THE MONTAUK OCEANS INSTITUTE AND SURF MUSEUM
The Montauk Oceans Institute had a “soft opening” in August 2015. The museum, which will contain exhibits regarding ecology and surf culture, will serve to educate the public in the areas of marine science, oceanography and physical science, as well as the part surfing played in the history of the Montauk region.
The project began in 2014 when a group of Montauk passionate surfers approached the Montauk Lighthouse with the idea for their museum to be a part of the Lighthouse Museum complex. The fog signal building, built in 1897, located next to the main building, was selected to house the new exhibits. The building originally housed machinery for the old fog signal, but recently had been used for storage and needed renovation.
The new facility is now open and will house rotating exhibits and displays, focusing on oceanic education. Programming will be geared toward East Coast surfing, combined with ocean science.
It is hoped that the exhibits will encourage discussions on such topics as coastal erosion, endangered species, and how to surf a wave!
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