About the Organization

Mission Statement

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). 


A vibrant cultural center, the Alice Austen House keeps the daring spirit of the American photographer alive by presenting changing exhibitions of Alice Austen’s pioneering historic photographs and of contemporary photography, providing education programs for students, and offering a range of cultural and educational programs for the public. A charming Victorian Gothic Cottage that was the Austen family home serves as the museum and is located in a stunning waterfront park on the shore of Staten Island near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with sweeping views of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The Alice Austen House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, operated by the Friends of Alice Austen House Inc 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is a member of the Historic House Trust. The Alice Austen House is a New York City Landmark and National Historic Landmark, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s distinctive group of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios.  The Alice Austen House’s listing on the NRHP was recently amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance; it is one of only 14 National Register sites to have this designation. Learn more at www.aliceausten.org

Job Openings

We currently have no job openings however the Alice Austen House is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email info@aliceausten.org.