Founded in 1936 to honor Cold Spring Harbor’s heritage as one of three of Long Island’s historic whaling ports. The town offers a microcosmic view of the quintessential 19th century American whaling village. The museum opened in 1942, and exhibits and programs address the diverse ways this industry significantly shaped the economic, social, and ethnic development of the region, as well as having contributed to America’s emergence as an international power in the 19th century. The 3,900 square-foot museum is the only facility in New York State open year-round which 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 its original gear on display in New York, as well as one of the notable scrimshaw collections in the northeast. Additional objects include various forms of maritime art (including paintings, lithographs, prints, and daguerreotypes, including 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 (48” x 72”). The museum has made a conscious effort to go beyond the subject of whaling in meaningful ways, with an emphasis on family-friendly learning and a strong philosophy to ensure the content is relevant, and placing the visitor at the center of an enjoyable and educational experience.