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Museums, exhibits in Nassau County

Hundreds of historical and imaginary models will fill

Hundreds of historical and imaginary models will fill 38 display tables in the atmosphere of an armor museum. Credit: Robert DeMaio / Louis Cina

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NASSAU COUNTY, 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, 516-572-0730, 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, 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 and a Rickenbacker frying pan electric guitar, recognized as the first electric guitar. Fee Free. 

AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE MUSEUM, Steamboat Road at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 516-726-6047, 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, the museum depicts Merchant Marine history with ship models, paintings, antique instruments and a 1945 radio room from a Victory ship. Exhibit: Liberty’s War explores the life and adventures of an academy graduate who survived the Murmansk Run and being torpedoed in the Pacific during World War II. Fee Free. 

CEDARMERE PRESERVE, Bryant Avenue just north of Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Harbor, 800-763-7190, 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, Hours Check website. Closed Oct. 29-April 1 except for special events. 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 decor of the mansion. Tour nine main-floor rooms, including a Louis XVI-style reception room and second-floor bedrooms. Oct. 7: Fall Festival. Oct. 19-20 and 25-27: Haunted Nights. Dec. 1: Deck the Halls, Dec. 7: Tree Lighting. Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16: Holiday Festival. Fee Check website for general admission and event fees. 

COLLECTOR CAR SHOWCASE, 85 Pine Hollow Rd., Oyster Bay,, 516-802-5297. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Tue. and Thur.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Displays include some of the rarest Porsches and European cars in the marque’s history. Quality, hand-selected, pre-owned Porsches available. Hand wash and auto detailing also available. Check website for events and signup for newsletter. Fee Free. 

CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City,, 516-572-4111. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. except select holidays Sept.-June More than 75 aircraft and spacecraft in 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. National Geographic Dome Theatre and JetBlue Sky Theatre Planetarium, continuous daily shows. New Exhibit: SPACE: A Journey to Our Future, open Oct.-Aug. 2019. Nov. 4: Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival. Nov. 23-25: Festival of Trees. Fee Call.

GARVIES POINT MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove, 516-571-8010, Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Preserve open daily, daylight hours. Museum presents Long Island geological and archaeological history. Nov. 17-18: 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 explore the preserve.

HICKSVILLE GREGORY MUSEUM, 1 Heitz Place, Hicksville, 516-822-7505, 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 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 historic jail contains photos and artifacts from the area. Nov. 10-11: Open house and mineral sale. Fee $5, $3 seniors and children, $15 family. 

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM: DAVID FILDERMAN GALLERY AND EMILY LOWE GALLERY, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead,, 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; two wheelchair-accessible galleries. David Filderman Gallery exhibition: Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration, through March 10. Emily Lowe Gallery exhibition: Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts, through Dec. 14. Special programs: Oct. 24: Hidden in Sight: Voices Unheard. Nov. 1: Hidden in Sight: A Community Conversation. Nov. 8: Dance After World War I: A Structured Improv Response. Dec. 6: Changing Perceptions: Curator’s Conversation. Year-round children’s programs include Saturday ARTful Adventures: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 and free outdoor “Let’s Explore” backpacks and “The Great Art Caper.” 

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND TOLERANCE CENTER OF NASSAU COUNTY, 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove, 516-571-8040, 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. Sun. Call for tour hours during the week. Fee Suggested donation of $10, $5 seniors, $4 students. 

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, 516-224-5800, 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. 6: TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™. Nov. 17-18: Ultimate Birthday Party Weekend: Celebrate LICM’s 25th Birthday. Dec. 31: Countdown to 12! Jan. 26-May 5, 2019: Sonic Sensation. Fee $14 adults and children, $12 seniors, free younger than 1; (additional fees for theater and special programming may apply). 

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARMOR, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage,, 516-454-8265. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. (last ticket sold 3 p.m.). See World War II armor as the clock is turned back to 1944 France. Oct. 21: Armor Experience. Nov. 11: Centennial of the end of World War I Service. Dec. 16: Battle of the Bulge Commemoration. May 4-5, 2019: World War 11 Encampment. Fee $13, $7 vets, seniors and ages 5-12, free younger than 5, includes admission to village restoration. 

NASSAU COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 1 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindberg Boulevard, Garden City,, 516-572-4177. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Sept.-June. 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, Hours 11 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Visit website for installation closings and program information. 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 works. The Saltzman Fine Art Building features 10 galleries, changing exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other programs. Family Sundays at the Museum, weekly classes for adults and children, 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. 4: True Colors and A Mirror to Nature: Sculpture by Marko Remec. Beginning Nov. 17: Wild Kingdom. 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, 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. 

OLD BETHPAGE VILLAGE RESTORATION, Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, 516-572-8401, 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 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. 27-28: 1880s Haunted Halloween. Nov. 3-4: I Love Chocolate Fest. Nov. 10-11: Woodworkers Show. Nov. 24-25: 1863 Thanksgiving. Dec. 21-23 and 27-29: Candlelight Evenings. Fee $13, $8 ages 5-12 and seniors, free younger than 5 (special events higher). 

OYSTER BAY RAILROAD MUSEUM, 102 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-558-7036, Hours Call. Visitor center with museum store, historic presidential train station and display yard with vintage railroad equipment, rolling stock and turntable. Dec. 8-9: Holiday Express. Fee $5, $4 ages 62 and older, $3 ages 6-12, free children 5 and younger. 

PHILLIPS HOUSE MUSEUM, 28 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-764-7459. Hours 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Sept.-June. 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,, 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. 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, Hours 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. Museum was the home of Robert Townsend, a key member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. During the Revolutionary War, the house was occupied by British officer Col. John Graves Simcoe and visited by Maj. John Andre. The home is both Colonial and Victorian with the front of the house interpreted to the years of the Revolution, while the back showcases a Victorian addition. The garden is open to the public. Oct. 27: Village-wide Halloween parade with 12-foot-tall puppets of Townsend descendants. Nov. 18: Spies and Codes (children’s workshop). Fee Public house tour $7, $5 seniors and students, free 6 and younger. 

ROCK HALL (CIRCA 1767), Town of Hempstead Museum 199 Broadway, Lawrence, 516-239-1157, Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Rock Hall is a fully furnished Georgian Colonial historic house museum, free admission, guided tours, fully furnished cellar with permanent archaeology exhibit, 18th century warming kitchen, wine and cold storage displays. See website for all museum programs. Oct. 20-21: 33rd Annual Rock Hall Country Fair featuring a lumberjack show. Nov. 4: Lecture: Walt Whitman Visits Rock Hall. Nov. 18: Nanny Rose School of Etiquette for Children. Dec. 6: Children’s Storytelling by the Fireside (“Felicity’s Surprise: A Christmas Story”). Dec. 9: “A Festive Afternoon” with sweets and decorations 4-6 p.m. Reservations required for museum programs. Fee Program fees apply. 

SAGAMORE HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay,, 516-922-4788. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. year-round. Grounds open daily, sunrise to sunset. 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. Entrance to the home is by guided tour only. Tour reservations encouraged at Fee House tour fees: $10 ages 16 and older, free 15 and younger; free parking and free admission to the Old Orchard Museum. 

SANDS-WILLETS HOUSE, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, 336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, 516-365-9074, 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. 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. 20: 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, 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 on school holidays. Fee Varies for special programs; preserve is free. 

TACKAPAUSHA MUSEUM AND PRESERVE, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford,, 516-571-7443. Hours Museum open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thur.-Sun. year-round; 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, 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. 



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