Help save a cultural gem, a place filled with maritime history and one of a kind artifacts, a place dedicated to welcoming countless local and international visitors alike. A maritime institution devoted to the preservation of history and the folks that lived it. A place dedicated to the health of our marine environment and the lives it supports. A place where dedicated staff and volunteers ensure that it is always available to welcome its guests and provide the experience they deserve.
The Long Island Maritime Museum, located in West Sayville, New York has operated since 1966. It is committed to research, preservation, and interpretation of our region’s rich nautical heritage and the role of Long Island in our nation’s maritime story.
Please help us keep this Museum open so you too can …
· See our amazing exhibits with historic vessels - featuring Gil Smith, Wilbur Ketcham, and George Frank Carter as well as artifacts carefully retrieved from the wrecks of the Andrea Doria and SS Oregon.
· Experience our interactive Ship Wreck Map with hundreds of sites to explore.
· Hold equipment used by the US Life Saving Service to save countless lives in disastrous 19th century wrecks off the coast of Fire Island, NY.
· Visit the William Rudolph Oyster House [National Historic Landmark] filled with beautiful exhibit panels relaying the history of the shellfish industry on the Great South Bay.
· Sail 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla, LIMM’s National Historic Landmark, and the last of her kind to grace the Great South Bay!
Year after year, the Long Island Maritime Museum provides a haven for learning and a safe space for our community’s youth. We offer children’s summer camp, educational tours and lectures, volunteer boat building opportunities, and courses in safe boating, and art & crafts.
Our Museum also hosts exciting annual events such as the Seafood Festival, Halloween Boat Burning.
But like so many other organizations, we have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our two largest fundraising events have been cancelled. We are currently waiting for guidance from both New York State and local authorities on other revenue-producing events.
However, there is a possibility that we may not have any revenue producing events this year.
These are very uncertain times for the Museum. However, one thing is certain - we need financial assistance immediately if we are to keep our doors open.
We would like to thank all our museum members and friends who have contacted us to express their concern and support for the Museum. We are doing all we can to be sure the Museum will open to enjoy in the coming months.
PLEASE DON’T LET COVID-19 CLOSE THE DOORS OF THIS BELOVED MUSEUM!
Please show your support for this wonderful institution by making a donation today!