Given to the town of Edgartown as a gift for the enrichment of its citizens, The Carnegie was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie on land that was donated by Caroline Osborn Warren. The handsome Neoclassical structure served as the town library from 1904 until 2016, when a newer larger public library building was constructed on another site.
After an extensive restoration and renovation, Vineyard Trust reopened the landmark, now referred to simply as “The Carnegie,” to the public in 2018 as a heritage center.
Connect with this landmark
The Carnegie is open!
Inside The Carnegie, we’ve made precautionary changes to prevent the spread of coronavirus and we’re ready to welcome our friends and visitors back to our exhibit, Living Landmarks, and our artisan gift shop. We look forward to seeing you all this summer!
Summer Hours at The Carnegie:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
*We’re open until 7pm on Thursdays through August. Pop in before dinner in Edgartown and browse our artisan gift shop and view the Living Landmarks exhibit.
Vineyard Trust is following CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines and we ask our visitors to do the same. All we ask is you wear a mask and observe social distancing when visiting our landmarks.
Our popular walking tours, including our new Literary Edgartown walking tour, will resume Tuesday, July 7 with some exciting new additions and updates.
The renovated and restored landmark includes reading rooms, a visitor center, gift shop and the permanent exhibition, Living Landmarks, which illustrates the historical development of Martha’s Vineyard through the lens of the landmarks in Vineyard Trust’s care.
The Carnegie hosts regular events that are free and open to the public.
Between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, The Carnegie serves as Vineyard Trust’s flagship landmark and the starting point for historic walking tours of the Trust’s other Edgartown properties.
Living Landmarks Exhibition
The Carnegie houses the permanent exhibition Living Landmarks, which illustrates the story of Martha’s Vineyard through the lens of the 20 landmarks in Vineyard Trust’s care.
There is a $5 suggested donation to view the Living Landmarks exhibition.
The Carnegie includes two reading rooms featuring historical literature and the Ray Ellis Maritime Collection of original art.
The light-filled furnished spaces also include cabinets of curiosities that reflect the inspiring people, places and landscapes that dynamically contribute to island life.
The Carnegie’s artisan gift shop specializes in beautiful hand-crafted items that are inspired by the island and made by local artists. We have a fantastic selection of items perfect for giving (or keeping!) all year round.
Now available to purchase: Flying Horses Carousel masks
Keep the memories you’ve made at the Flying Horses Carousel alive this year with a souvenir mask. Available in both adult and child sizes.
Buy yours in person at The Carnegie Gift Shop or online.
Your purchase will directly support The Carnegie and the work of Vineyard Trust, and has an added bonus of supporting our thriving island community.
Buy A Brick
Support the preservation of The Carnegie with a purchase of a brick for the front walkway.
Each brick can be inscribed with an individual, family or organization name of your choice.
$1,000 per brick.
Those interested, should contact Sandy Burt in our office.