The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum has found a unique way to keep visiting a museum as safe as possible- they have opened outdoor exhibits. “There won’t be objects on display – the sun and rain would be too damaging,” stated Director Richard Doctorow. “But we’ve created text and graphic panels that explore three hundred years of village history, whaling history and more.”

Also on display is the exhibit “The World Below,” featuring the underwater photography of Shelter Island resident Tim Dalton. “Mr. Dalton’s photographs allow our visitors to get closer to whales, sharks and other sea life than they’ve ever been before. In the case of the sharks, I’d say too close. But that’s the magic of these photographs. These animals come alive.”

Outdoor exhibits allow the public to visit a museum in the safest way possible. Masks and social distancing rules will be in effect, and there will be a maximum number of visitors on the grounds at any one time. “The decision to keep our building closed to visitors for the time being was difficult, but we want people to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. And we think this is a wonderful way to do it.”

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Last entry for visitors is at 4:30. Admission is $5 per person for everyone over the age of 8; those 7 years and younger enter for free.



Visit for details, or call 631-725-0770.




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