Welcome to our website
Thank you for visiting! Welcome! We have an archive filled with hundreds of Austen's collection of images, glass plates, original prints, furniture and objects. Visit our collection page to find out more! Visit our events page to particpate!
Alice Austen's Work
Alice Austen's photographs demonstrate her interest in America's social challenges as well as her aesthetic sensibility. They are as fascinating as they are mulit-layered.
Clear Comfort, as the Austen House is known, dates back to a 1690's one-room Dutch farmhouse. It is one of the oldest homes in New York, and is a National
The Austen House has a panoramic view of New York that stretches from the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and, on a clear day, Coney Island. The site is available for private celebrations.
Our summer camps are both fun and educational. Visit the events page to find the upcoming summer schedule!
We curate three or four temporary exhibitions every year. Sometimes we show historic images, sometimes the most contemporary. Visit the Exhibition page to find out about current and upcoming exhibits.
Please join us for one of our upcoming events, check out our events calendar.
March is Women's History Month
Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers.
Melissa Cacciola, the artist behind War and Peace, will be offering an artist talk and gallery tour of her tintype photographs. On December 7th from 2-3PM.
The Austen House is located at 2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater Street, Staten Island. We are two miles south of the Staten Island Ferry terminal and one mile north of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
From Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry
Subway to South Ferry (1), Whitehall Street (R), or Bowling Green Station (4/5). Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, a 25 minute ride. At the ferry terminal in Staten Island, take bus S51 to Hylan Boulevard (15-minute ride). Walk one block east to the water and the House. You can also bike from the ferry; it is a beautiful ride along the water.
From Manhattan via Brooklyn by car
From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (toll) or the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Staten Island (right lane on bridge). Take the first exit (after toll), "Bay Street". Continue to the end of street (School Road); then turn left onto Bay Street. Continue to Hylan Boulevard; then turn right and follow street to water and house.
From New Jersey toll bridges
From from the Outerbridge, Goethals, or Bayonne Bridges take I-278 East and get off at Exit 14 Hylan Boulevard. Make a left at the second traffic light onto Hylan Boulevard and drive to the end of the road. You will approach a gravel driveway before the house on the right. Parking in the gravel parking lot is free, enter through the front door on the waterside.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
The house is open all year (except January, February and major holidays).
Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. The grounds are open every day until dusk.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to call 718 816 4506 x 10