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Long Island Museums

If you are interested in visiting some of the many Long Island museums in the same area, you may want to visit Museum Row in Garden City. There are 4 of them situated along Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, adjacent to Nassau County Community College.:
  • The Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • The Long Island Children's Museum
  • Nassau County Firefighters Museum (within the Cradle of Aviation)
  • The Long Island Museum for Science & Technology.

However, there is a wide variety of different types of Long Island museums located throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. We have plenty to take you back in time and explore early American history on Long Island. We have art, history, cultural, aviation, and railroad museums. There are museums also geared just for kids. To make it easier to find one that you are interested in, the following list are Long Island museums by category.

Long Island Museums - Science and Technology

Science Museum of Long Island

Science Museum of Long Island

1526 N. Plandome Rd, Plandome (516) 627-9400

This is a great museum for kids with workshops on weekdays and during school vacations. All exhibits are hands-on and to experience the Science Museum you must register for their programs. The museum also offers holiday workshops and after school workshops every month for all age groups - kindergarten through grades 5 and up. There is also a nursery school program, summer camp, birthday parties, and boy and girl scout activities.

Hicksville Gregory Museum, Long Island Earth Science Center

Hicksville Gregory Museum

Heitz Place, Hicksville (516) 822-7505

As quoted from the website, the museum's statement is "to create an awareness of and an interest in earth science, natural history and local history through the collection preservation and exhibition of specimans and artifacts; publications; and educational programs". The museums has permanent exhibits on minerals, fossils and butterflies and also has an extensive collection of old time telephones from as far back as the 1920's.

Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences

Museum of Natural Sciences at Stonybrook University

Earth and Space Sciences Building on the campus of the Stonybrook University (631) 632-8230

The museum is dedicated to the study of the natural sciences and provides science education to the community through lectures and seminars. There are many programs for schools and opportunities for the kids to participate in fun science experiments. The museum is connected with the Geosciences Dept. at Stonybrook University.

Brookhaven Science Museum

Brookhaven National Laboratory Museum

William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one and a half miles north of Exit 68 of the LIE, (631) 344-4495

The museum is part of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, which has studies on the physical sciences and photon sciences, energy, physics of the universe, and climate and environmental sciences. There are free programs for kids geared for each age group.

Long Island Museums - Maritime and Marine

American Merchant Marine Museum

American Merchant Marine Museum

300 Steamboat Rd, Kings Point (516)726-6047

The museum contains a collection of marine art, ship models and nautical artifacts. Visitors can learn about our nations merchant marine history and see the historical exhibits on display. Some of the exhibits include a ship's wheel from the USS Constitution, a large model of a ship, and the Japanese surrender sword from WWII given by General McArthur.

East Hampton Town Marine Museum

East Hampton Town Marine Museum

301 Bluff Road, Amagansett: run by the East Hampton Historical Society (631) 324-6850

This museum is dedicated to documenting and preserving the maritime history of the east end. There are 3 floors filled with artifacts, models, displays and photographs representing those who work on the water as a trade.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418

At this museum, you will find a large collection (about 6,000) of exhibits and artifacts representing the history of Long Island and Cold Spring Harbor's whaling industry. The museum proudly provides one of the most extensive education programs on Long Island for students and visitors.

Long Island Maritime Museum

Long Island Maritime Museum

86 West Ave, West Sayville (631) HISTORY

The museum is devoted to preserving Long Island's maritime history and heritage, which includes boat building, shipwrecks, and shellfish harvesting. There are many annual events, like Lobsterpalooza in June and the Seafood Festival in August. This is a fun and educational place to visit.

Long Island Museums - American Indian

Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove (516) 571-8011

The museum presents exhibits and information on Long Island's natural, prehistoric, and historic heritage, including our Native American history. Visitors can study Long Island's unique geological features on the beach at Garvies Point Preserve. You can discover fossils and "Indian Paint Pots", which are a combination of iron oxides which include, limonite, goethite and hematite.

