The museum has reopened with weekend hours, Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 pm. We hope you will come and explore the many City Island artifacts we have in our collection during the weekends this summer! Plan your trip to the museum, and also attend our webinars in June!

2022 Webinar Series
Yacht Clubs of City Island
Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 at 7pm. 
Join the event in person at the museum, as we will be making some space to have some guests as audience. Or join via Zoom if you would like to register & view from home and share with others.
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Available on YouTube
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

The City Island Oyster Reef will have CINM Vice President & Administrator in conversation with Chris Pickerell, Marine Program Director at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Join Barbara and Chris as they discuss the oystering activities of indigenous residents, explore the successful oystering industry on City Island, and explore the lawsuits filed against the City Island “oyster pirates” late 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 museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member Mark Gjonaj, 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.


A-Quality Glass

The Black Whale

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

Maria Caruso Travel, Inc.

Morris Yacht Club

Seafood City

Tered Realty LLC