Wednesday's Top 10: Local Museums That Offer Something for Everyone

Long Island museums will educate and stimulate your mind.

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We are fortunate to have many museums right here on Long Island.  There are so many incredible exhibits that will educate and stimulate your mind.  They are also great for enhancing leisure time.  Exhibits range from art, sports, aviation, maritime, firefighters, hands-on kids fun and many more.  There is really something for everyone.  Some museums offer sleep-overs for your very own "Night at the Museum" experience.  
Museums offer hidden treasures and unexpected surprises.  Discover how science and aviation intertwine with the history of Long Island, from the flight of Charles Lindbergh to man's first steps on the moon.  Have you ever wanted to be a TV anchor or meteorologist on the nightly news?  The Communication Station area of LICM, lets you do just that.  Step back in time to the simpler life of the 1950's at the Long Island Museum's exhibit.  Catch a film on the Giant Screen Dome IMAX theatre at the Cradle of Aviation.  
These are some of our favorites:
  • The Long Island Museum  
    1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook (631) 751-0066  
    Their collection of over 200 carriages and rotating exhibits will amaze you.

  • Cradle of Aviation 
    1 Davis Avenue, Garden City (516) 572-4111
    Learn about the rich history of local aviation.  See more than 70 aircraft and spacecraft.

  • Heckscher Museum of Art 
    2 Prime Avenue, Huntington (631) 351-3250
    There are more than 2,000 works including paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photograpghy.

  • The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 
    74 Hauppague Road, Commack (631) 462-9800
    The museum celebrates Jewish involvement in all sports including sportscasters, writers and team owners.

  • Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum 
    301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3418
    Listen to the song of the humpback whale and see a 19th century whaleboat.

  • Long Island Children's Museum 
    11 Davis Avenue, Garden City (516) 224-5800
    Toddlers to teens will enjoy the hands-on exhibits. 

  • American Airpower Museum 
    1230 New Highway, Farmingdale (631) 293-6398
    Walk through the hangars and control tower used to train World War II pilots.
  • Long Island Maritime Museum 
    88 West Avenue, West Sayville (631) 447-8679
    Learn about maritime history including yachting, shipbuilding, fishing and the Great South Bay oyster industry.

  • Nassau County Firefighters Museum 
    1 Davis Avenue, Garden City (516) 572-4177
    The history of firefighters in Nassau including vintage fire trucks, uniforms and equipment.

  • East End Seaport Museum 
    3rd Street at Ferry Dock, Greenport (631) 477-2100
    The exhibits celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the area.


We'd love to hear about your favorite museums on Long Forum!