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Museum Hours:
May 15th - October 16th
Daily: 10am to 5pm

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am to 5pm

Tours and school groups
by appointment
throughout the year.
Please call for details.

200 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
For more information
Call 631-725-0770
Fax: 631-725-5638


Museum Manager: Greg Therriault
Business Manager: Vanessa Petruccelli
Collections Manager: Richard Doctorow
Museum Shop Manager: Michael Butler
Harpoon Committee:
Terry Elkins + Scott Sandell + Gavin Zeigler

Board of Directors:
Barbara Pintauro~Lobosco - President
Linley Pennebaker Whelan - Vice President
Zachary Studenroth- Treasurer
Anthony Brandt - Secretary
Joanne Carter
Robert Chaloner
Peter Drakoulias
Annette Hinkle
Peter J. Marcelle
Catherine Ross
Kathie Russo
Bettina Stelle
Lynda Sylvester
Tom Dakin

'Wrapped in Images' - Tattoo Show

This summer visitors to The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum will be greeted by the image of a fully tattooed ' Warrior' from the Marquesas, dated 1803.

'Wrapped in Images', uncovers the history  of tattooing that has been practiced for many centuries. It wasn't until the Cook expeditions in 1768 that the first recorded practice and the word Tattoo (tattaw tatau) appeared in the English language. Sydney Parkinson's (an artist aboard the Endeavor) striking drawings, gave the world a first glimpse of the intricate designs of the Pacific Islanders.

Not long after, whalers, adventurers, mutineers, beachcombers, artists and writers reinforced the myth of this incredible Paradise through their stories and rich images.

From its earliest roots to its rediscovery, 'Wrapped in Images' provides a timeline of incidents in history that include the mutiny on Captain Bligh's Bounty and Herman Melville's desertion aboard the New Bedford whaler Acushnet in Nuku Hiva in 1842. Artists Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse referred to the South Pacific as a 'paradise' and painted in rich bold style's and vivd colors.

Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti in 1891 and described the Marquesans as possessing" an unheard of sense of decoration".

Whalers and Sailors
Tattooing has been linked with the seafaring life of the navy for centuries.  During the latter part of the eighteenth century, the enthusiasm for tattooing spread rapidly among sailors, and it is mentioned in ships' journals and logs dating from this period.


Click here to view the exhibit, "The Plight of the Right Whale. Can We Right Our Wrong?"


American Museum of Natural History

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Australian Museum

Baltimore Tattoo Museum

Canadian Tattoo History

Capt. Don Leslie

Filipino Tattoo History

Guardian Unlimited - Skin Deep Exhibition

Gus Wagner at The South Street Seaport Museum

Hawaiian Tattooing

Japanese Tattooing

Kunsten pa Kroppen (The Art on the Body)

Maori Tattooing

Marquesas Islands Tattooing

Percy Waters Studio - Detroit 1920's

Prince Vallar, Scottish Tattoo Artist

Religious Tattoos

Skin Deep, An Article for Reed Magazine

Sutures of Ink: Tattooed Seamen

Tattoo Art - Some General History

Tattoo Charlie's Tattoo Museum

Tattoo History - Asian

Tattoo History: A Source Book, by Stephen G. Gilbert

Tattoo History#1 - General

Tattoo History#2 - General

Tattoo History#3 - General

Tattooing - Body Modification

The Vanishing Tattoo

Thomas Lockhart's West Coast Tattoo Museum

Triangle Tattoo & Museum

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaelogy & Antropology