Photo: 1931 Train Station Dedication, Main Street, Brewster, NY.
In addition, the museum presents various changing exhibits, drawing on its extensive collection of antique farm and household implements, quilts, clothing and assorted Americana reflecting 19th century material culture. The museum is located on Main Street, Brewster in one of Putnam County's largest land marked buildings, the 1896 Old Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Established in 1963, the Southeast Museum offers exhibits on the history of the Town of Southeast, including the early American Circus, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Tilly Foster Mine, the Borden Milk Condensery, and the Croton Reservoir System.
Great news, the restoration of the museum's windows has entered the last phase. Once that is complete we will open according to NYS Reopening Guidelines. Our programs will continue online until we reopen.
Remember to check out our Facebook page to see historic images and program information.
The Southeast Museum celebrates the history of the town of Southeast and lower Hudson Valley by educating, collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant material artifacts and culture, to serve as a source of community appreciation and inspiration.
To be a financially sustainable organization with an increased and diverse audience, expanded education programs, and secure and stable facility, which is supported by a dedicated board, knowledgeable staff and an engaged lower Hudson Valley community.
The Southeast Museum thanks the following for their support and friendship:
Town of Southeast
Putnam County Government
Putnam Arts Council
The Brewster Rotary Club
The Southeast Museum is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
We are happy to announce that our programs are on Zoom!
You will be notified by email with program link information.
Photos: Corner of Main and Park Street, Brewster, NY c.1890.
Out for a Ride on Oak Street, Brewster, NY c.1917.
Photo: Girl Scouts marching in the Centennial Parade, Brewster, NY 1948.
Photo: Brewster Centennial Parade 1948.
Educational Programs and Special Events
The Southeast Museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events in conjunction with its exhibition program. Activities include tours of area historic sites, house tours, lectures, film presentations, interpretative tours of Putnam County, craft workshops and family programs.
School Programs and After-School Activities
The museum offers a wide variety of educational programs for local school groups, from Pre-K through fifth grade. Presentations on 19th-century life, mining, railroads and folklore are among the many subjects offered. Programs are available at the museum or can be brought to your school group or after-school program. Contact the museum for further information on fees and programs.
The Southeast Museum’s programs and services are made possible by support from the Town of Southeast, Putnam County Government, membership, fundraising drives and the private sector.