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Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

200 Main Street
631-725-0770

History

In 1998, on one of his many visits to the Hamptons, President Clinton was presented with historic information about the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. Once back in Washington, he handed the information over to the First Lady, who began the process of declaring our building a National Treasure. After much correspondence with Mrs. Clinton, the building which houses our museum was accepted as an official project of the Save America's Treasures program. Built in 1845 for $7,000, this building was originally the home of Benjamin Huntting II and his family. A leading citizen of Sag Harbor, Benjamin Huntting was the owner of whaling ships and made his fortune from the whale oil that was brought home on his ships. To design his family's home, Huntting enlisted the prominent 19th century American architect Minard LaFever. LaFever incorporated exquisitely detailed plaster ceilings and carved wooden door frames inside, with the temple-fronted portico and ornate corinthian columns on the outside, to make this building a piece of artwork not to be missed. After Huntting's death in 1867, his home was purchased by the well known philanthropist Mrs. Russell Sage, who occupied it as a summer cottage until the time of her death in 1918. In 1920 the building was purchased by the Masonic Lodge. The local historical society began exhibiting some of their artifacts on the ground floor shortly thereafter, and in 1945 the building was deeded to the museum. The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum now owns the building, while the Masonic Lodge still uses the second floor as a Masonic Temple.



Reviews

Emory De Castro

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Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
No visit to Sag Harbor is complete without a visit to this gem of a museum. Contains both historical and contemporary displays. Always engaging.

Nicole Dufour DuRocher

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Was really interesting to see Sag Harbor as the prosperous whaling port it once was. The historic building is gorgeous and the collection was surprisingly large + informative. Not your usual local museum that is more basic entertainment for children on a rainy day ... while children will enjoy it the curation is geared toward adults. Parking can be a challenge though.

Richard Morey

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Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
We visited for a special art show but it seemed much of the space was not open to the public. Maybe they were setting up for another exhibit but it wasn't clear why so much of the space was unavailable for public access.

Christina Maria

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Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Small museum. Whaling items fascinating.

Ash Buonasera

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Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
Awesome they have things for kids and a lot of learning

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Upcoming Events at Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Monday, Aug 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Monday, Aug 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Monday, Sep 3, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Friday, Sep 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Sunday, Sep 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Monday, Sep 10, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Friday, Sep 14, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Saturday, Sep 15, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Exhibition - Looking Up, Looking Out: at the sky and the stars, at the land and the sea

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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