Raynham Hall will host a ribbon cutting ceremony, open to the public, to celebrate the completion of its new Visitors’ Center. The ceremony will be attended by Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino and other local officials, the many donors who made the construction of the Visitors’ Center possible, museum staff, and board members in welcoming the public to the new facility.
The Visitors’ Center, located next to the historic house, provides guests with an enhanced experience of the museum and its exhibits, expanding the campus beyond the historic house. The center features a permanent exhibit space with a multimedia display focusing on the Culper Spy Ring, dioramas depicting scenes of the British occupation of Long Island, a museum shop, as well as augmented reality experience. The center also serves as a hub for the museum’s educational programs and events, which promote the history and culture of Oyster Bay and Long Island.
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino stated, “Anyone who has visited Raynham Hall knows that when you walk through the doors of this museum you literally feel like you have gone back in time to an amazing period in our nation’s history. We are so fortunate to have such a historical treasure in our Town as this facility provides immeasurable experiences to all who visit it each and every year. The new Visitor’s Center helps to underscore the importance of preserving these tangible links to our past for future generations, and gives us all the opportunity to share in these collective memories.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the culmination of a multi-year project that was made possible by generous donations from private and public sources, including the New York State Council on the Arts, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the Town of Oyster Bay Legislature, the Marge Sullivan Fund, the Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Charitable Trust, and several anonymous donors.
“We are thrilled to see the finishing touches of our new Visitors’ Center completed and invite everyone to join us in celebrating this milestone for Raynham Hall Museum,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, the Executive Director of the museum. “The center will enhance our ability to serve our visitors and our community, and to preserve and share the rich legacy of this historic site.”