One of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, Guild Hall was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nearly nine decades, Guild Hall has provided an environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings year-round. In addition to being the region’s only multidisciplinary center, what distinguishes Guild Hall from surrounding cultural institutions is its long-storied history and focused mission to foster the artistic spirit of the East End through community engagement. Guild Hall has served three generations, acting as a town hall for the arts, where our patrons are invited to see the work of other artists and to participate as artists themselves. Our Annual Members Exhibition was one of the first non-juried exhibitions 81 years ago, and remains one of the few remaining in the U.S. today, with 400 artists in all stages participating each year. The Student Arts Festival, annually showcases artwork by K-12 students (over 3500) from local school districts, and engages children and families in related programs. The Museum mounts 8-10 exhibitions per year by artists who are affiliated with Eastern Long Island, and is the only accredited museum in the region that offers free admission year-round. Our Permanent Collection is made up of 2428 objects of 19th – 21st century art, and images of these objects became accessible to the public on our website in 2019 as part of a year-long digitization project. The John Drew Theater offers over 150 presentations annually, and we make our stage available to local schools, associations, and emerging talent. Our Education Department creates original learning opportunities for students, families and adults. Guild Hall has always been, and will continue to be, a creative meeting place for all.
The Guild Hall Teen Arts Council provides paid positions for teenagers in our community who, in turn, develop leadership and team building skills by working together as a group; learn about a range of professional options and career paths, such as curating, theatrical direction, design, marketing, and fundraising; and build extracurricular work experience while learning about the arts.
To ensure our programming is accessible to all, we offer Free Student Rush tickets, and free admission to Guild Hall Museum and select Theater and Education programs.
The Museum at Guild Hall Hours: From Labor Day through June 30: Fri & Saturday 11am-5pm & Sun noon-5pm From July 4 through Labor Day: Open 7 days a week Closed Easter Sunday, Veterans Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
For tickets, visit guildhall.org or call 631.324.4050 or Theatermania at 1.866.811.4111.