Southold Indian Museum

Southold Indian Museum

1080 Main Bayview Rd, Southold (631) 765-5577

Run by the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, this museum is dedicated to the preservation and study of of the Indians of Long Island. The majority of artifacts are from the Algonquin Indians, which includes pottery, pots, and bowls, however there are other items of the tribes of Central and South America.

Long Island Museums - Children

Long Island Children's Museum

Long Island Children's Museum

11 Davis Ave, Garden City (516) 224-5800

This museum is very interactive and hands on for kids, which includes 14 exhibits and a 145 seat state of the art theater. There are workshops and programs for children, like the "Healthy Living Series" which teaches kids about nutrition and exercise in a fun way and the "Art Series", which teaches youngsters about techniques of art.

Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center

Nassau County Firefighter Museum

One Davis Ave, Garden City (516) 572-4177

The museum is a tribute to Firefighters with hands on exhibits featuring antique and contemporary fire apparatus and gear. There are displays of memorabilia and equipment and kids who visit the museum learn about the history of the local firefighter services.

Long Island Science Center

Long Island Science Center

11 West Main St, Riverhead (631) 208-8000

The museum is dedicating to helping kids discover science, through "learning and doing" and taking part in interactive exhibits. The goal is to help students learn all about science and math and think outside the box. There are many exhibits that are geared for children and displayed to encourage their love of learning.

Long Island Museums - Railroad

Wantaugh Railroad Museum

Wantagh Railroad Museum

1700 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh (516) 826-8767

The Wantagh Railroad Museum represents everyday life from 100 years ago. It is actually 3 structures: The first is the "Station", a museum which originally stood on Railroad Avenue and moved to it's current location in 1966. Then there's "The Jamaica Railroad Car", which was built in 1912 for the LIRR. There is also "The Original Wantagh Post Office", a structure that was built in 1907 and shows what the original Wantagh Post Office was like during a time when the area was mostly rural.

Railroad Museum of Long Island

Long Island Railroad Museum in Riverhead and Greenport, NY

Greenport: 440 4th St, (631) 477-0439
Riverhead: 416 Griffing Ave, (631) 727-7920

Dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the railroad on Long Island. You can find many earlier models of Long Island's trains. The majority is found in the Riverhead location, however Greenport is home to another Railroad Museum. Greenport is the eastern terminus of the original main line of the Long Island Railroad.

Long Island Museums - Aviation

Cradle of Aviation Museum

a really great aerospace museum in Garden City

One Davis Ave, Garden City, (516) 572-4111

This is an aerospace museum commemorating aviation on Long Island. There are over 75 air and space craft exhibits. There is a giant screen theater so you can watch films. This fall, 2011 the museum will add a digital Planetarium to the mix, a powerful virtual reality of the planets and stars comparable to the supercomputers at NASA.

American Airpower Museum

American Airpower Museum

1230 New Hwy, Farmingdale (631) 293-6398

This is an aviation museum which showcases our American military heritage. The museum is situated on the former site of the Republic Aviation, which is now part of the Republic Airport. There are many vintage aircraft exhibits on display that have been flown by Americans during wartime. When you visit you will learn about the history of the WWII aircrafts.

Long Island Museums - History and Culture

African American Museum

Long Island's only African American museum

110 North Franklin St,Hempstead,(516) 572-0730

This is the only African American Museum on Long Island. The museum specializes on the history and culture of Blacks on Long Island. The African Atlantic Genealogy Society provides workshops and instruction on family genealogy at the museum.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage (516) 572-8400

This is a historical site of what a Long Island farm village was like in the mid 1800's. There are many buildings and homes that were restored to a point of history in the past and you can get a feel for how life was like during those times. To step back in time I definitely recommend visiting this museum.

Raynham Hall Museum

Raynham Hall Museum

20 West Main St, Oyster Bay (516) 922-6808

This museum was originally a house owned by Robert Townsend, a Civil War era ship Captain in the United States Navy, who lived there with his wife and family in the 1700's. The house has a huge collection of archives and items that show how the Townsend family and neighbors lived during that time. There are more than 5,000 items of tableware, cookware, furntiure, accessories, toys, games and works of art at Rayham Hall.

