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The museum will open on Saturday, May 13, and will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through the fall. Come see the new exhibit of photographs by Morris Rosenfeld, renowned maritime photographer, and paintings by City Island artist Liz Alderman.

2022 Webinar Series
Yacht Clubs of City Island 
Join us on YouTube for a conversation with museum President, Tom Nye and learn about the Yacht Clubs of City Island. 
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City Island Boatyards: Past & Present

Visit YouTube for a conversation with CINM President and Curator, Tom Nye, with boatyard manager Alexander Giaccon as they discuss the history of the sailing and boatyard industry on City Island. You will learn about the varying boatyards that once existed on City Island, as well as the ones that remain, the services they offered and the ships they launched.

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The History of Oystering in New York

Join Barbara Dolensek, the museum's administrator and an officer of the City Island Oyster Reef (a nonprofit organization that got its start at the museum), in a discussion of City Island's successful oystering industry in the 19th century.

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City Island’s Boat-Building History Exhibit

At the turn of the 20th century, City Island was a major center for wooden boat building with a worldwide reputation for the highest quality. This exhibition of photographs and commentary focuses 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.


The City Island Nautical Museum is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We welcome all all National Trust members to receive half-price

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Museum Entrance Fee is $8.00

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


A-Quality Glass

CI Construction

City Island Diner

Consolidated Yachts, Inc.

D & D Bowne Realty

Fordham Marine Service


John Douglas Forrest

KEE Electric

Leonard Hawkins American
Legion Post 156


Seafood City

The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to former Council Member Mark Gjonaj and to present Council Member Marjorie Velazquez, and from New York State, thanks to Assemblymember Michael Benedetto. 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.

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