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History

This section includes history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance, primarily with a focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Staten Island, NY, USA

The one-time home of photographer Alice Austen is now a museum that hosts a collections of her work as well as art and history exhibitions. . .

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Kings Point, NY, USA

American Merchant Marine Museum is located at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Long Island. . .

New York, NY, USA

The American Numismatic Society is a New York City-based organization dedicated to the study of coins and medals. . .

Bronx, NY, USA

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a historic house museum in the northern portion of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. . .

Bay Shore, NY, USA

This all-volunteer historical society on Long Island maintains the Gibson-Mack-Holt House museum. . .

Garrison, NY, USA

Boscobel is an estate overlooking the Hudson River built in the early 19th century by States Dyckman. . .

Bronx, NY, USA

The Bronx County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization that collects and disseminates historical material about The Bronx. . .

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Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Brooklyn Historical Society is a museum, library, and educational center preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's 400-year history. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Burns Archive is the world’s largest private collection of early medical photography and historic photographs, housing over one million photographs. . .

East Hampton, NY, USA

This historical society maintains six museums in East Hampton on the South Shore of Long Island. . .

Bronx, NY, USA

The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe. . .

New York, NY, USA

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States for over 60 years, from 1892 until 1954. . .

New York, NY, USA

The National Park Service operates Federal Hall as a national memorial. . .

New York, NY, USA

Fraunces Tavern is a landmark museum and restaurant in New York City, situated at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. . .

New York, NY, USA

Grant's Tomb, formally known as General Grant National Memorial, is the final resting place of Ulysses S. . .

Long Island City, NY, USA

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is a non-profit cultural and historical organization in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens. . .

New York, NY, USA

Hamilton Grange National Memorial preserves the relocated home of US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. . .

New York, NY, USA

The Historic House Trust of New York City preserves the historic houses in New York City parks. . .

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Staten Island, NY, USA

Historic Richmond Town is an authentic town and farm museum complex in the neighborhood of Richmondtown, Staten Island, in New York City. . .

New City, NY, USA

The society owns and operates the historic Jacob Blauvelt House. . .

Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Lefferts Historic House, located within Brooklyn's Prospect Park is the former home of Continental Army Lieutenant Pieter Lefferts built circa 1783. . .

West Sayville, NY, USA

The Long Island Maritime Museum is the current home of Priscilla and Modesty, two vessels which are National Historic Landmarks. . .

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Stony Brook, NY, USA

This nine-acre museum includes the Dorothy and Ward Melville Carriage House. . .

New York, NY, USA

The five-story brick tenement building was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Merchant's House Museum is the only 19th-century family home in New York City preserved intact. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Morgan Library & Museum – formerly the Pierpont Morgan Library – is a museum and research library in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. . .

New York, NY, USA

Built in 1765, this mansion is the oldest remaining house in Manhattan. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is a historic antebellum residential building near the East River, in New York City. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Museum of American Finance is dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The Museum describes irself as "a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions inspiring innovation and creativity. . ."

New York, NY, USA

The Museum of the City of New York is a history and art museum in New York City, New York. . .

Staten Island, NY, USA

The National Lighthouse Museum is dedicated to the history of Lighthouses and their keepers. . .

New York, NY, USA

The George Gustav Heye Center is a branch of the National Museum of the American Indian. . .

New York, NY, USA

The New York City Fire Museum is located in the former quarters of FDNY Engine Company No. . .

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New York, NY, USA

The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library in New York City. . .

Staten Island, NY, USA

The mission of the Noble Maritime Collection is to preserve and interpret the art, writings, and historical maritime artifacts of John A Noble. . .

Glen Cove, NY, USA

This museum occupies the the 1907 Justices Courthouse. . .

Old Westbury, NY, USA

Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. . .

Orangeburg, NY, USA

This local history museum occupies the 18th century Salyer House. . .

Orient, NY, USA

The society operates a campus with historical buildings including two 19th century schoolhouses. . .

Sleepy Hollow, NY, USA

Philipsburg Manor House is a historic house in the Upper Mills section of the former sprawling Colonial-era estate known as Philipsburg Manor. . .

Pound Ridge, NY, USA

The society maintains a local history museum focusing on Pound Ridge in Westchester County. . .

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Oyster Bay, NY, USA

This house museum was the home of Robert Townsend, one of George Washington's Culper Ring of spies. . .

Rye, NY, USA

The society manages two historic sites. . .

Oyster Bay, NY, USA

Sagamore Hill was the home of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, from 1885 until his death in 1919. . .

Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

Non-profit operates historic properties on Long Island and maintains collections of historic objects and images. . .

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Southold, NY, USA

This historical society focuses on the North Fork of Long Island. . .

Staten Island, NY, USA

Staten Island Museum is Staten Island’s oldest cultural institution, and the only remaining general interest museum in New York City. . .

Centerport, NY, USA

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is located in Centerport on the North Shore of Long Island. . .

New York, NY, USA

The site contains a replica of the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt. . .

East Setauket, NY, USA

The society operates a history center with exhibits focusing on the Three Village area in Suffolk County on Long Island . . .

Bronx, NY, USA

The Van Cortlandt House Museum is the oldest building in The Bronx. . .

Hyde Park, NY, USA

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, in Hyde Park, New York, is an example of the country palaces built by wealthy industrialists during the Gilded Age. . .

Flushing, NY, USA

The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden is a New York City Landmark in Murray Hill, Queens. . .

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Huntington Station, NY, USA

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site preserves the birthplace of American poet Walt Whitman. . .

Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Waterfront Museum occupies a covered railroad barge originally built in 1914. . .

Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Weeksville Heritage Center is a historic site in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. . .

Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

This museum is dedicated to the local history of the whaling industry, the maritime heritage of Long Island, and the relationship between people and the ocean. . .

New York, NY, USA

The Yeshiva University Museum is a teaching museum and the cultural arm of Yeshiva University. . .

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