After a two and a half year hiatus, the Babylon Village Museum opened its doors and welcomed all into its newly renovated space at a Grand Re-opening celebration on Saturday, September 24, 2022, where the museum’s historic flagpole was re-dedicated right before the museum doors open.
The museum closed before the emergence of COVID with the original intent to re-organize all the museum collections to better present the history of Babylon to the community. That task morphed into one whereby walls were painted, all display cases were re-designed, the basement was cleaned out and re-organized, as was the archival vault, which also received a mechanical upgrade to ensure the proper temperature is maintained to meet preservation standards.Every artifact was numbered and electronically cataloged.
The trustees of the Historical Society worked hard for the past two and a half years to make the museum what it is today for the Village of Babylon,” said Judy Skillen, president of the Village of Babylon Historical and Preservation Society.
Each display case is dedicated to a different theme – fire department, schools, the Great South Bay, to name a few – allowing for a better flow throughout the museum. The museum tells the story of the history of Babylon via the layout.
This is a museum for the people of Babylon … the wonderful history of the village. We want to give them a better understanding of and appreciation for where they live,” said Skillen.
Flagpole Rises Again
During a storm in August 2020, the museum’s flagpole snapped in half. The original pole, a mast from a sailboat owned by Dave Southard and donated to the museum 40 years ago, is now restored to its former majesty, including its nautical Yardarm – a horizontal bar on the mast of a ship.
Beginning September 28, 2022, the museum returns to its original hours of operation – Wednesday and Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. and other times by appointment.