Image Credit: Alice Austen, c.1900. Collection of Staten Island Historic Society. This photograph is currently on display in our grand parlor, where it was taken at least 100 years ago.

The Alice Austen House's Statement

Regarding COVID-19

As we all come together online and with our families and loved ones to face the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out and keep you updated on our efforts at the Alice Austen House to respond to these challenging times.  

We are guided in all our decision making by a long-standing commitment to provide our community, both local and international, with contemporary photographic arts, historic preservation, LGBTQ+ and women’s history programming. 

Here is how we are responding:


We are taking care of our staff by instituting remote work. Together with the Alice Austen House Board, we are supporting them to develop new ways of delivering meaningful news and programming for our students, supporters, and contributing artists.


We are committed to thinking long-term about our mission to share the life and work of Alice Austen to inspire everyone to explore personal identity through photographic arts and personal storytelling. 

There has been considerable disruption to our in-person programs. We are currently installing a brand new exhibition “Powerful and Dangerous,” which raises up the inspiring writing and images of black, lesbian, feminist and activist, Audre Lorde. This exhibition will be shared with you in the coming weeks via our 

and website:

On our website, you can also visit our collections page to view a selection of Alice Austen’s incredible photography. We are also preparing gallery tours of our period rooms which contain many fascinating stories of Alice’s life and the themes embodied in her work. 

Our museum is fortunate to have a dedicated live-in caretaker who continues to safeguard the house and tend to all our blooming spring gardens available for you to visit in our waterfront park. 


There is no doubt that we are all in this together. We are working closely with our partners to navigate the challenges to retaining and supporting staff and caring for our collections.

Support Us Now

Your financial contributions make such a huge impact at this time, please consider donating to support our mission and the generation of all our new and long-term projects. 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you informed of the ways you can be involved and help preserve our historic site and all of the important work that we do here. 

With sincere thanks and pride,

Victoria Munro

and all of the staff of the Alice Austen House 

Take a quick 360-degree tour of our park and rooms here: