AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NASSAU COUNTY, 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, 516-572-0730, theaamuseum.org. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Depicts history and contributions of African-Americans; films, lectures, exhibits and special programs all year; arts and crafts workshops all year. Live Jazz performances the first Fri. of each month at 7 p.m. Fee $5.
AMERICAN GUITAR MUSEUM, 1810 New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park, 516-488-5000, americanguitarmuseum.com. Hours 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tue.-Wed., Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thur.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., open by reservation for group tours Sun.-Mon. Call to confirm. More than 200 guitars on display from early 1800s to present. Exhibits include 100-year-old Gibson guitars, a Rickenbacker frying pan electric guitar, recognized as the first electric guitar. An exhibit will feature guitars from the book “Acquired of the Angels” about John D’Angelico, considered the Stradivari of today’s world of guitars. Rarest Birds on Earth exhibit, running indefinitely, features one-of-kind fretted instruments, including a five-string banjo built for “The Godfather” movie guitarist Ben Mortell and the cello guitar built for “The Ed Sullivan Show” guitarist Tommy Lucas. Current exhibits: If You Like Science, You Can Do Anything! Performance- grade instruments like a washtub guitar, a hubcap guitar, and a cigar box ukulele and stringed instruments from around the world. Fee Free.
AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE MUSEUM, Steamboat Road at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 516-726-6047, usmma.edu/museum. Hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., closed Sat.-Mon., federal holidays, academic vacations and the month of July. Call ahead for tours. A former estate, depicts Merchant Marine history with ship models, paintings, antique instruments and a 1945 radio room from a Victory ship. New exhibit: Liberty’s War explores the life and adventures of a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate who survived the Murmansk Run and being torpedoed in the Pacific during World War II. Fee Free.
AUTOSEUM, 100 County Seat Dr., Mineola, 516-571-1894, autoseum.org. Hours Call for appointment. A combination auto museum and school for auto-body specialists. On exhibit are famous movie, TV and custom cars that include the 1966 Batmobile, the 007 DB5 from James Bond, the Vin Diesel XXX GTO, the Drag-U-La, from the “Munsters” TV show and the Guinness World Book record holder for one of the longest cars in the world, more than 100 feet, and the DeLorean from the “Back to the Future” movies. Recent additions are the Mystery Machine from “Scooby Doo” and the “Flintstones’” car from the 1994 movie with John Goodman. The Autoseum teaches classes for car customizing, auto collision repair, auto painting, classic car restoration and movie props. Fee Free.
CEDARMERE PRESERVE, Bryant Avenue just north of Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Harbor, 800-763-7190, friendsofcedarmere.org. Hours Grounds open daily. Guided tours every Thur. at 2 and 3 p.m., includes house and grounds. The Long Island home of William Cullen Bryant, 19th century poet and newspaper editor, features restored gardens and pond. The gardens include the Boxwood Parterre Garden, designed by Bryant in the 1860s, and the Sunken Garden, laid out by Harold Godwin, Bryant’s grandson, in 1916. Fee Free grounds tour, donations appreciated.
COE HALL AT PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, 516-922-8600, plantingfields.org. Hours 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 14-31; closed Nov. 1-April 1. Estate of William Robertson Coe and Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe. The furnishings of this Tudor Revival-style structure have been restored to reflect the original décor of the mansion. Tour nine main-floor rooms, including a Louis XVI-style reception room and second-floor bedrooms. Oct. 8: Fall Festival. Oct. 26-29: Nightmare at Coe Hall. Dec. 2: Deck the Halls. Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17: Winter Festival. Fee $5, free younger than 12. See website for special-event fees.
COLLECTOR CAR SHOWCASE, 85 Pine Hollow Rd., Oyster Bay, collectorcarshowcase.com, 516-802-5297. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Private tours of 15 more available upon request. Displays include some of the rarest Porsches in the marque’s history plus Ferraris, BMWs and more. More than 1,000 vintage items such as signs, gas pumps and toys. Hand wash and auto detailing also available. Check website for events and sign up for newsletter. Fee Free.
CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, cradleofaviation.org, 516-572-4111. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. except select holidays Sept.-June; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily June 26-Labor Day. More than 75 air and spacecrafts in 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. National Geographic Dome Theatre and JetBlue Sky Theatre Planetarium, continuous daily shows. Nov. 24-26: Festival of Trees. Dec. 10: Holiday Chocolate Expo. Fee Call.
