The Long Island Museum is dedicated to bringing American history alive for visitors from Nassau homes and beyond. Located in Stony Brook Village, the Museum has a collection of over 40,000 items that date to the 1700s to the present day. These include everyday items that tell the story of ordinary life in America through the ages, art work, and nearly 200 historic carriages.
The museum’s carriages are on display in the Carriage Museum, which has eight galleries. The Going Places Gallery has carriages that would have been seen around Nassau homes before the automobile became common. There’s also a map that illustrates how regional transportation routes developed.
The Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sundays, it’s open from noon to 5 p.m. It’s also open on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Admission for adults is $9; for senior it’s $7; kids six to 17 and college students are $4; kids under six get in free. Annual memberships are also available. Members get free admission for the year, as well as special discounts and other benefits. Since 1973, the Museum has been keeping America’s history alive. In 2006 it became a Smithsonian Affiliate. Visit longislandmuseum.org to learn more. Access the collections database to see some of the Museum’s artifacts online.