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Alice Austen House Museum

Alice Austen House Museum
2 Hylan Boulevard
718-816-4506

Mission:

The Alice Austen House promotes public awareness and scholarly study regarding the life and work of Alice Austen (1866 - 1952).  Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers.

About:

The Alice Austen House honors the legacy of Alice Austen (1866-1952), a pioneer photographer and an inspiring ‘modern woman’ of the Victorian age, by offering ongoing exhibitions of her life and work and of contemporary photography; by delivering educational programs for New York City schoolchildren; and by hosting a range of public arts programs. The museum is located within Clear Comfort, the waterfront Victorian Gothic cottage where Austen spent all but the last few years of her life with her lifelong companion, Gertrude Tate. From this inspiring setting on Staten Island’s Northern shore, the Alice Austen House offers a unique opportunity to broaden perspectives of the world around us, gain inspiration from Austen’s life story, and engage in enriching cultural events. 


Recent News

Alice Austen House Museum Happenings - June 2021

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Exciting Details About Our Beer Re-Launch on June 5th at Flagship Brewery Inside!

To celebrate Pride month we are re-launching Clear Comfort, our sell-out Hibiscus infused pilsner, at Flagship Brewery! Come and celebrate this handcrafted offering from 1-4pm on Saturday June 5th to kick off your Pride in style. This year we are…

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You Can Still Vote For Us For Target Circle Donations!

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The Alice Austen House News - January 8, 2021

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Alice Austen House Museum News - December 30, 2020

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Giving Tuesday BOGO Membership Offer Extended to December 8, 2020!

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Virtual Vintage Camera Day 2020

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Powerful and Dangerous film screening of Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years

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Exhibition - Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde at Alice Austen House Museum

The Alice Austen House presents the 1983 landmark press photo series of Audre Lorde by Robert Alexander. Powerful and Dangerous explores the intersection between language, activism and photographic messaging. The exhibition holds up a lens to the…

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Tour The Alice Austen Park Right From Your Device

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Audre Lorde The Berlin Years a Film by Dagmar Schultz

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We Are Reopening Our Doors And Launching A New Site - September 8, 2020

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Alice Austen House Exhibiting in Photoville 2020

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Alice Austen House Museum Happenings - August 24, 2020

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We're Reopening On September 8th - Here's What You Need To Know

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Alice Austen House Museum News - Tour The Museum Online!

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What's Going On At The Alice Austen House?

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The Alice Austen House Collection is Now Available on Past Perfect!

Our doors may have been closed but our arts and culture staff never stopped working! We are excited to announce that during this moment of remote working, we have taken the opportunity to work on a very important project. Our amazing collections…

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ICYMI: You Can View Our Community Impact and Preservation Awards Tea Time on Facebook and YouTube!

Thank you to everyone who joined in to share a cup of tea and great conversation yesterday at the Community Impact and Preservation Award Virtual Tea. We had a wonderful time celebrating the 3rd anniversary of our LGBTQ designation by hearing our…

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Alice Austen House Museum News - June 12, 2020

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Alice Austen House Museum News - June 9, 2020

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Our Statement of Solidarity

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You're Invited to Austen Tea Time on June 17th!

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Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Is Moving Online!

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What's Your Story At Home?

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A Letter From Alyssa Demarco, Director Of Education

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Supporting Artists And Creating Art At Home

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Alice Austen House COVID-19 News

The Alice Austen House will close this weekend for installation of its new exhibition Powerful and Dangerous, the Words and Images of Audre Lorde. We will also take this opportunity to support the city-wide effort to contain the possible spread of…

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Steps We’re Taking To Address COVID-19

News of the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing many concerns and we want to reassure you that we here at the Alice Austen House are taking all advised precautions to keep the public safe. It is with this aim in mind that we are…

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Vote For The Alice Austen House As Your Choice For Target Circle Donations

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Help Provide Staten Island Students With Crucial Arts Programming This Year

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Exhibition - Becoming Clear Comfort

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early…

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Exhibition - Alice Austen Everyday: A Photo Series Inspired By Place

Alice Austen's beloved home, Clear Comfort, was her muse and her window onto the world at the entrance to the New York Harbor. The vantage point from Clear Comfort is majestic, with a panoramic vista of Lower Manhattan, New Jersey, and Brooklyn.…

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Feeling cooped up? The Austen House opens today!

Feeling cooped up? The Austen House opens today! March 1st, 2nd & 3rd from 11 - 5PM visit the Cabin Fever Art & Craft Fair: Local artists and crafts people exhibit their work available for sale. Buy locally and support your community!…

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Alice Austen House Museum - Staten Island OutLOUD presents Dickey Chapelle: She Photographed Vietnam

Staten Island OutLOUD continues its series on the Vietnam experience with readings & conversation on Tim O’Brien’s/The Things They Carried,/ together with an exploration of the life and work of Dickey Chapelle.  Chapelle was a…

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Alice Austen House Museum - Fundamentals of Photography

Learn digital photography and leave with some great photos. Presentation will cover shutter speed, aperture, ISO and the basic technical aspects of taking better photos. Individualized instruction during shooting assignment following the…

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Buy Local At Our Craft Fair

This Holiday Season Support Local and Independent Artists Designers and Crafters. Find unique hand-made gifts! Avoid the crowds at the mall and do your holiday shopping in a Victorian cottage while supporting local artists!  Vendors will offer…

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