathon

The Moby Dick Reading Marathon has returned! 🐋 Join us at the Museum tomorrow, June 8th from 10:00am to 12:45pm.

The MOBY DICK Marathon returns and will move to different Sag Harbor locations during the weekend. Join us at the Museum on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00am to 12:45pm. In 1983, Canio Pavone started the yearly Marathon to celebrate Sag Harbor's seafaring history and its literary tradition. The M

“Art, to get to a truth, sometimes it gets a little messy, where you’re not sure exactly what’s gonna happen next, and I...
05/28/2019
Candace Hill Montgomery Weaves Threads of Joy and Pain - The Sag Harbor Express

“Art, to get to a truth, sometimes it gets a little messy, where you’re not sure exactly what’s gonna happen next, and I love that feeling,” she said. “It means I’m onto something.”

“Candace Hill Montgomery: Hills & Valleys” is currently being exhibited as part of the 2019 Parrish Road Show off-site series. The show will remain on view through June 16.

When Candace Hill Montgomery touches her fingers to the threads, her mind slows down.

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05/26/2019
The "Sag Harbor" Cinema Sign is Lit Once More - The Sag Harbor Express

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Two years, five months and nine days after a wind-blown fire gutted the 1930s-era Sag Harbor Cinema on an icy mid-December day in 2016, its beloved “SAG HARBOR” neon sign — salvaged from the wreckage and restored by local craftsmen — lit up the newly reconstructed stucco façade of what will...

Thanks Homepolish for including us in your must-see guide to Sag Harbor. Happy to be among such great company!
05/21/2019
Homepolish's Guide to Sag Harbor – Homepolish

Thanks Homepolish for including us in your must-see guide to Sag Harbor. Happy to be among such great company!

Heading to the Hamptons? Check out our picks for the best of the East from design stores to hip haunts to coastal classics.

Tonight, join us at the opening reception for this year’s Parrish Road Show with Candace Hill Montgomery:  Hills & Valle...
05/18/2019
Parrish Road Show 2019: Candace Hill Montgomery Hills & Valleys

Tonight, join us at the opening reception for this year’s Parrish Road Show with Candace Hill Montgomery: Hills & Valleys from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Parrish Road Show 2019: Candace Hill Montgomery Hills & Valleys May 17 – June 16, 2019 The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Museum Hours: Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Opening Reception: Saturday May 18, 6-8 pm | Free and Open to the Pu

Join us for a reception on Saturday, May 11th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
05/06/2019

Join us for a reception on Saturday, May 11th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Our Town. Sag Harbor in Focus. A juried exhibition of photography by Pierson High School Students. Thursday, May 9-Wednesday, May 15 at the Sag Harbor Historic and Whaling Museum. Opening Saturday, May 11 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Today, join us for a lecture on actor Hurd Hatfield and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Peter Murray as part of Cultural...
05/05/2019
Hurd Hatfield and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Today, join us for a lecture on actor Hurd Hatfield and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Peter Murray as part of Cultural Heritage weekend theme of "The Stories that Shape Us." 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Hurd Hatfield and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” A lecture with Peter Murray Join us for a lecture on actor Hurd Hatfield and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Peter Murray as part of Cultural Heritage weekend theme of "The Stories that Shape Us." Although Hurd Hatfield (1917-1998) was a c

The Museum is officially open for the 2019 season. Come by this weekend, 10am to 5pm. And click below for our summer cal...
05/03/2019
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

The Museum is officially open for the 2019 season. Come by this weekend, 10am to 5pm. And click below for our summer calendar so far.

Located in Sag Harbor, New York, The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum is home to a fine collection of whaling and maritime artifacts.

PLEASE HELP US WITH OUR PILOT EDUCATION PROGRAM BY READING THIS POST AND TAKING A 1 MIN SURVEYThe Sag Harbor Whaling Mus...
03/26/2019
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum Summer Youth Program

PLEASE HELP US WITH OUR PILOT EDUCATION PROGRAM BY READING THIS POST AND TAKING A 1 MIN SURVEY

The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is planning to pilot the Sag Harbor Maritime Conservation Center for Children with a summer education program. The program consists of four one-week sessions in which students ages 8-12 take classes that integrate marine conservation, art projects inspired by the Museum’s collection, and visits from local artists, maritime industry professionals, and environmentalists.

Weekly session topics include:

· Ocean Cycles and ‘Up Cycling” Marine Debris – Learn about ocean conservation and the challenge of marine debris in our seas and beaches. The program culminates in creating an art piece from recycled debris.
· Young detectives - Learn about the life of Sag Harbor village children in ages past by deciphering clues from historical toys and objects. Design and build toys telling your story of village life today.
· Luring a Fish (or Whale!) – Discover techniques used by fisherman over the last 400 years. Visiting Fishermen can teach the children how it’s responsibly done today including how they build traps, nets, lures and even shellfish hatcheries.
· A Young Person’s View: Telling Personal Stories Through Words and Pictures - Reflect on how villagers have told their stories of coastal life over time. Children work with local writers and artists to express their modern-day coastal experiences.

The objectives are to:

· Celebrate Sag Harbor’s maritime culture and history through the Museum’s collection and community.
· Engage children with local artists, writers, tradesman, and maritime industry professionals.
· Teach youth to engage with the waterfront and marine ecosystem in environmental responsible, culturally aware and creative ways.

The sessions will have a capacity of 10-12 students and will be held in the Whaling Museum’s galleries, classroom and grounds. The classes are designed and led by a qualified marine science educator and teaching assistant with contributions from the Museum’s Curator and special guests.

We ask that you kindly help us design our Pilot Program by providing feedback in the 1-minute survey here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZBHWKS

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Preservation Long Island is pleased to present a 2020 Project Excellence Award to the community sponsors of the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah Subdivisions (SANS) National Register Historic District Survey and Nomination. This project demonstrates exceptional community-based advocacy for historic preservation and documents significant Jim Crow- and Civil Rights-era historic resources on Long Island.
My Great×4 Grandfather was the ships' steward on a whaling ship whose name escapes me, as I haven't seen his letters in over 35 years. I'm very proud of my heritage. I wish my uncle would send me copies, but we're out of touch. But, it's all in my heart.
The Museum sits on the corner of Main and Garden Streets. My Great, Great, Etc. Grandfather built a home on Garden St. in the 1830s. I summered there, and on Shelter Island as a young boy. I wish I could share my memories with you all.
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