The City Island Historical Society was founded in 1967 by a group of City Island residents and was incorporated in 1975. Shortly afterward, the Historical Society opened the City Island Nautical Museum on the main floor of the old school building that had housed Public School 17 oat 190 Fordham Street. The Historical Society obtained its 501(c)(3)status in 1984, and its declared mission is as follows:

          a. To promote and encourage original historical research;

          b. To disseminate and encourage a greater knowledge of the history of City Island, New York, and its environs;

          c. To gather, preserve, display, and make available for study artifacts, relics, books, manuscripts, papers, photographs, and other records and materials relating to the history of City Island and the surrounding area;

          d. To encourage the suitable marking of places of historic interest;

          e. To acquire by purchase, gift, devise, or otherwise the title to or the custody of artifacts, books, works of art, boats and boat-related gear and materials, and other objects relating to City Island history;

          f. To administer the museum to meet educational and interpretive goals of the society, offer leisure time activity for the community and visitors.



The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization. There is no admission fee to the Museum, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. All donations are tax-deductible. We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund. 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.

AARP Chapter 318
Barron's Marine Services Inc.
City Island Beer Company
City Island Diner/The Snug
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Yacht Club
Consolidated Yachts Inc.
Harlem Yacht Club
Island Insurance Agency
Kee Electric
Kortleven Contractors
Leonard Hawkins Post 156 of The American Legion
Morris Yacht and Beach Club
Papa John's Deli Inc.
Pelham Masonic Lodge #712
Pro Marine
Property Appraisal Services
Seafood City
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
Tony's Pier Restaurant


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