FLORAL PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES, 103 S. Tyson Ave., Floral Park, 516-775-6849, floralparkhistorical.org. Hours Docent tours by appointment. Museum is housed in the Tyson Building, the oldest commercial building in the Village of Floral Park. View memorabilia, photos, documents and artifacts related to Floral Park history. Also view “Floral Park — Home of Flowers” a handcrafted 4-by-4-foot diorama depicting Floral Park as it was in 1900. Periodic special exhibits. Fee Free.
FREEPORT HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 350 S. Main St., Freeport, freeporthistorymuseum.org, 516-623-9632. Hours 2-5 p.m. Sun. May-Nov. or by appointment. Originally a Civil War-era bayman’s cottage, the house holds artifacts of Freeport’s past, including a spinning wheel from the oldest house in Freeport, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a vintage television set and a 1920s kitchen plus a 13-star flag from 1777. An exhibit on the early 1930s Freeport Stadium is also offered. Fee Donations accepted.
GARDEN CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 109 11th St., Garden City, gardencityhistoricalsociety.org, 516-746-8900. Hours Consignment shop: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat. (closed Sat. in Aug.). The Apostle House is the museum, exhibit hall and meeting place. The Victorian home houses the A.T. Stewart consignment shop. Period furniture, historic property and artifacts from the Garden City area are displayed on upper levels. Nov. 5: Concert for a Sunday Afternoon. Dec. 10: Holiday Historic House Tour, High Tea and shopping. Fee Free.
GARVIES POINT MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, garviespointmuseum.com, 516-571-8010. Hours Tue.-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Preserve open daily, daylight hours. Museum presents Long Island geological and archaeological history. Nov. 18-19: Native American feast. President’s Week: Native American games, legends and crafts. Spring break: Hands-on nature programs, crafts and films. ($5 special admission for this event, free younger than 3). Fee $4, $3 ages 5-12; free to walk the preserve.
HICKSVILLE GREGORY MUSEUM, 1 Heitz Place, Hicksville, 516-822-7505, gregorymuseum.org. Hours 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; closed Mon. Groups by appointment only. Housed in a former 1895 courthouse and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum has Long Island’s largest mineral collection, fossils and more than 5,000 butterfly and moth specimens. Among the rare fossils are: a pair of dinosaur eggs with the embryonic bones exposed; a complete juvenile Platybelodon skull and a bone deposit with the remains of at least five prehistoric mammals. The former jail contains historical photos and artifacts from the area. Nov. 18-19: Open house and mineral sale. Fee $5, $3 seniors and children, $15 family.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE MASSAPEQUAS, 4755 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-799-2023, massapequahistoricalsociety.org. Hours Library open year-round 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed. and Sat. Built in 1844, Old Grace Church was rebuilt in 1906 in Gothic Revival style. The grave of Maj. Thomas Jones, namesake of Jones Beach, can be found in the cemetery. The grounds also feature the two-room, turn-of-the-last-century Delancey Floyd-Jones Library and the Floyd-Jones cottage (circa 1870), a five-room tenant farmer’s cottage. Apple Festival: Oct. 21, rain date: Oct. 22. Closed from Dec. to March. Fee Free.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE WESTBURYS, 445 Jefferson St. (on Westbury Library grounds), Westbury, 516-333-0176, villageofwestbury.org. Hours 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed., 1-5 p.m. Thur. and noon-4 p.m. first Sat. of month Sept.-June; July-Aug. by appointment. A collection of historical documents, photos and items are kept in a cottage next to the Westbury Library. Fee Free.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM: DAVID FILDERMAN GALLERY AND EMILY LOWE GALLERY, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, hofstra.edu/museum, 516-463-5672. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. The museum has a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art, from the ancient to the contemporary, and includes American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries; museum has two wheelchair-accessible galleries. David Filderman Gallery special exhibits: Andy Warhol, through March 11. Nov. 13: Andy Warhol Outside the Frame. Emily Lowe Gallery special events: Oct. 10: A Seat at the Table. Oct. 14: ARTful Adventures. Nov. 11: ARTful Adventures. Dec. 8: Poetry Writing Workshop. Dec. 9: ARTful Adventures. Converging Voices: Gender and Identity exhibit through Dec. 15. Year-round children’s programs include “Let’s Explore” backpacks and “The Great Art Caper.” Fee Free.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY, 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove, 516-571-8040, hmtcli.org. Hours 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. A living memorial to the millions of victims of the Nazis, special exhibits, library and children’s memorial garden. Short films and videos. Docent-led tours available at 1 and 2 p.m. on Sun. Call for tour hours during the week. Fee Suggested donation of $10, $5 seniors, $4 students.
LEVITTOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM, Levittown Memorial Education Center 150 Abbey Lane, Levittown, 516-434-7140, nwsdy.li/levhistorical. Hours 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wed., 7-9 p.m. Fri. or by appointment. Opened in 1997 as part of Levittown’s 50th anniversary celebration. The museum houses a collection of memorabilia, photographs, furnishings and appliances from original Levitt homes; gift shop. Fee Donation.
LONG BEACH HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY MUSEUM, 226 W. Penn St., Long Beach, 516-432-1192, longbeachhistory.org. Hours 1-4 p.m. Sun., April-Dec. and by appointment. Located in a 1909 Estates of Long Beach house, the museum houses an extensive archive of Long Beach historic documents, photographs. Artifacts and memorabilia are on view in the museum’s exhibit room. The chauffeurs’ quarters in the garage were recently restored and a new garden has been created reflecting the look of a typical early 20th century garden. Oct. 27-29: “Spotlight on Murder” an audience-participation murder mystery. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: Holiday Bazaar. Fee Donations.
LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, 516-224-5800, licm.org. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. and most school holidays. Interactive museum features 14 innovative galleries and exhibits for ages 12 and younger; theater performances, workshops and preschool programs. Through Jan. 7: Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in South Korea. Nov. 18-19: Festival of Korean Culture. Dec. 31: Countdown to 12! Jan. 27- May 13: Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice. Fee $13 adults and children, $12 seniors, free younger than 1; (additional fees for theater and special programming may apply).
MALVERNE HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY, 369 Ocean Ave., Malverne, 516-887-9727, malvernehistory.org. Hours By appointment only, available for private tours and parties. The society’s 1854 restoration house, an Old English- style farmhouse, houses photographs, memorabilia, clothing and tools and includes a celebrity room that features information on famous people who have lived in Malverne. Oct. 15: Malverne Fall Fair. Oct. 21: Historical Crimes of Long Island. Nov. 4: Pictures with Santa (bring camera). Dec. 1: Holiday Gala. Fee Donations.
NASSAU COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 1 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindberg Boulevard, Garden City, 516-572-4177, ncfiremuseum.org. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Sept.-June, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily July-Aug. An interactive educational facility focusing on fire prevention and education. It also includes the history of the Nassau County volunteer fire service, with photos, vintage fire trucks, historical and modern fire equipment and uniforms. Hosts the annual Badge of Courage Gala, a fundraiser in Oct., which is fire-prevention month. Fee $5 adults, $4 children (younger than 13), free younger than 2.
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 1 Museum Dr. off Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Harbor, 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org. Hours 11 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Visit website for installation closings. Situated on the William Cullen Bryant Preserve, this 145-acre property includes the Arnold and Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, The Manes Family Arts & Education Center, formal gardens, rare specimen trees, 8 miles of hiking trails, fields, ponds, and a sculpture garden with more than 30 installations. The Saltzman Fine Art Building, an example of Neo-Georgian Gold Coast architecture, features 10 galleries, changing exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other programs for adults, children, school groups and special-needs groups. Family Sundays at the Museum, supervised art activities for kids and accompanying adults plus gallery talks and tours, Sun. at 1 p.m. (free with museum admission). Exhibits: Through Nov. 5: New York, New York and Glamour Icons: Marc Rosen. Beginning Nov. 18: Fool the Eye. Fee $12, $8 seniors and students, $4 ages 4-12; free 3 and younger.
NASSAU COUNTY POLICE MUSEUM, 1490 Franklin Ave. in the rear of the Nassau County Police headquarters, Mineola, 516-573-7360, policeny.com/ncpdm2005.html. Hours By appointment only. Features uniforms and equipment of the past; displays of various police units, including K-9, mounted units, photo units, 1925 station house and 1973 communications bureau. Also, a 1925 Harley Davidson police motorcycle, a current Harley, and a 1968 Cushman three-wheeled vehicle used for parking enforcement. Fee Free.
NORTH SHORE HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 140 Glen St., Glen Cove, 516-801-1191, nshmgc.org. Hours 2-6 p.m. Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Appointments and group tours available. Exhibits include an original courtroom and artwork by Roslyn resident George Gach. Through Dec. 2: Gold Coast Classrooms. Over the years, many of the Gold Coast estates have been subdivided, demolished and a lucky few have remained intact. Several of these majestic houses have been repurposed into schools. Hear about the history of these magnificent homes and what it is like to go to school in a mansion. Fee $5, $4 seniors and ages 13-17, free 12 and younger.
