Founded in 1898 within one of the most concentrated creative communities in the United States, the Parrish Art Museum has been a vital cultural presence on the East End of Long Island from its inception. For more than a century, the Museum has endured and expanded—from a single exhibition hall in Southampton Village built by Samuel Longstreth Parrish to showcase his collection, to its relocation in 2012 to a light-filled, purpose-built facility in Water Mill, New York.


By the mid-1980s it was clear that the Parrish had outgrown its original building, which lacked the basic infrastructure necessary for a professional museum as well as the space to showcase both its collection and temporary exhibitions. In 2005 the Museum purchased 14 acres in Water Mill, New York, and the Board of Trustees selected the internationally celebrated architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron to design a new and expanded building. In July 2010 the team broke ground and the 34,400 square-foot building opened to the public November 10, 2012.

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