The William T. Lauder Museum

The William T. Lauder Museum

170 Broadway, Amityville (631) 598-1486

The museum, run by the Amityville Historical Society, has a large collections and display of historical memoriabilia from Amityville. Much of Amityville's history is displayed through exhibits and the museum has an ongoing schedule of events.

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

Nassau Holocaust Memorial Center

100 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove (516) 571-8040

The memorial teaches the public about the history of the Holocaust and about the dangers of racism, antisemitism, and bullying. There are many survivors of the Holocaust who are involved in the memorial. They share their experiences with schools and the general public. The Center survives on donations, which helps to keep the center open and educate the public about tolerance for all people with lessons from the holocaust.

Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum

Montauk Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, (631) 668-2544

The museum is located in the 1860 Keeper's house. There are many historical documents situated throughout the hallways, bedrooms, and parlor. The Montauk Lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks on Long Island. There is a 137 step spiral staircase that takes you 86' high to see the beautiful views from the observatory tower.

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport

180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport (631) 854-5555

The museum was named after William K. Vanderbilt, a member of the famous United States Vanderbilt family. It is housed in a complex, that is the former Vanderbilt Estate. When you visit, you can explore the marine museum, planetarium, curator's cottage, animal and insect specimens, a seaplane hanger, and beautiful gardens. The focus is the preservation of artifacts representing William Vanderbilt's life.

Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

300 West Main St, Riverhead (631) 727-2881

Showcased are exhibits and collections representing Suffolk County's history. Most of the items on display are from the 19th century. This museum also includes many Native American artifacts.

Walt Whitman Birthplace

The Walt Whitman Museum and historical site is in Huntington, NY

246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, West Hills, (631) 427-5240

Walt Whitman, born in Huntington, NY, was one of America's greatest poets. His writing touched on the issues of the 19th century, including immigration, slavery, and the Civil War. Walt Whitman's birthplace, his family's farmhouse is perserved by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. There are more than 16,500 visitors annually and presents an annual poetry contests for students, with over 5,000 entries each year.

Long Island Museums - Art

Hofstra University Museum

beautiful art at the Hofstra Museum

112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, 516) 463-5672

The museum has a collection of about 5000 works of art from the ancient to contemporary. The university museum is open to the public and is dedicated to help people further understand and enjoy the visual arts. The museum strives to help people make deep connections to the art and the culture from which it originates.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

One Museum Dr, Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9338

Voted the Best of Long Island in 2011 by the Long Island Press, this museum is considered one of the nation's largest and most important suburban art museums. The art represents the Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. The museum offers many for all ages and plenty of events like the "Summer ArtVentures for Children".

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages

Museum of American Art History and Carriages

1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook (631) 751-0066, ext. 212

The museum showcases American art and history which include American artifacts of everyday life. There are more than 4000 paintings, sculptures and prints in the museum. The Carriage Museum has more than 200 horse-drawn carriages and other items from the carriage era. You can also find a 19th century carriage making shop.

Heckscher Museum of Art

Heckscher Museum of Art

2 Prime Ave, Huntington, (631) 351-3250

Many collections of great art are showcased at this museum, which serves the town of Huntington and the surrounding area. The museum has mostly Western art, with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides the amazing art, there are interesting exhibitions and school discovery programs for all ages.

Islip Art Museum

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip (631) 224-5402

There is a large collection of Long Island contemporary artwork. The museum has many fine art classes, lectures, and workshops and hosts an "Open Call" program for artists to submit their artwork for possible participation in an annual theme show.

Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum

25 Jobs Lane, Southampton (631) 283-2118

On display are a vast collection of American artwork, with a focus of artists from the east end of Long Island. Some of the artwork includes those from Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein. There are many exhibits, including the installation of "Jacks", four monumental sculptures, that will be on display through December.

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