OLD BETHPAGE VILLAGE RESTORATION, Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, 516-572-8401, obvrnassau.com. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. through the Candlelight Evenings event. Represents a typical 19th century Long Island community that features 51 historic buildings, including the Layton general store and home (1866). District #6 schoolhouse (1845) and the Powell Farm (1855) with animals, barn and carriage shed. Costumed staff members demonstrate various crafts, such as hat making, weaving, quilting and open hearth and wood stove cooking. Enjoy historic music, military re-enactments and old-time base ball. Oct. 20-22 and 27-29: The Haunted Tales and Trails. Nov. 4-5: I Love Chocolate Fest. Nov. 11-12: Woodworkers Show. Nov. 18-19 and 25-26: 1863 Thanksgiving. Candlelight Evenings-dates to be determined, call. Fee $12, $8 ages 5-12 and seniors, free younger than 5 (special events higher).
OYSTER BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, 516-922-5032, oysterbayhistorical.org. Hours Research library and museum 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. or by appointment, closed Mon. The Earle-Wightman house (circa 1720) was restored in 1972. Exhibits include the 18th century, one-room house, garden and furnished 1830s parlor, plus hands-on history exhibits. The Angela Koenig Research and Collections Center houses rotating exhibitions. Research Center (archives and library) available by appointment. Through Dec.: Exhibit of Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. Dec. 9: Holiday concert and open house. Fee Donations.
OYSTER BAY RAILROAD MUSEUM, 102 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-558-7036, obrm.org. Hours Call. Visitor center with museum store, historic presidential train station, and display yard with vintage railroad equipment, rolling stock and turntable. Dec. 9-10: Holiday Express. Fee $5, $4 ages 62 and older, $3 ages 6-12, free children 5 and younger.
PAGAN-FLETCHER RESTORATION, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream, 516-872-4159, vsvny.org. Hours Tours 1-4 p.m. Sun.; groups by appointment. The restored home, circa 1840, was owned by Robert Pagan, a Scottish merchant who named Valley Stream, and displays aviation artifacts from Curtis Airfield. The building also houses a country store, and the oldest gas station in Nassau County is on the property. Oct. 29: Kids’ costume contest. Dec. 3: Gingerbread house contest and bake sale. Dec. 29: Candlelight tour. Fee Donations accepted.
PHILLIPS HOUSE MUSEUM, 28 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-764-7459. Hours 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Sept.-June, Sun. only in Aug. Group tours by appointment. Restored Victorian house, circa 1870; the Capt. Samuel F. Phillips’ residence includes a collection of kitchen and carpentry tools, period furniture, vintage clothing and pharmaceutical collectibles. A lead soldier collection of 700 hand-painted pieces covering at least 10 conflicts is now a permanent exhibit at the museum. Fee Free.
POLISH AMERICAN MUSEUM, 16 Belleview Ave., Port Washington, polishamericanmuseum.com, 516-883-6542. Hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri. year-round; weekends by appointment. Original documents, maps, paintings and archival materials about Polish immigrants, as well as photographic and lithographic displays and a reading library. Two new exhibits: World War II — Polish commandos featuring medals, commando jacket, beret and photos; World War I — Blue Army of General Haller, with photos and uniforms. Fee Donations accepted.
RAYNHAM HALL MUSEUM, 20 W. Main St., Oyster Bay, 516-922-6808, raynhamhallmuseum.org. Hours 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. Museum was the home of Robert Townsend, a central member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, and was occupied by British officer Maj. John Graves Simcoe during the Revolutionary War. Heavily Victorianized in the 1850s, the house offers two eras of interpretation, with the front of the house showcasing the period of the Revolution, and the back of the house preserving a mid-19th century aesthetic. The garden is open to the public. Current exhibit: Ships, Sale, Steel and State: The Life of Solomon Townsend. Oct. 22: Lantern-making (kids’ workshop). Oct. 28: Village-wide Halloween parade with 12-foot tall puppets of Townsend descendants. Fee $7, $5 for seniors and students, free 6 and younger.
ROCK HALL MUSEUM, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, 516-239-1157, nwsdy.li/rockhall. Hours 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. Rock Hall (circa 1767) is a fully furnished Georgian Colonial. Permanent archaeology exhibit, 18th century warming kitchen, wine and cold storage displays in cellar. Guided tours. See website for museum programs. Oct. 8: Exhibit opening: Trinkets, Treasures and Trade. Oct. 21-22: 32nd Annual Rock Hall Country Fair. Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13: Cooking demonstration: The Art of Pie! Nov. 5: A Visit from George and Martha Washington. Nov. 19: Nanny Rose School of Etiquette for Children. Dec. 7: Children’s Storytelling by the Fireside (“Felicity’s Surprise: A Christmas Story”). Dec. 10: Ebenezer Scrooge Visits Rock Hall, a festive evening. Fee Free, donations suggested; fee for some events.
