As early as 2500 B.C. the Matinecock Indians occupied a sheltered campsite on the south side of the property, adjacent to what was then a marsh. This was a small seasonal site with fewer than 50 residents who were primarily hunters and gatherers of wild foods such as shellfish. This area was included in the tract of land purchased in 1668 by Joseph Carpenter of Warwick, Rhode Island. It became part of the Garvie family estate when Dr. Thomas Garvie, a physician and the founder of this prominent Long Island family, emigrated here from Scotland in 1803.
The land was purchased by Nassau County in 1963 in an effort to protect the rich archaeological, geological and nature preserve from development. The Museum opened on July 4, 1967. Specializing in New York State & Long Island geology with rocks, fossils, minerals, gems, and study of Native American archaeology on Long Island with an interactive “woodland village” with activities depicting Native American life-ways. 5 miles of nature trails lead you through 62 acres of glacial moraine covered by forests, thickets, a meadow, and two ponds with a rocky shoreline along the east side of Hempstead Harbor – plus bird and butterfly-friendly gardens.
Don’t forget to visit our beautiful gift shop full of souvenirs & gifts, minerals & fossils, books, educational toys, Native American made jewelry and much more. Funded by the Friends of Garvies Point Museum & Preserve. Become a member today.
Children's Summer Day Camps; Summer Saturday Programs in July & August. Plus, Fall Programs & Crafts.
Major events include: Dinosaur Daze (April), Garvies Point Museum Day (1st Saturday in August), and Native American Feast (weekend before Thanksgiving). All major event postponed to 2022. We also offer a series of 16 museum school programs, scout & merit badge programs, children’s summer workshops, birthday parties, and special craft days.
Museum & Gift Shop Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.
Museum closed Sundays, Mondays, Independence Day, Election Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Preserve is open 7 days a week 8:30 am - dusk.
- Gift Shop
- Museum/Visitors Center
- Nature Trails
- Guided Tours
- Interactive Exhibits
- School/Group Tours
- Summer Camp Programs
- Self-Guided Tours
- Workshops & Classes