From Seashells to Sailors...
On permanent display in the Museum’s North Gallery is the Wrecks & Rescuers Exhibit, which is based on the Annuals of the United States Life Saving Service, maps, archival photographs, newspapers and personal accounts.
The Elward Smith Library houses a collection of local 19th and 20th century racing trophies, along with a comprehensive database of more than 500 recorded wrecks and groundings in the waters of Long Island.
Additional rotating exhibits are on view in other galleries throughout the Museum. The collections of the Maritime Museum encompass buildings on the Museum grounds. The main building is an original structure from the Meadow Edge estate. The Bayman's Cottage, The Frank F. Penney Boat Shop and the William Rudolph Oyster House were all moved to the Museum grounds to illustrate the area's maritime history.
In fact, the William Rudolph Oyster House is an example of typical oyster culling houses that once dominated the south shore of Long Island.