SAGAMORE HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Sagamore Hill Road, Cove Neck, nps.gov/sahi, 516-922-4788. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. year-round. Grounds open daily, dawn-dusk. Tour reservations encouraged at recreation.gov. The 23-room home of Theodore Roosevelt was the summer White House during his presidency. With furnishings unchanged since that time, it features mementos, big-game trophies and gifts from world leaders. The National Park Service offers lectures, tours and environmental programs. The Old Orchard Museum offers a virtual house tour and exhibits on TR. House tours are docent-led. Fee House tours: $10 ages 16 and older, free 15 and younger; free parking and free admission to the Old Orchard Museum.
SANDS-WILLETS HOUSE, 336 Port Washington Blvd., Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, Port Washington, 516-365-9074, cowneck.org. Hours Call or check website for hours or to book a tour. The earliest portion of the house was built around 1735 and includes a Colonial kitchen and an out-kitchen. About 1840, the east wing was added, 6 rooms in Greek Revival style. All rooms decorated in period-style furniture. Agricultural tools and equipment displayed in a barn (circa 1690s). Hands-on school programs and lectures. Visit website for information on historic walking and boat tours. The society also maintains the Thomas Dodge Homestead, 58 Harbor Rd., Port Washington. Oct. 14: Fall Country Fair. Fee Donation for house tours, call or check website for exhibit and event fees.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF LONG ISLAND, 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset, 516-627-9400, smli.org. Hours Open daily, call or visit website for program schedules. The museum, in the 36-acre Leeds Pond Preserve, is a science activity center. The emphasis is on field as well as lab studies, plus organic gardens, animals, educational programs, summer day-camp, off-site fossil digs, nature walks, travel programs, overnight Scout experiences and birthday parties. One-day workshops offered on school holidays. Fee Varies for special programs; preserve is free.
SEA CLIFF VILLAGE MUSEUM, 95 10th Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-671-0090, seacliffmuseum.com. Hours 2-5 p.m. Sun. Oct.-May, closed June-Sept. The history of Sea Cliff Village, incorporated in 1883, is recounted here through photos by Long Island postcard photographer Henry Otto Korten. Features a turn-of-the-century kitchen and a scale model of a Victorian house. Fee $1.
SEAFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford, 516-783-8629, seafordhistoricalsociety.org. Hours Call. Once a schoolhouse and then a firehouse, this 1893 building, a Town of Hempstead landmark, has historic displays including a schoolroom area, dining room, parlor, farming and carpentry tools, photos, old business machines, and an original 1906 Seaford skiff. There’s also a mural by Cliff Miller of a duck hunter in a Seaford skiff on the Great South Bay. Nov. 2: Robert Moses Villain or Hero. Fee Free.
TACKAPAUSHA MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford, nassaucountyny.go, 516-571-7443. Hours Museum open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thur.-Sun. all year; 84-acre preserve open daily, closes at dusk. Seasonal exhibits of Long Island wildlife, plants and nocturnal animals. Five miles of trails, a small labyrinth (free), cross-country skiing (weather permitting), educational programs, children’s birthday parties and Scout programs. Fee $5, $3 seniors and 5 and older.
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM JUDAICA MUSEUM, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights, 516-621-2288, tbsroslyn.org. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fri. Provides a picture of the Jewish heritage of people around the world through permanent and changing exhibits of ritual objects, art objects, photographs and paintings; self-guided tours. Fee Donations accepted.
WANTAGH HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, 516-826-8767, wantagh.li/museum. Hours 2-4 p.m. Sun. through Oct. Situated in a Victorian-style former train depot that was Wantagh’s station (1885-1966), with history displays and a ticket booth. A 1912 LIRR parlor car (the Jamaica) is on site as well as Wantagh’s first post office (1907). Spring and fall garage sales. Check website for special events. Dec. 10: Open house holiday party. Fee Free, donations.
Many Long Island libraries offer free passes to area museums, gardens and historical sites, including Cradle of Aviation, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Long Island Children’s Museum, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York Botanical Garden, New York Transit Museum, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Westbury Gardens, the Museum of Modern Art and many more. Restrictions and late fees may apply. Check with your local library.