The Austen House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.  The Alice Austen House is operated by the Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc, a not for profit charitable organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.  The museum relies on the support of its neighbors, the Staten Island public, visitors from near and far, photographers from around the world, our elected representatives and the NYC Parks Department for assistance.  We are grateful for the long-standing support of The Richmond County Savings Foundation, The Staten Island Foundation, Staten Island Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  

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The best way of honoring Alice Austen is not by creating a mausoleum filled with the past but by infusing her house with creativity, excitement, fun and a willingness to take risks.  That's what we aim for in our programming. If you have an idea for a program, please contact the museum: we are always looking for collaborators.  

If you are interested in donating your time to volunteer, please email for a volunteer application. The museum has approximately 100 volunteers who help maintain our park and garden, assist in education programming, are docents, administrative assistants, marketing assistants, grant researchers and the list goes on.  We are passionate about teaching photography and using Alice's trail blazing lifestyle to inspire the community.   

Most importantly, if you have ever been moved by the power of a photograph, love taking photographs, understand first hand that photography can give a child the voice that they have been struggling to find, or just appreciate the history of this iconic female photographer, please donate.  Donations are fully tax deductible and all donors will be featured on our wall in the museum and on the list of supporters here on (unless you choose to be anonymous). Alice Austen's life story is one of riches to rags to redemption and teaches us all an important lesson: support local artists.  Donate today!