Many a schoolchild has wandered and wondered throughout this museum. It has undergone several changes on the outside but remains a home to many local artifacts.
If you are visiting City Island a stop by the museum is supposed to be a must see. I haven't been, however my mom was a museum curator and I have an allergy to all things musty... Ok, I'll go someday.
Diving in the Atlantic off of NYC is not my idea of fun, but... If you are game here is Captain Mike's dive shop. The shop has almost anything you could ask for and can order what they don't have. Check him out if you want to dive local or tag along on one of their dive trips.
The City Island Museum is located in one of the area's most picturesque historic buildings, the old Public School 17 built in 1897 on a former Indian burial ground at one of the highest points on the Island. When the people of City Island voted in 1896 to separate from Westchester County and to become part of New York City, the city fathers built the school, which continued in use until 1975. When the school building was sold for development in 1986 the city reserved space for use by the City Island Historical Society and the Community Centre, and several of the old schoolrooms now serve as galleries for the Museum
The Walsh room, dedicated originally in 1976, displays more than 60 paintings of City Island and nearby areas made during the 1930s by professor Harold Vendervoort Walsh. The historical library contains books, magazines, newspapers, and scrapbooks collected by individuals, organizations, and churches.
The Nautical Room is filled with memorabilia and photographs carefully arranged to demonstrate City Island's proud heritage as a shipbuilding community. Each of the shipyards is honored with historical pictures of the yachts and the men and women who dedicated their lives to building them.
The School Room shows what life was like for the school children in the 1830's, as they struggled to preserve their own cultural and religious heritage and to acquire knowledge and skill. The Community Room contains treasures donated by Island residents whose precious heirlooms help bring the early 19th century alive for visitors curios about the Island's past