Current Exhibits

Bayside: The Actor's Enclave

Let us bring you back 100 years - when the Roaring 20s were just starting to purr! View photographs, posters, news clippings and more from our archives. On view at the Castle Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm, and Saturdays from 12 noon-4pm. We are grateful for the research assistance provided by The Lambs Club.

If the Hat Fits

Until the latter half of the 20th Century, hats were an essential piece of fashion for both men and women. They have been used to define social status, occupation, group membership, and have also been worn to, of course, express individuality or conformity to society's standards and expectations. Nineteen hats from BHS's archival collection are currently on display. They provide an overview of prevalent styles from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Native Bayside

Native Bayside chronicles the prehistory of Bayside and the Northeast through artifacts recovered from an archaeological site in Queens and a model of the site excavation. The culmination of 35 years of work by archaeologist Edward J. Platt and the New York Institute of Anthropology, the Bayside site is the oldest carbon-14 dated continually inhabited site in coastal New York State.

The Castle

The exhibit explores the origins of the Castle from its design and use as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Officers’ Club in the mid-19th century to its reinterpretation as a cultural venue by BHS beginning in the 1980s.