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The Hamptons is full of rich history. From the whaling history in Sag Harbor to the Shinnecock Native American history in Southampton, there’s a lot to learn about what the Hamptons was before it was “the Hamptons.”

Check out these museums and historical sites on the East End.

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The Quogue Gallery

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The Quogue Gallery describes itself as a “dynamic space in the Hamptons where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts can meet and share their common passion for serious artistic investigation.” They focus on modern and contemporary art, while recognizing historical impact.

Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum

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Dedicated to honoring Native American history and the Ancestors of Algonquins, this is the only Native American owned and operated, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization on Long Island of its kind. Tours are available, and the general admission fee for adults is just $8.

Conscience Point Historic Site and Nature Walk

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While Conscience Point isn’t technically a museum, it is a historical site, so we’re including it on here. This is a great place to go on cool summer days, and will be even better in the fall.

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The Thomas Halsey Homestead

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This house was built in 1660 by owner Thomas Halsey, one of the original families to purchase property from the Shinnecock Native Americans in 1640. It’s thought to be the oldest English-style house is New York State.

Beauty of 1648... admiring the simply stunning details... #southampton #historichouse #stainglass

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Parrish Art Museum

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The Parrish Art Museum not only has contemporary American art and exhibits, but a café and gift shop as well.

Water Mill Museum

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Located right on Old Mill Road, the Water Mill Museum exhibits the history of early Water Mill and Southampton when English colonists settled on the East End in 1640. There’s also an annual quilt show.

Weekend paradise. #summer #travel #hamptons #history #architecture

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Bridgehampton Historical Society

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The Bridgehampton Historical Society hosts exhibits and shows throughout the year. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Children's Museum Of The East End

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The Children’s Museum of the East End started in 1997 by seven mothers who were upset by the lack of educational opportunities in the Hamptons.

Like father like sons... #ChefsChildren

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Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

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Considering Sag Harbor gets a mention in Moby-Dick, there’s got to be some kind of honor to the rich whaling history.

LongHouse Reserve

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LongHouse Reserve literally has 16 acres of gardens on the property. The site is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available.

Pollock-Krasner House

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The Pollack-Krasner House and Study Center was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1994, and is currently part of Stony Brook University.

'I need to be alone for periods of time or I violate my own rhythm' - Lee Krasner

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Second House Museum

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Park of the Montauk Historical Society, this is the oldest structure in all of Montauk. It was originally built in 1797, and according to records, the Town allotted “three gallons of rum to raise the house at the Fort Pond.”

The Quogue Gallery

The Quogue Gallery describes itself as a “dynamic space in the Hamptons where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts can meet and share their common passion for serious artistic investigation.” They focus on modern and contemporary art, while recognizing historical impact.

Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum

Dedicated to honoring Native American history and the Ancestors of Algonquins, this is the only Native American owned and operated, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization on Long Island of its kind. Tours are available, and the general admission fee for adults is just $8.

Conscience Point Historic Site and Nature Walk

Google Maps

While Conscience Point isn’t technically a museum, it is a historical site, so we’re including it on here. This is a great place to go on cool summer days, and will be even better in the fall.

Google Maps

The Thomas Halsey Homestead

This house was built in 1660 by owner Thomas Halsey, one of the original families to purchase property from the Shinnecock Native Americans in 1640. It’s thought to be the oldest English-style house is New York State.

Beauty of 1648... admiring the simply stunning details... #southampton #historichouse #stainglass

A post shared by Meghan Barnes (@pinkcatmb) on

Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum not only has contemporary American art and exhibits, but a café and gift shop as well.

Water Mill Museum

Located right on Old Mill Road, the Water Mill Museum exhibits the history of early Water Mill and Southampton when English colonists settled on the East End in 1640. There’s also an annual quilt show.

Weekend paradise. #summer #travel #hamptons #history #architecture

A post shared by Aviva (@aln_studio) on

Bridgehampton Historical Society

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The Bridgehampton Historical Society hosts exhibits and shows throughout the year. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Children's Museum Of The East End

The Children’s Museum of the East End started in 1997 by seven mothers who were upset by the lack of educational opportunities in the Hamptons.

Like father like sons... #ChefsChildren

A post shared by Casey Fremont (@caseyfremont) on

Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

Considering Sag Harbor gets a mention in Moby-Dick, there’s got to be some kind of honor to the rich whaling history.

LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve literally has 16 acres of gardens on the property. The site is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available.

Pollock-Krasner House

The Pollack-Krasner House and Study Center was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1994, and is currently part of Stony Brook University.

'I need to be alone for periods of time or I violate my own rhythm' - Lee Krasner

A post shared by Hannah D'Arcy (@falselyhannah) on

Second House Museum

Park of the Montauk Historical Society, this is the oldest structure in all of Montauk. It was originally built in 1797, and according to records, the Town allotted “three gallons of rum to raise the house at the Fort Pond.”