"If you've lived in New York for many years and never found yourself in Staten Island, this incredible house-cum-cultural institution is reason enough to hop on the ferry." WNYC, October 2011
In January and February, the museum is open by appointment only. To schedule and appointment, call or email the museum. Normal hours will resume in March: Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on major holidays. The grounds are open every day until dusk.
We ask for a $3 suggested donation. Though we do not require anyone to pay, you should know that every dollar you place in our admission box goes towards preserving the house.
During our public hours, we offer self-guided tours. Groups of 10 or more must book in advance by calling 718-816-4506 x10.
The Austen House is located on 2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater Street, Staten Island: two miles south of the ferry terminal in Staten Island, and one mile north of the Verrazano Bridge.
From Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry: You catch the ferry at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal located at the very south tip of Manhattan. You can get there by subway to South Ferry (1), Whitehall Street (R), or Bowling Green Station (4/5), or by taxi. The ferry ride takes about 25 minutes. Once on Staten Island, you take bus S51 to the corner of Hylan Boulevard and Bay Street(15 minute ride). Walk one block east to water and house. Or you can also take your bike on the ferry and from the terminal ride along the water to the house. It is a beautiful ride.
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 the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals or Bayonne Bridge follow signs to Route 278 East. Exit 13 at "Clove Rd./Richmond Rd./Hylan Blvd." Continue on service road (Narrows Road South). Just before the fifth traffic light turn left onto Hylan Boulevard and continue to water and house. There is a gravel driveway that brings you behind rear of the house, please feel free to park in the gravel lot. Enter the house on the water side.
There is a small gravel parking lot behind the museum, accessible from Hylan Boulevard.
There is a ramp entrance to the historic home from the parking lot at the rear of the house. The public areas of the museum are largely wheelchair accessible since the galleries and period rooms are on the first floor. For more information about accessibility, please call Visitor Services at 718-816-4506 x10 so we can best accommodate your visit.