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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We are now OPEN for the season! Thursday-Sunday, 10am - 4:30pm, with last entry at 4pm

For your safety, we are currently offering staggered entry (for parties up to 8) on the hour, twenty minutes after the hour, and forty minutes after the hour. Reservations are strongly recommended, and can be made by phone only up to one week in advance. Call us today at 631-725-0770. (walk in visitors also welcome, but those with reservations will have priority)

Operating as usual

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORYApril 11, 1850Theft! Arson! Skullduggery!At about 11 o’clock at night, a man knocked furi...
04/16/2021

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORY
April 11, 1850
Theft! Arson! Skullduggery!

At about 11 o’clock at night, a man knocked furiously on the front door of John C. King, a Sag Harbor merchant. The man warned King he had just passed his store “up by the bridge” and saw a light coming from the cellar, and heard an ominous “crackling” sound. King rushed down to his shop to find the cellar doors wide open - and the whole building on fire. He braved the flames try to save the most valuable merchandise in the show case, but the flames were too intense. All was lost. The next day, picking through the ruins, King discovered that while a set of Britannia metal spoons in the showcase were melted together, there was no sign of an expensive watch that had sat next to the spoons. It was assumed someone had secreted themselves in the cellar and waited until King left for the day to commit his theft - and then arson in hopes of covering his tracks.

King’s business was effectively ruined. He sold off his stock in a (literal) fire sale some months later, and seems to have then gone into the hotel trade.

But what of the stranger who warned him? Clearly the man was unknown to King, yet he knew where King lived. Could it be that he was in fact the thief, so brazen that he stole a watch, set fire to the store, and then had the audacity to warn King? We will never know…

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORY
April 11, 1850
Theft! Arson! Skullduggery!

At about 11 o’clock at night, a man knocked furiously on the front door of John C. King, a Sag Harbor merchant. The man warned King he had just passed his store “up by the bridge” and saw a light coming from the cellar, and heard an ominous “crackling” sound. King rushed down to his shop to find the cellar doors wide open - and the whole building on fire. He braved the flames try to save the most valuable merchandise in the show case, but the flames were too intense. All was lost. The next day, picking through the ruins, King discovered that while a set of Britannia metal spoons in the showcase were melted together, there was no sign of an expensive watch that had sat next to the spoons. It was assumed someone had secreted themselves in the cellar and waited until King left for the day to commit his theft - and then arson in hopes of covering his tracks.

King’s business was effectively ruined. He sold off his stock in a (literal) fire sale some months later, and seems to have then gone into the hotel trade.

But what of the stranger who warned him? Clearly the man was unknown to King, yet he knew where King lived. Could it be that he was in fact the thief, so brazen that he stole a watch, set fire to the store, and then had the audacity to warn King? We will never know…

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORY  April 7, 1761Try-works at Sag Harbor approvedOn this date Nathan Fordham Jr. and James ...
04/09/2021

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORY
April 7, 1761
Try-works at Sag Harbor approved

On this date Nathan Fordham Jr. and James Foster received permission from the Town of Southampton to build a wharf and try-works at Sag Harbor. A “try-works” is a set of large iron pots on top of a brick furnace, used to boil whale blubber down into oil. The Town did add a caveat however: it reserved the “privilege of landing their whale upon said wharf at all times” to be tried out “on reasonable terms.” The wharf and works were located somewhere near the foot of modern Main Street.

This is about the same time that the earliest records indicate whaling voyages were being made out of Sag Harbor, so it is likely the try-works and wharf were built to service these ships. It also indicates that the early Sag Harbor whalers were bringing home barrels of blubber, not oil. (This was the common practice of British whalers in the Arctic at the time) But the industry was changing; try-works were soon being put on the ships themselves, allowing them to stay out at sea for much longer periods. Sag Harbor whalers are known to have had try-works on board by the 1780s.

Pictured: Try-works at Amagansett, from Harper’s Magazine (1897)

THIS WEEK IN SAG HARBOR HISTORY
April 7, 1761
Try-works at Sag Harbor approved

On this date Nathan Fordham Jr. and James Foster received permission from the Town of Southampton to build a wharf and try-works at Sag Harbor. A “try-works” is a set of large iron pots on top of a brick furnace, used to boil whale blubber down into oil. The Town did add a caveat however: it reserved the “privilege of landing their whale upon said wharf at all times” to be tried out “on reasonable terms.” The wharf and works were located somewhere near the foot of modern Main Street.

This is about the same time that the earliest records indicate whaling voyages were being made out of Sag Harbor, so it is likely the try-works and wharf were built to service these ships. It also indicates that the early Sag Harbor whalers were bringing home barrels of blubber, not oil. (This was the common practice of British whalers in the Arctic at the time) But the industry was changing; try-works were soon being put on the ships themselves, allowing them to stay out at sea for much longer periods. Sag Harbor whalers are known to have had try-works on board by the 1780s.

Pictured: Try-works at Amagansett, from Harper’s Magazine (1897)

AHOY THERE!  Prepare To Make Sail!!!We will be OPENING MAY 1st with "A Pleasure To The Eye," a fantastic exhibition of p...
04/03/2021

AHOY THERE! Prepare To Make Sail!!!

