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CSH The Whaling Museum & Education Center

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An official Path Through History Site! Cold Spring Harbor, one of three whaling ports on Long Island, offers a microcosmic view of the quintessential 19th-century American whaling town. To honor the town’s heritage, the Whaling Museum Society, Inc. was founded in 1942. Exhibits and programs address the diverse ways this industry shaped the economic, social, and ethnic development of the region, as well as having contributed to the US emergence as an international power. The 3,900-square-foot museum is the only facility in New York State open all year that explores the whaling history of the region and its meaningful applications in today’s world. The star of the museum’s collection is a historic whaleboat, the only whaling vessel with original gear on display in NY, as well as one of the notable scrimshaw collections in the northeast. Additional objects include maritime art (including paintings, lithographs, prints, and daguerreotypes, works by Currier & Ives, S. A. Mount, C. Ashley, W. Brandford, E. F. Tufnell, and C. Hoie), hundreds of utilitarian items from whalebone, whaling implements, ship gear, navigational aids, logbooks, manuscripts, records, a natural history collection, daily life collection, photographs, and ship models. The collection also includes a diorama of Cold Spring Harbor in 1850.

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