City Island Nautical Museum Closed for Winter until April 7th.
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, although it is now closed for the winter. We will open again on April 7, when we will go back to our regular hours of 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like to arrange a special visit to the museum before April, call 718-885-0008 and leave a message; we will try to arrange for a docent to meet with you. Our regular admission is $5; members are free; donations are welcome! In the meantime, look at the different sections of our website and get a sense of what we are all about. Click these links for information about the exhibits, group tours, including school groups, and for a walking tour of City Island.
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Did you know...?
…that a yacht built on City Island in 1930 won a major race in December 2017 as the oldest boat in a fleet of 87? click for more
The Wheelchair-Friendly Journey to New York’s Nautical Past
Before New York City became the city of lights that it is known as today, it was once a place full of wooden boats, colorful sails, and marine life. City Island, in the westernmost part of Long Island Sound, was the center of an industry that built those wooden boats and created its colorful sails. This history has been captured at the City Island Nautical Museum. Move past the buzzing sounds and whizzing cars of the city and submerge yourself in this magnificent blast from the past.
Any adventure through the city is a challenge and can be especially intimidating for anyone who isn't from the city. However, New York has made superb efforts to ensure the city is safe and wheelchair-friendly. So, if you’re looking for a serene place to visit outside the center of the Big Apple, check out this guide to accessing New York in a wheelchair for some great tips.
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 Commissioned 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.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
Leonard Hawkins American Legion Post 156
Morris Yacht Club
City Island Diner
City Island Sunoco
City Island Yacht Club
190 Fordham Street, City Island, NY 10464