A division of the Montauk Historical Society is seeking to renovate a building adjacent to the Montauk Point Lighthouse in order to transform it into the Montauk Surf Museum, and $25,000 is needed to complete the project.
Montauk Surf Museum, also known as the Oceans Institute of the Montauk Historical Society, has turned to Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, to raise the necessary capital. As of this week, the museum has received more than $7,000 in pledges since October 28.
The museum is designed to tell the story of how Montauk became the foremost surfing destination on the East Coast, and also explain how sea-level rise and erosion shape Montauk’s future. The science and origins of surfing will be among the exhibitions, as well as a virtual aquarium featuring sea creatures from the local marine ecosystem.
The archives will include photographs and interviews with surfers, and events will be planned to highlight artists, musicians and filmmakers inspired by the sea.
If the Kickstarter goal is not met by November 26, Montauk Surf Museum will not receive any of the pledged funds.
The Montauk Surf Museum board includes Jimmy Buffett, Bettina Stelle and Rusty Drumm.
For more information, visit montauksurfmuseum.com.