Current Exhibits

Changing exhibits and long-term installations cultivate interest in the history and culture of northeast Queens. Many materials used are culled from the archival collection, and encourage conversation and inquiry.

From the Archives: Bayside Yacht Club

Now showing on the first floor


The first installment of Bayside Historical Society's latest exhibit series, “From the Archives,” showcases documents, artifacts, photographs, and other archival materials from the Bayside Yacht Club collection. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on view during regular open hours: Thursdays and Fridays 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturdays 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.

BHS is closed to the public at the present time, but we hope this video tour of our Bayside Yacht Club exhibit will inspire you to see it in person once we reopen!

Men in Rows

Now showing on the first floor


Formal group portraiture is a centuries-old tradition where people come together to memorialize an occasion and record it for posterity. Yet, in many cases, the subjects are identified by their group affiliation only. So, aside from their collective identity, just who are the men in these photos?

Image: Beefsteak Dinner in honor of Bayside's veterans, December 1919

Ladies in Lines

Now showing on the first floor


Group portraiture denotes a collective identity wherein the ensemble takes precedence over the individual. Candid or informal photographs enable those individuals that comprise the group to sustain the moment — to look back, and recall the time, place, and reason that particular occasion warranted documentation. BHS has a trove of unidentified group photographs in its collections with a selection featured in this exhibit. 


Image: Members of the Bayside Woman's Club, June 1932

Native Bayside

Now showing on the second floor


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

Currently in transition

The exhibit explores the origins of the Castle from its design in the mid-19th century by the Army Corps of Engineers to its use as the original School of Application in 1887  to its reinterpretation as a cultural venue by BHS beginning in the 1980s. Before and after photos detail the enormous task of restoring this Victorian era jewel.

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208 Totten Avenue

Fort Totten
Bayside, NY 11359


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Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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