5 Exciting Long Island Museums You Don’t Want to Miss
If you are visiting Long Island or just looking for something fun to do, there are five must-see museums you need to check out. Airplanes, art, historic sites and children’s adventures offer something for everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at what Long Island has to offer.
American Airpower Museum
This museum dedicated to WWII is located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale. Here you can see vintage aircraft like the AT-6 Texan, P-40, B-25, TBM Avenger and P-47 Thunderbird built by the former Republic Aviation plant that was located next to the airport. Many of the planes demonstrate take-offs and landings and special fly-ins are scheduled for Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. There is a Tuskegee Airman exhibit, and you can walk through old hangars and a control tower.
Long Island Children’s Museum
Interesed in an interactive museum with exhibits to delight both kids and grown-ups? Here, you can step inside an enormous bubble, climb sculptures, and browse the Community Gallery spotlighting local school children’s art. The communications section offers historic rotary phones and modern devices like smart phones. There is a miniature beach and a backyard area with a gravel pit, picnic tables, and gardens. For the youngest members of the family, explore Tot Spot where children can play in a pint-sized town, lighthouse, post office or train station. There is also a fix it room with tools so children can explore their handy side and a Keva room, using planks that stick together by gravity, not adhesive.
Sagamore Hill Historic Site
The former home of Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th president, is a beautiful place to spend the day watching old news films and going through the presidential library. This was the summer White House back in Teddy’s day and is full of memorabilia from his life, including heads of many of beasts he hunted. There are paths and nature trails to walk along, as the site is also a National Park.
Nassau County Museum of Art
This museum located in Roslyn has ever-changing art exhibits and an onsite gift shop and café. The mansion, once owned by the son of U.S. Steel co-founder Henry Clay Frick, includes works of art from European and American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A formal garden designed by celebrated landscape artist Marian Cruger features a 450-foot rectangular flower garden. There are special exhibits for children including a Sculpture Garden Scavenger Hunt and summer art labs. The 145-acre site includes 40 outdoor works of art.
Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages
Located in Stony Brook, this museum has 110 carriages, including a gypsy carriage and a fire truck wagon. On the site are several historic buildings: a one-room schoolhouse, a barn, a blacksmith shop, and a fountain and horse trough. Many of the exhibits are interactive and kid-friendly. If you are a sportsman, don’t miss the wild fowl decoy gallery. For something a little different, check out the crochet wrapped trees.
Long Island has much to offer, especially if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City. From kids to adults, there are museums for everyone and every interest.