Welcome to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum "You may have the universe if I may have Italy." --- Giuseppe Verdi ---
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 Friday. 1:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday.
Admission is $10 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 Italian American Women of Staten Island, 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, James Oddo and Rocco and Carol Berardi.
The New York City Council, Legislation Text. City Hall New York, NY
Res. No. 1566
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to acknowledge the primacy of Antonio Meucci in the invention of the telephone and
declare his moral vindication for this great achievement in the service of science and all mankind.
By The Speaker (Council Member Vallone) also Council Members Berman, Dear, Malave-Dilan, Henry, Koslowitz, Marshall, Michels, Nelson, Rivera, Robles, Abel and Stabile; also Council Members DiBrienza, Eisland, Fisher, Harrison, Lasher and O'Donovan
Whereas, One hundred and fifty years ago, the great Italian inventor Antonio Meucci arrived in New York City and embarked on the
defining chapter of a career both extraordinary and tragic; and
Whereas, Absorbed in a project that he began in Havana, an invention that he later called a "telettrofono," involving electrical
communications, Antonio Meucci immediately began to pursue his aspirations with ceaseless vigor and determination; and
Whereas, Mr. Meucci resumed the experiments he began in Havana in his new home in New York, communicating with his wife via a
rudimentary electronic line that went from the basement to the first floor; later when his wife began to suffer with crippling arthritis, he put up a permanent line between his lab and his wife's bedroom; and
Whereas, Having exhausted most of his life's savings in pursuing his work, Antonio Meucci was unable to construct a model for his
invention, though he demonstrated his instrument in 1860 and had a description published in a New York Italian-language newspaper; while he eventually became a proud American citizen, the inventor never learned English, making his path in the American business community more trying; and
Whereas, Antonio Meucci was unable to raise funds to pay his way through the long, labyrinthine patent application process and was
forced to settle for a caveat, a one-year notice of an impending patent only to learn that the Western Union affiliate laboratory had lost his
models and Meucci, who at this point was living on public assistance was forced to allow the caveat to lapse at the end of 1874; and
Whereas, In March, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell, who performed experiments in the same laboratory that Meucci used, and where
his materials were stored, was granted a patent and was, of course, credited with inventing the telephone; and
Whereas, It should be recalled that if Antonio Meucci could have paid the ten-dollar fee to maintain his caveat, that the Bell patent
could not have been granted; and
Whereas, In January, 1887, the Government of the United States moved to annul the patent issued to Alexander Graham Bell for
fraud and misrepresentation; the case was found meritorious and viable by the United States Supreme Court, which refused to uphold a
dismissal, and remanded the case to a lower court; and
Whereas, Antonio Meucci died in 1889, and the Bell patent was to expire in 1893, causing the case to be discontinued as moot
without a resolution ever being reached as to the underlying issue of who invented the telephone; and
Whereas, The Secretary of State of the United States had, at the time of the dispute, stated publicly that "there exists sufficient proof
to give priority to Meucci in the invention of the telephone;" and
Whereas, The Council of the City of New York has not forgotten Antonio Meucci's great contributions to science and to humankind,
and to the end of preserving his legacy, has by proclamation declared May 1, 2000 to be "Antonio Meucci Day;" now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon United States Congress to acknowledge the primacy of Antonio Meucci
in the invention of the telephone and declare his moral vindication for this great achievement in the service of science and all mankind.
File #: Res 1566-2000,