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Contact Suffolk County Historical Society: Museum, Library, Art Gallery

Suffolk County Historical Society: Museum, Library, Art Gallery

Founded in 1886, to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, NY, and its people.

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The Suffolk County Historical Society was founded in 1886 by a group of forward-looking county residents. Today, over 20,000 historical artifacts are cared for by the museum and library archives. Permanent and changing exhibitions are used to interpret important themes in Suffolk County history. The artifact collections are broad in nature and are particularly strong in the areas of General History, Decorative Arts, Fine and Folk Arts, Costumes and Textiles, and Ethnographic and Natural History artifacts.

With few exceptions, these collections have been built through the generosity of generations of Suffolk County residents, who have seen the value of preserving our material culture – and that tradition continues today. Since the society began collecting during the 19th century, when it was the only historical agency in Suffolk County, its core collections have come from all over the county, and many remarkable and unusual artifacts have been donated.

Since its founding, the purpose of the Suffolk County Historical Society has remained essentially the same: to collect, preserve and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County and its people. To fulfill these purposes the society operates a history museum, a library and archives, and art galleries, and offers educational programs and events. The society houses a unique, ever-growing collection of artifacts, reflecting more than three centuries of history.


The permanent collections were fascinating and informative. The current exhibits AGELESS BEAUTY: ANTIQUE DOLLS EXHIBIT and BLACK HISTORY THROUGH THE EYES OF DOLLS were absolutely incredible. I look forward to going to future exhibits, BRAVO!