The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, located at West Gate Road and Montauk Highway, opened to the public on June 16, 2001, with an exhibition called "A Walk with the People." As the first and only Native American owned-and-operated Museum on Long Island, there has been widespread and enthusiastic public support from all who visit the beautiful and powerful log building symbolizing the proud endurance of Long Island's indigenous people.
The permanent exhibition, located in the east and west wings of the longhouse, displays numerous artifacts and objects including implements from the Shinnecock whaling history, woven Native baskets, a wickiup, and an indigenous animals exhibit. The spiral stairway to the lower level of the building leads into a large portrait gallery of Shinnecock people.
An exciting new program offers a guided tour of the museum and the Atlantis Marine Annex Center, where sharks, moray eels, and other marine life may be seen. The tour also will include a protected wooded area of the reservation where native plants and wild life may be studied. The current winter hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Call 631-287-4923 for additional information or special tours.