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. The Museum, celebrating its 50th year, opened on July 4, 1967. Specializing in New York State & Long Island geology with rocks, fossils, minerals, gems, and Native American culture & archaeology 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.
Major events include: Dinosaur Day (April), Garvies Point Day (1st Saturday in August), and Native American Feast (weekend before Thanksgiving). 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, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.
Preserve is open 7 days a week during daylight hours.
- Gift Shop
- Museum/Visitors Center
- Nature Trails
- Guided Tours
- Interactive Exhibits
- School/Group Tours
- Summer Camp Programs
- Self-Guided Tours
- Workshops & Classes