The art, artifacts, and people within the house of the
True Inventor of the Telephone, and the "Hero of Two Worlds"
In the heart of Rosebank is the historic home of the inventor, Antonio Meucci and the legendary hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi. This museum hold the actual "death mask" of Antonio Meucci inventor of the telephone and resident of Staten Island, amongst other inventions, original furniture, and household articles.
Showcase of the Teletrofono
In the house Meucci spent all of his time working on his telephones. Here at the museum, we have a showcase of the orignal model of the "teletrofono". People from all over the Staten Island neighborhood came to use the telephone.
The Garibaldi Bedroom
On our second floor is a bedroom, preserved as it looked when occupied by General Garibaldi from 1851 until 1853. On the bed lie his personal effects including a ceremonial shirt and smoking cap, his tobacco pouch, his sword, a pair of hunting rifled, and his walking stick. At the foot of the bed is his travel bag and crate. This room includes the ways of life in the 1800's with sink, stove, writing desk, and heater.
The Garibaldi Room, A Unification of Italy
This room honors General Giuseepe Garibaldi, the "Hero of Two Worlds." Here on permanent display are artifacts and artwork chronicling the life of the man who united Italy. As you tour this gallery you will see not only the personal story of a great world leader and warrior but the history of a unified modern Italy.
The Meucci Room
This room honors Italian immigrant and inventor, Antonio Meucci. Here on permanent display in his own home, are artifacts and artwork chronicling the life and inventions of the true inventor of the telephone. As you tour this exhibit you'll not only see models of Meucci's original "Teletrofono" but also his handcrafted rocking chair and piano.
The Anita Rose
The Garibaldi - Meucci Museum unveiled of a 3-D rendition of the “Anita Rose”, compliments of Staten Island Technical High School student Emma Wang, under the guidance of SI Tech principal Mark Erlenwein and teacher Amanda Stefanese. Other renditions of the rose were created by students Mingyang (Michelle) Yin, Damon Wu, Bandon Yeung and Benjamin Khobot.
The rose is a symbolic flower that is being cultivated in Italy and ceremoniously planted throughout historically referenced places in Italy and Brazil, to honor the heroic legacy of Ana Maria DeJesus Ribeiro DaSilva aka Anita Garibaldi, as part of the Anita Fidelis Project, which was represented by an Italian Delegation, spearheaded by Dr. Andrea Antonioli and Lieutenant, Giampaolo Grilli, and included Alessandro Buscaglione Garibaldi and his sister Maria Gabriella, both of whom are descendants of Menotti Garibaldi, son of Giuseppe and Anita Garibaldi.
Also, in attendance for the Anita tribute was Marciane Laskoski representing Dona Elma Santana, honorary president of the Anita Garibaldi Institute in Brazil.
The symbolic “Anita Rose” also represents a noble movement toward establishing an equal status for women of the world. The GMM looks forward to the spring of 2024, at which time it will ceremoniously plant the Anita Rose on its ample grounds. We at the museum also look forward to working with the students of Staten Island Tech HS on other museum projects.