The largest collection of maritime art in the US, approximately 32,000 objects are equally divided between works of art and martime objects and artifacts. Holdings span the 17th- to late-20th-century representing many significant maritime artists and historical events.
In addition to works by Butterswroth, Fitz Hugh Lane, Robert Salmon, Samuel Walters, Thomas Luny, Robert Cleveley, William Bradford and Edward Cooke, there are two notable collections of paintings by Antonio Jacobsen and brothers James and John Bard. Decorative arts range from textiles, ceramics, silverware, furniture, ship and boat decoration, embroidered works, toys, and carvings.
In more than 90,000 square feet of gallery space rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, and 150 boats from 42 countries are displayed. 550 acres of maintained, wooded property includes a 167-acre lake encircled by a five-mile trail, and monumental sculpture Anna Hyatt Huntington.