Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
Owned by Sons of Italy Foundation, Inc.
Administered by Grand Lodge of NY Board of Commissioners, OSIA


Please visit our "Upcoming Events" page to see all of the exciting programs, exhibits, lectures and events the museum has coming up in the next few months.


Registration for the winter/spring semester 2014 of Italian Language classes is now open.
Top 10 Reasons to Learn to Speak Italian at Staten Island's Historical Italian Landmark

Reason #1: You made a New Year's resolution to learn a new language.
Reason # 2: You are in love with the sound of the Italian language.
Reason # 3: You want to research your family roots and interpret old documents.
Reason # 4: You are in love with an Italian.
Reason # 5: You want to know exactly what you're ordering the next time you go to an Italian restaurant.
Reason # 6: You don't want to look or sound like a tourist when you visit Italy.
Reason #7: You want to sing along with Andrea Bocelli.
Reason # 8: You want to watch movies by famous Italian directors without having to read subtitles.
Reason # 9: Your spouse's relatives are Italian, and you think they may be talking about you.
Reason #10: You want to read the original "Dante's Inferno".

And Reason # 11: You want to learn to speak Italian the way it should be taught –by dedicated teachers who share their love of the Italian language and culture with every student, from novice beginner to native speaker- in a place rich of Italian history and culture – Staten Island's Historical Italian Landmark, which was home to an Italian genius, and refuge to an Italian hero- and at a fraction of the cost of other Italian language programs.

The 12-week semester begins February 22, with 90-minute classes offered weekdays, weekends and evenings to accommodate most schedules, for students of all levels of proficiency.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 20 students.
Tuition is $165 for non-members and $150 for museum members and must be paid in advance. All fees are non-refundable.
All classes are held in the museum.

Italian I
Tuesdays 2:00 p.M. - 3:30 p.M.
Instructor: Rose Frisari

This course is designed for beginner students. Students will learn vocabulary, verbs and grammatical structures needed for speaking and writing our beautiful Italian language. The class will provide beginning students with all the necessary tools to communicate in Italian at a basic level and to acquire a knowledge and appreciation of Italian culture. We will also view a movie during the semester and learn some beautiful Italian songs.
Classes begin February 25.

Italian II
Wednesdays 11:30 a.M. - 1:00 p.M.
Instructor: Rose Frisari

This class is a continuation of mrs. Frisari's class from last semester but is also open to anyone who has some knowledge of Italian. We will move on to new vocabulary, verbs and grammatical structures. more time will be dedicated to listening, speaking, reading and writing so that we can learn to master la bella lingua. We will also view a movie and study some vocabulary from the film for language enrichment.
Classes begin February 26.

Italian I
Saturdays 11:00 a.M. - 12:30 p.M.
Instructor: Louis Leonini

This course is designed specifically for beginners, emphasizing basic vocabulary, everyday phrases and conversational dialogues aimed at giving students confidence in their ability to speak Italian. Former students have said this course helped them enjoy and appreciate their trip to Italy. the grammar taught in this class is what is necessary to help students speak one of the world's most beautiful languages in a correct and flowing manner. the course includes cultural and historical highlights that will help the students understand Italy and its people.
Classes begin February 22

Advanced Italian
Sundays 11:00 a.M. - 12:30 p.M.
Instructor: Louis Leonini

This course is designed for students who know basic Italian with one or more years of study in the structure of the language. Working individually and in groups, they will build upon their present knowledge, creating conversations built around everyday themes and topics–the work place, social events, dining, autobiography, tracing family history, shopping, and travel. the course will also include cultural and historic highlights that will further the students' understanding of Italy, its history, and its place in our world. Italian films will also be screened to assist the student in understanding the cultural significance of film.
Classes begin February 23.

Communicative Italian I
Mondays 7:00 p.M. - 8:30 p.M.
instructor: Maria Bonavita

This course is for beginning students or/and students who wish to reinforce their basic Italian skills and discover the culture of Italy. Through a thematic approach, students will develop basic communication skills, and enrich their vocabulary with practical expressions. Students will learn to converse in Italian in various situations–shopping, ordering a meal, interacting among speakers of Italian, talking about one's self, and obtaining information about people and things. The emphasis of the course will be to empower students and help them gain the necessary confidence to communicate in Italian.
Classes begin February 24.

