When you visit City Island this fall, don’t forget to spend an hour or two at the City Island Nautical Museum, which is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Nautical Museum has entered the digital age! It is now possible to save the cost of writing checks and sending envelopes by giving money online through PayPal using whatever credit card you like. As 2016 comes to a close, this is the time to renew your membership, start a new one, or make a donation to help us stay afloat. Remember, the City Island Historical Society, which administers the museum, is a not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax exempt.

If you missed Tom Nye’s fascinating talks this winter on the history of boat building on City Island you may view a Two-Part Video Version by James Breen. After you watch the video, be sure to visit the museum to see our current exhibition on the subject.

Yacht and Ship Building on City Island
An Exhibition of the Historic Yachting Center of New York

adzThis exhibition features photographs and commentary on the extraordinary period in City Island’s history when yacht and shipbuilding were at their peak. Here are all the old yards, the brilliant craftsmen who worked there, the methods of construction they used, and the famous sailing and motor yachts they produced. Also highlighted are the military vessels that were built here during the war years and the brilliant 12-meter sloops that successfully defended the America’s Cup seven times.

While you are at the museum, be sure to take special note of our beautifully refurbished School Room, which celebrates the schoolroomhistory of education on City Island with graduation photographs, old school books, artifacts (including puppets, autograph books, attendance records, and the original school bell from the top of the building), plus a reconstructed school room with old desks, a blackboard, and a penmanship alphabet chart. navel mao
Also on view is the large map of the Naval Training Station that was located in Pelham Bay Park just on the other side of the bridge from City Island in 1917 and 1918, during World War I. Newly cleaned, this unique map is accompanied by information and photographs featuring this little-known aspect of the park’s history.

Welcome to the City Island Nautical Museum museum

We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Museum, which is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. The Museum is open for the season with a new photo exhibition of images of water, in all its forms, taken around the world.

This web site will give you the opportunity to take a quick tour of the Museum’s interesting exhibits, some of them dedicated to City Island’s famous yacht-builders who contributed to the successful defense of the America’s Cup. Through this on-line collection, the Museum offers a sampling of the images of boats and historic views that are part of its archives, as well as graduation photographs from City Island schools and pictures of City Island life past and present.

The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.

The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designatstep up banner photoed Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.



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Become a Museum Member

The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. Admission to the museum is $5 per person (no charge for members and children under 12). We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund, and all donations are tax deductible. Annual membership dues are: Individual $20; Family $25; Corporate $50; Student $10. Please make checks payable to the City Island Historical Society and send to City Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Bronx, NY 10464.


Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.

The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.

A-Quality Glass
Barron's Marine Services, Inc.
City Island Beer Company
CI Construction
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Sunoco
City Island Yacht Club
Connie's New Way Market
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
Eben Hansmire
Charles Mandel
Seafood City
Drs. Robert Seigle and
Audell Ray
Tony's Pier Restaurant

Thanks in part to Councilmember James Vacca, CIHS received a larger grant than usual this year from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. This funding will enable us to mount two important exhibitions in the spring—the work of Mark Whitcombe and images of the City Island Bridge. If you have works of art that you would consider lending to either show, please call to let us know. Ron Terner of Focal Point Gallery will be curator of Mark’s show; call him at 718-885-1403. Bridge artists should call 718-885-0507. The show on the yacht building will remain in place until December 18, when we close for the season.


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