We will be OPENING MAY 1st with "A Pleasure To The Eye," a fantastic exhibition of photographs of Sag Harbor and the East End taken by William Wallace Tooker circa 1895. See Sag Harbor as you've never seen it before! (Below: Main Street in the snow)

We'll be open starting Saturday May 1st, and be open Thursday-Sunday 10:00 - 4:30 (last entry 4pm). For your safety, we'll have staggered entry (for up to eight guests per party), with entry on the hour, twenty past the hour and forty past the hour.

Reservations (strongly suggested, and by phone only) can be made up to one week in advance. Call 631-725-0770.

We'll see you soon!

AHOY THERE! Prepare To Make Sail!!!

We will be OPENING MAY 1st with "A Pleasure To The Eye," a fantastic exhibition of photographs of Sag Harbor and the East End taken by William Wallace Tooker circa 1895. See Sag Harbor as you've never seen it before! (Below: Main Street in the snow)

We'll be open starting Saturday May 1st, and be open Thursday-Sunday 10:00 - 4:30 (last entry 4pm). For your safety, we'll have staggered entry (for up to eight guests per party), with entry on the hour, twenty past the hour and forty past the hour.

Reservations (strongly suggested, and by phone only) can be made up to one week in advance. Call 631-725-0770.

We'll see you soon!

Well, the votes are in:  Sag Harbor has been ranked 18th in the "Top 50 Best Coastal Towns" in the United States by bigs...
02/26/2021
50 Best Coastal Towns in the United States – Big 7 Travel

Well, the votes are in: Sag Harbor has been ranked 18th in the "Top 50 Best Coastal Towns" in the United States by bigseventravel.com, beating out such places as Paia HI, Mystic CT, Provincetown MA and Montauk.

We can't help but notice the highlights of the village they mention in their write-up: "...known for its old-timey feel and fascinating local stories. Browse the countless independent shops, hit up the beach, or tour the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum."

We agree!😊

We're busy here in the off-season planning our upcoming seasons events and exhibits. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to our May 1st opening!

https://bigseventravel.com/best-coastal-towns-united-states/

Grab your favourite beachwear and a good book; these are the best coastal towns in the United States from East to Gulf to West.

You know we had to!
01/24/2021

You know we had to!

You know we had to!

12/18/2020

🎁Auction Alert🎁
Bidding ends tonight at midnight!
Support the Whaling Museum and get the perfect #gift for that special someone or yourself!!! #linkinbio
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Q: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?A: We do!  And it's running out!Just TWO MORE DAYS to grab some goodies.  Ju...
12/16/2020
📅 Nov 30 | Sag Harbor Whaling Museum Holiday Campaign

Q: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

A: We do! And it's running out!

Just TWO MORE DAYS to grab some goodies. Just hit the link!

Thanks for your support!

https://event.gives/sagharborholiday/items

| Happy Holidays!Here is your opportunity to help the museum and get the perfect gift for your special someone at the same time!Thank you to our wonderful community who donated to the silent auction and to all of you for your support!Act Now - Bidding closes December 18th.We cannot wait to see you ...

🎁New Auction Item Alert🎁  CowShed gift basket courtesy of Ryland Life Equipment. The perfect #gift for that special some...
12/16/2020

🎁New Auction Item Alert🎁
CowShed gift basket courtesy of Ryland Life Equipment. The perfect #gift for that special someone or yourself!!! #linkinbio
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REMINDER:  Free Zoom Lecture TONIGHT!  Check out out website Events pages for all the details!
12/15/2020

REMINDER: Free Zoom Lecture TONIGHT! Check out out website Events pages for all the details!

🎁New Auction Item Alert🎁  Enjoy a mixed case of wine, a year’s membership to the wine club and a private tour of the vin...
12/13/2020

🎁New Auction Item Alert🎁
Enjoy a mixed case of wine, a year’s membership to the wine club and a private tour of the vineyards and wine making operations with winery cofounder, Larry Petrine. The perfect #gift for that special someone or yourself!!! #linkinbio
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🎁Holiday Auction Alert🎁 Find the perfect #gift for that special someone AND support the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum! #link...
12/10/2020

🎁Holiday Auction Alert🎁
Find the perfect #gift for that special someone AND support the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum! #linkinbio
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#hamptons #sagharbor #museum #sagharborvillage #causes #donate #change #nonprofit #dogood #charity #fundraising #philanthropy #getinvolved #socialgood #impact #givemoretogether #giveback #auction #christmas #Chanukah #giftgiving

12/02/2020

🎁Good Gift Giving🎁
Get the perfect #gift for that special someone and support the #SagHarborWhalingMuseum at the same time. #auction #bidding is now open and ends December 14. Thank you for your support! #linkinbio #givingtuesday #sagharbor #museum #charity #domoregood #volunteer #causes #donate #change #activism #nonprofit #dogood #charity #fundraising #philanthropy #getinvolved #socialgood #impact #givemoretogether #giveback

Ahoy!  It's Giving Tuesday - your opportunity to show your favorite museum some special love!  If you're already a membe...
12/01/2020

Ahoy! It's Giving Tuesday - your opportunity to show your favorite museum some special love! If you're already a member, consider a year end (tax deductible) donation; if you're not a member - - come join the adventure! You can find all the details on our website: www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org

But either way, EVERYONE should take a look at the wonderful offers available at our holiday site: https://event.gives/sagharborholiday

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.

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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.
You know it’s summer when the preparations begin for the museum fundraiser exhibit.
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