Intermediate Italian
Wednesdays 5:30 p.M. - 7:00 p.M.
instructor: Maria Bonavita

This course is designed for students who have studied Italian for at least three semesters and have a basic proficiency in the language. The program emphasizes a balanced development of the four skills–listening, speaking, reading and writing– plus Italian culture and grammar review. The focus will be to develop the students' ability to converse in Italian on a more advanced level. This course will enable learners to communicate with ease, motivated by stimulating activities.
Classes begin February 26.

Advanced Italian
Letteratura italiana e temi di vita contemporanea (for Italian-speaking students)
Mondays 5:30 p.M. - 7:00 p.M.
instructor: Maria Bonavita

Corso di lingua e cultura italiana per gli Italo-Americani che vogliono mantenere viva la loro bella lingua e cultura italiana e il loro legame con l'Italia.
This course is designed for students who have proficiency in the Italian language and wish to expand their knowledge. Students have the opportunity to read and discuss contemporary Italian literature, politics and social issues. The class is conducted solely in Italian and students are given the opportunity to engage in discussions, make presentations, and debate issues in the target language while exploring the beauty and richness of Italian literature.
Classes begin February 24.

Italian for travelers: let's vacation in Italy
Wednesdays 7:00 p.M. - 8:30 p.M.
instructor: Maria Bonavita

This course is designed for those learners who plan to visit Italy in the near future. This class will prepare students to gain knowledge in everyday living, using Italian when visiting relatives and friends, ordering food in a restaurant or café, making reservations and asking for information at a hotel, traveling through Italy, visiting museums, shopping, socializing, etc. the method is based on developing communication.
Classes begin February 26.


All materials needed for classes will be discussed in the first session.

In our Gallery: EXHIBIT "Piccole Belle Cose 2014" a show of "Small Beautiful Things" by members of IAVANET (Italian-American Visual Artists' Network) - January 11 - March 29

For more information please visit "upcoming events".
TERZA DOMENICA HERITAGE SERIES - "Italianate Architecture on Staten Island" - SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 2PM

On Sunday, January 19, Staten Island historian Barnett Shepherd will offer a presentation "Italianate Architecture on Staten Island."

Inspired by Italian Renaissance town houses found in Florence, the Italianate style of architecture was popular in mid-19th century America, and features heavily cut stone work, elaborate window and door surrounds, projecting eaves and elaborate cornices at the roofline.

American architects of the 19th century adapted these features for both public and domestic buildings–Buildings A and E at Sailors' Snug Harbor were built in this style in 1879 and 1880, and there are many private houses in the Italianate style on Staten Island. Examples include 66 Harvard Avenue, built around 1850, and the imposing Gustave Meyer House at 2475 Richmond Road in New Dorp.

Since he moved to Staten Island in 1972, Barnett Shepherd has worked at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, where he specialized in Staten Island's historic architecture; founded the Preservation League of Staten Island; been Executive Director of the Staten Island Historical Society; spent many years researching the history of Sailors' Snug Harbor and published many books and articles on Staten Island's architecture and history. He has also taught Staten Island history, and researched the historic building of St. Paul's Avenue in Stapleton for Historic District designation. And his interest in historic architecture is not just intellectual–Mr. Shepherd resides in the ca. 1835 Judge Jacob Tysen House, a Staten Island Historical Society property located in the Snug Harbor National Register of Historic Places Historic District where he gardens and collects art and antiques.

Admission of $10, $5 for members, includes a light reception.


The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the Order Sons of Italy in America.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men, and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.

Regular museum hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per person, members and children under 10 are free. Call ahead for groups of 10 or more. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but the restroom is on the second floor. At press time, program funding has been provided through the Order Sons of Italy in America; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Richmond County Savings Foundation; Northfield Bank Foundation; The Staten Island Foundation; The Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation and by grants allocated by New York State Senator Diane Savino and New York City Council members Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo.

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