Description & History

All Museum activities evolve from the life, work, and times of Alice Austen.

Our exhibitions are based on aesthetic sensitivity, imagination, and technical proficiency.

Our education programs are divided into three themes: photography, local history, and the life of Alice Austen.

The latter focuses on the fact that Austen withstood peer pressure and had the courage to make her own choices. In addition, we offer workshops, architectural tours, garden talks, an art fair, an antique fair, a Holiday fair, and the list goes on.

Three years ago, the Austen House joined the highly selective membership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation group of Historic Artists Homes and Studios.

Today, Austen might just be the only woman in America, with the exception of Eleanor Roosevelt, to have a museum, ferry, school, and street named after her.

In the early 1960s a group of concerned citizens, with a focus on preservation, joined together with the purpose of saving Austen's family home, Clear Comfort, located within a luscious park overlooking the New York Narrows with a stunning panoramic view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge.

By the end of the decade they had succeeded and the House was declared a National Historic Landmark.

In 1985 it opened to the public.

About the organization

Alice Austen House Museum

Shiloh Aderhold
Volunteer Coordinator
(718) 816-4506 x10