The East End Seaport Maritime Museum is located in Greenport, Long Island. The Maritime Museum is located in a former railroad station, adjacent to the Shelter Island North Ferry Dock. The museum features an array of exhibits on the maritime heritage of the area, including displays on the Greenport menhaden fishing industry, lighthouse lenses, the oyster industry, a model ship of the USS Ohio, and more. One of our favorite exhibits is the Fresnel lenses and the quality of the lenses on display is extremely uncommon.
Children are always welcomed at the Museum and during the month of August, there are two scheduled readings. On Wednesday, August 11th, list to stories about lighthouses, view photos of lighthouses, and children can make a replica to take. Wednesday, August 18th gather around to hear tales of pirates and participate in making your very own treasure map to take home. This is a great way to learn about history and have fun along the way. Of course, add a special visit to the Village Blacksmith Shop on the weekends and see a real blacksmith at work.
The Annual Maritime Festival will be held on September 24th thru 26th. This is a special opportunity for locals and visitors to the Greenport area to learn about the East End’s Maritime heritage and contribute towards its preservation. The Festival is organized by volunteers and the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation. The Village of Greenport will be packed with a variety of craft and food vendors, local merchants will have exciting displays, and guests can enjoy the array of galleries, antique stores, and restaurants.