Garibaldi-Mucci Museum

A memorial cottage for two Italian political refugees and former Island residents.

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In the 19th century, Staten Island was home to two notable Italian political refugees: Antonio Meucci, who was the true inventor of the telephone and Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian revolutionary. In the 1850s Garibaldi fled Italy and took up residence in Meucci's Staten Island home. Garibaldi later returned to Italy and successfully fought for Italy's independence. Since Meucci's death, the Rosebank home has been landmarked as a museum and is a memorial to both men: The military hero and the unsung inventor. The purportedly haunted house is maintained by the Order of the Sons of Italy and is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Italian-American culture and heritage.