• Alice Austen House

    The Alice Austen House promotes public awareness and scholarly study regarding the life and work of Alice Austen (1866-1952), one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers. 

    Alice Austen perches on a fencepost while Gertrude Tate watches the second photographer.  Enlarge
  • 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. 

    Hester Street, Egg stand group. Thursday, April 18, 1895.  Enlarge
  • Clear Comfort

    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
    Historic Landmark.

    Clear Comfort on a sunny summer day  Enlarge
  • Romantic Rental

    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.  

    Evening at the Austen House, with the Verrazano Bridge  Enlarge
  • Summer Camps

    Our summer camps are both fun and educational.  Visit the events page to find the upcoming summer schedule!

    Children exploring an enchanting site  Enlarge
  • Temporary Exhibitions

    We curate two to three changing exhibitions every year.  Sometimes we show historic images, sometimes the most contemporary.  Visit the Exhibition page to find out about current and upcoming exhibits.

    Visitors enjoying our exhibitions  Enlarge
  • Public Events

    Please join us for one of our upcoming events, check out our events calendar.

    The tables are set the party is about to begin!  Enlarge
  • March is Women's History Month

    Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers.

    Austen captured this snowy scene from the porch of Clear Comfort.  Enlarge
exhibitions Opening March 14, 2015

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark

Alice Austen House's 30th Anniverary Exhibition


education Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Join us for all things Pinhole on April 26! 

More information

events Exhibition Opening

Becoming Clear Comfort

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 3-5pm with Members' Hour 2-3pm


news Alice Austen House on NYC-ARTS

Video segment taking a look at the life and work of one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. WATCH

Plan your visit


We will be closed starting at 1:00pm on 3/5 due to inclement weather

Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 

$3 suggested admission. 

The grounds are open every day until dusk. 

Groups of 10 or more must book their visit in advance. 



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. Accessible by car or public transportation.



718 816 4506 x 10 or info@aliceausten.org