Education Programming


Alice Austen House Education Programs

A National Historic Landmark devoted to the life and work of one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, the Alice Austen House is proud to present educational programs that enhance your curricula and stimulate your students. The Alice Austen House is committed to the creation and delivery of equitable programs that provide all students with the best tools for learning success through the arts. Although the content of each program varies, each program includes essential components: a short history of Alice Austen, looking at and discussing her photos, and learning how to use a digital camera. These 75 minute programs meet NYS standards S.S – #1, 2, 3; Language Arts- #E2, E3, E4; and The Arts- #1, 2, 3, 4. 



Museum and School Education Programs

“I have made great friends and listened to even more amazing stories. I will never forget this day.”

– Shannya G

A student attendee of our 2018 Intergenerational Storytelling Through Photography Workshop

Online Educational Resources

Learn new photographic processes, participate in group photography activities and experience an interactive virtual tour all from your computer!

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Education Programs

As of 2019, we offer the following in-school programs:

Meet Alice Austen (K-12)

Alice Austen, Photographer (K-12)

Women’s History and Alice Austen (3rd & up)

History Through the Lens of Women Photographers (3rd & up)

CLICK HERE  to download the PDF Education Programming brochure 

As of 2019, we offer the following museum programs:

Young Alice Austen and Her Family (K-12)

Through Alice’s Eyes (K-12)

Women’s History and Alice Austen (3rd & up)

Self-Portrait Photography (2nd & up)

Immigrant Life at the Turn of the Century (4th & up)

CLICK HERE  to download the PDF Education Programming brochure 

As a nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ history, we feel strongly about providing creative education to local Pride Centers, Clubs, and GSA’s. In 2018, we offered the program “Intergenerational Storytelling Through Photography” to Staten Island SAGE and Wagner and Curtis High School GSA’s. This program consisted of a 6-week workshop series, culminating in a joint visit to the Alice Austen House where students and seniors came together to interview each other and have conversations about LGBTQ+ identity of the past and present.

We offer “Storytelling Through Photography” both as an in-school and in-museum class for GSA’s.

For more information on this program, contact Alyssa DeMarco, Director of Education, at (718) 816-4506 x13 or email here.

Pinhole Camera Education Program

The Alice Austen House has developed a pinhole camera education program. The museum participates annually in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on the last Sunday in April and offers a family workshop the week prior to make-your-own pinhole camera. Customized pinhole photography programs are available for groups.

Vintage Camera Day

Every year Alice Austen House hosts “Vintage Camera Day” in November, where you can marvel at the art of photography with hands-on demonstrations and displays of vintage cameras. Vintage Camera Day always features a talk from a local artist, a family workshop, and the opportunity to talk to our camera doctor, who will help diagnose and fix any issues you may be having with your own camera. More information can be found on our events calendar after the date is announced.


“From the outside, this charming cottage looks like any other late 17th-century Dutch Colonial House. Step inside, and you’ll soon discover it was the home base for one of New York’s most celebrated female photographers.” 

Atlas Obscura, 2018